Historical Background

West Indies Theological College has its beginning as West Indies Bible Institute in September, 1950, in response to a long-felt need for a programme of training for Leaders in the Church of God in the Southern Caribbean.  Under the guidance of Rev. and Mrs. Clair Shultz and Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Coolidge, Missionaries serving in Trinidad and Tobago, along with Missionaries serving in Guyana, Grenada, and Barbados, a programme of classes was launched at the Church at 40 Carlos Street in Port of Spain. 

For the first year or so the Missionary Staff managed the programme with one(1) Trinidadadian Student as a Part Time Lecturer and a Medical Doctor, who was a Member of the Church, teaching one (1) course.

Shortly thereafter, the Missionaries drafted a few national Church Leaders into an Advisory Committee.  To further this shift of Administrative Leadership and responsibility from the Missionaries, a Board of Trustees was organized if 1955 with Representatives of the Church in the four (4) territories chosen by the respective local Assemblies.

 In that same year a Caribbean person was elected and inaugurated as President.  The process continued with the departure of Missionaries and the involvement of Nationals to the extent that by September 1967 the entire Administration and Staff had become Caribbean.

At the opening of the School, the complement of full-time students included two (2) from Barbados, one (1) from Grenada, one (1) from Guyana, and three (3) from Trinidad and Tobago, while approximately twenty local persons entered as part-time students.  Since then, students have been drawn mainly from those Eastern Caribbean Countries where the Church of God has Congregations; from St. Kitts/Nevis in the North, Guyana in the South; one (1) student came from the Church in Curacao.  For a while, some students came from Panama and Costa Rica; but this was discontinued when it became more convenient for them to attend a Spanish-Speaking School in their Region.  Since the official formation of the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Assembly of the Church of God in 1981, linking all territories in the whole Region, students came from Jamaica as well.

Our Mission Statement

West Indies Theological College is committed to being an instrument of education and training through which the Church of God contributes to the guidance and preparation of Christian Leaders and other Personnel to serve the Church and the Community in the Caribbean and beyond.

 

Our Mission Statement

West Indies Theological College is committed to being an instrument of education and training through which the Church of God contributes to the guidance and preparation of Christian Leaders and other Personnel to serve the Church and the Community in the Caribbean and beyond.

 

Our Vision Statement

West Indies Theological College is committed to becoming a provider of the highest quality education and training for its constituents and to enable graduates to serve with humility and a keen sense of purpose, responsibility, diligence and distinction.

 

Physical Adress:

La Pastora Road

Upper Santa Cruz

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

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Phone: 1 (868) 676 -7020

Fax: 1. (868) 676 - 2255

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 572

Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

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