Trinity In Sydney

Classic Anglican Theological Education

Trinity in Sydney is an exciting partnership between St James’ Institute and Trinity College Theological School (TCTS), Melbourne, which see TCTS’s world-renowned faculty teaching a series of seminars and intensives at the St James’ Institute. The units will suit both clergy and laity, either for credit or audit.

TCTS has been offering theological education since 1877 and its courses are accredited by the University of Divinity.

Trinity College Theological School Dean, the Rev’d Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker says the partnership with the St James’ Institute is exciting as it extends the reach and influence of TCTS and contribute to the diversity of Anglican theological education of Sydney.

“This partnership begins to address the desire by many in Sydney for Anglican theological education from a Broad Church and Anglo-Catholic perspective. I am thrilled that TCTS is partnering with the St James’ Institute, which already has an established reputation for providing intellectually and spiritually meaningful theological education to Anglicans in Sydney.”

The following units are now open for enrolment for both clergy and laity. Please contact  for more information, or visit


Saturday Seminar (Saturday 18 February 2023)

The Kingdom of Heaven has Come Near: Understanding the Gospel of Matthew

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker

BN3100T/BN9100T (18, 20-23 February 2023)

The Gospel of Matthew

This unit provides an in-depth study of the Gospel of Matthew. The primary focus is on the narrative shape and the core theological themes which make this Gospel unique. Attention will be paid to Matthew’s use of his sources, including the Old Testament Scriptures. It will also explore the issue of authorship and examine the community out of which the Gospel arose. The unit will consider the ways in which this Gospel addresses issues that are of continuing relevance for the life and mission of the church.

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker

Saturday Seminar (Saturday 8 July 2023)

Spotlight on Women: The Ancient World and the Apostle Paul

Taught by The Rev’d Canon Professor Dorothy Lee

BN3810T/BN9810T (8, 10–13 July 2023)

Women’s Authority in the New Testament and Early Church

In this unit students will undertake an in-depth exegetical and theological study of selected New Testament texts featuring women and issues of authority. Students will also engage with women’s authority and position in the period of the early church. Students will explore the socio-cultural, literary and theological contexts for these texts, in dialogue with contemporary feminist approaches. In addition, students will explore the current context of women’s leadership and draw conclusions from the context of the period of the New Testament and early church.

Taught by The Rev’d Canon Professor Dorothy Lee

DC3000T/DC9000T (7- 9 September – Trinity College, Melbourne and 9 -11 November – St James’ Institute, Sydney)

Anglican Church Law and Governance

A two-part intensive on Anglican Church law and governance, the only such course in Australia. 

  • Theological understandings of the church and law in the New Testament and early church – The Rev’d Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, FAHA and The Rev’d Professor Mark Lindsay, FRHistS
  • Canon law of the Church of England and the Anglican Church of Australia – Dr Robert Tong, AM and The Hon. Keith Mason, AC KC
  • The governance of parishes – The Rt Rev’d Dr Brad Billings
  • The clergy: status, role, responsibilities, and discipline – Ms Rachel Ellyard, Barrister and Mr Garth Blake, AM SC
  • The maintenance of professional standards – Mr Michael Shand, AM KC and Judge Elizabeth Brimer, SC
  • Dioceses, provinces and the Australian National Church – The Most Rev’d Dr Phillip Aspinall, AC and The Rev’d Dr Alexander Ross
  • The conduct of worship and the pastoral offices – The Rev’d Dr David Powys and The Rt Rev’d Alison Taylor