FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
17 February 2011
New Season for Queensland Theological College
Rev Dr Bruce Winter is well known as the spearhead of the dramatic reversal in fortunes at the Queensland Theological College (QTC) – with enrolments growing at a rate faster than any college accredited by the Australian College of Theology over the past four years.
Chairman of QTC’s governing committee, Rev Philip Strong, has announced that Dr Winter will have a change of roles and remain with the college at the end of his current five year contract. Rev Strong said, “We are thrilled that Dr Winter is remaining with us in a teaching capacity in this next stage of life and ministry, as he steps down from the role of Principal.”
Dr Winter joined the faculty from Tyndale House, at the University of Cambridge. He is a world leader in the study of first century Roman history as it relates to Christianity, and has published several works in that area. It is proposed he will continue in a lecturing role with QTC in the honoured position of Research Professor and in his ongoing role with Emmanuel College as the Director of the Institute for Early Christianity.
Rev Philip Strong, paid tribute to Rev. Dr Winter’s work, announcing that the Presbyterian Church of Queensland will be asked to honour him by conferring the title of Research Professor in New Testament Context and Systematic Theology from the 1st January 2012.
“Under Dr Winter's leadership, QTC has developed significantly over the last four years. His enthusiasm and academic capabilities have been crucial to outstanding growth in the college’s teaching staff, student body, and reputation. We are thankful for his service during that time, and we are very pleased to honour him with this position, which marks the esteem with which he is held. We pray his involvement with QTC as our research professor and as a teacher of our students will continue for many years to come,” Rev Strong said.
Rev. Dr Bruce Winter’s retirement as Principal will be effective December 2011. It is proposed that he will continue with the college as a research professor and lecturer. He also continues as the Director of the Institute for Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World at Emmanuel College, University of Queensland.
Dr Winter's Research Professorship marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of QTC.
Rev Strong also announced that QTC is advertising the position of lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew language. The college is seeking a lecturer for this position who also has the gifts and experience for the role of QTC Principal. The position is to commence January 2012. Further information can be found at www.qtc.edu.au