Highland Theological College UHI has appointed two members of staff to run its newly opened base in Glasgow. Mrs Pamela Adkins and Reverend Nathan Owens will run the classrooms based at Newton Place in Glasgow’s west end, with teaching being delivered mainly by video-conferencing from the college’s main campus in Dingwall.
The Glasgow premises have been established in time for the start of the new academic session. Highland Theological College has experienced a growing demand for its theological studies degree from people in the Central Belt following the demise of International Christian College which had provided theological education and training for ministry in Glasgow since 1892 but ceased educational operations earlier in the summer.
“The closure of International Christian College brings a significant loss to theological education in Scotland and beyond,” explained college principal Reverend Hector Morrison.
“We at HTC are excited to be able to establish this new facility in order to make provision for evangelical theological education in Glasgow.”
“As an HTC graduate himself, Reverend Owens will be a great support to Central Belt-based students who want to study on campus with a peer group for support and interaction. Mrs Adkins has excellent administrative experience to run the new facility”.
Notwithstanding the flexibility already offered to students, demand for provision by HTC to applicants in the Central Belt has been increasing yet some have indicated that distance-learning is unsuitable for their needs.
To accommodate their preference for class-room based learning we have come to an arrangement with the United Free Church of Scotland to use part of their facilities at their head office in the centre of Glasgow to set up HTC classrooms.
The venue is conveniently located for train, underground and bus travel and will comprise classrooms, fully equipped with high quality video-conferencing equipment, and a small library area. This provision at Newton Place, Glasgow, is offered to Central Belt students as an enhancement to the excellent distance-learning service already offered and it is anticipated to be suitable for many but not all students.
Some students, including those with limited mobility, will still benefit from the convenience of studying at home.
This is a huge development for HTC. We are confident that God is leading us forward and we are excited about embarking on this new adventure with Him.
We are very grateful to the Rev. John Fulton, General Secretary, and the Trustees of the United Free Church of Scotland for partnering with us to make this project possible and for their tremendous encouragement and excitement at being part of this work.