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The new campus opened in 1961 to great public interest, with over 6,000 turning up for the opening ceremony. Two months later, Rev. Allan Burrow commenced as Principal and brought rapid change. The curriculum was realigned to make external academic recognition possible, with students able to take the Melbourne College of Divinity Diploma of Theology, Dip RE, and BD subjects alongside the BTI Diploma. A greater diversity of subjects was introduced.

Enrolments continued to grow, with 176 students by 1963. More classrooms and the library were built. Autumn and Summer Schools in Christchurch and Auckland commenced. 

In 1965 Allan Burrow resigned, and within two months Rev. David Stewart was appointed Principal. The changing demographic of students was recognised with the construction of the first four family flats on campus in 1968. 

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Opening Ceremony 1961



  •  The official opening of the new Henderson campus on 18 February 1961 is attended by around 6,000 people. 

  • Rev. Alan L. Burrow appointed as Principal. Previously founder of the Adelaide Bible Institute. 



  • Curriculum realigned so Diploma course runs parallel to requirements of Melbourne College of Divinity awards of Licentiate of Theology and DipRE, enabling externally accredited study. 

  • Short-term Bible Schools are initiated in Summer, Winter and Autumn around NZ. 

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Rev. David G. Stewart


  • Rev. David G. Stewart appointed Principal. He serves in that role for 24 years. 

  • The first four family flats are built on the Henderson campus. 


 A third year of study is introduced for students wanting to complete the Bachelor of Thelogy (accredited by the Melbourne College of Divinity). 


 Lincoln Road 1960s 

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