Bible College SA has been training men and women for gospel work in both Australia and overseas for 90 years. Originally called the 'Adelaide Bible Institute', the College was established in 1924 and offered evening classes to train people for missionary service. In 1949, the College became residential, first at West Richmond before moving in 1950 to Payneham. It was at this time that the College began to provide full time ministry training programs. Growing numbers of students meant that in 1962, the College relocated to larger premises in Victor Harbour where Rev. Geoffrey Bingham became Principal and oversaw a continued increase in the student body.
The College was renamed 'Bible College of South Australia' in 1973 and in 1980, the strategic decision was made to move back to the city. The former Concordia College girls' boarding house was acquired and continues to be the College's home today.
In the 1990s, the College partnered with Burleigh Baptist Theological College to start teaching the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry degrees of the Australian College of Theology, the country's oldest and largest accredited provider of tertiary theolgical education. At the end of that decade, the same partnership saw the establishment of the South Australian Graduate School of Theology. This enabled the teaching of Masters and Doctoral degrees in addition to the range of undergraduate awards. In 2007, following the closure of Burleigh, the Graduate School was amagamated into the College proper where the full range of academic programs are now still offered.
Over the past few years the College has continued to enjoy an increase in student numbers and has developed a reputation for providing students with both high quality teaching and ministry formation. Our ministry is being shared across Adelaide in many ways and the College has formed a number of partnerships with local Christian churches, mission agencies and organisations. In addition, the College provides a number of seminars to support local Church leaders and Pastors. It is our prayer that God will continue to bless and build his work at Bible College SA and we trust that he will use us to equip men and women for Kingdom service in our state and beyond for many years to come.