A time of transition and development for GTC


In the Grace Alone newsletter of November last year we highlighted important changes in college personnel, plus our ambition to offer undergraduate study through the Australian College of Theology (ACT). At the close of 2014, we farewelled Principal Peter Reynolds and Administrator Wendy Kerr, both after 8 years service (Peter remains a Board member and Adjunct-Lecturer). We also welcomed Christchurch-based Peter Collier as a new Board member. Peter comes with a particular focus on assisting GTC gain ACT accreditation, and to create a greater awareness of GTC among NZ churches and ministries. Soon after, Ian Grant (long-serving Board member and Biblical theology lecturer) commenced work as Academic Dean and Registrar. This role assumes some of the academic administration previously required of the Principal, and adds real depth to GTC’s capacity to in future offer accredited degree study. If you haven’t already, please see our November 2014 Grace Alone for more information about these changes:

We are also pleased to add that in February 2015 Peter Collier was appointed Associate-Principal (Development). This position builds on Peter’s earlier Board appointment, and reflects the importance of the development initiatives he is overseeing. Since then substantial progress has been made towards GTC offering accredited ACT awards, and we hope to outline details regarding this in the near future.

Visit by Covenant Theological Seminary staff and students in 2014


In August 2014 GTC hosted a visit by Drs. Greg Perry (Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Zack Eswine (Riverside Community Church, St. Louis) along with some of the seminary’s students. They will be spending time in NZ teaching and helping out with grass-roots ministry.

Dr Greg PerryDr. Gregory Perry is Associate Professor of New Testament and the director of City Ministry Initiative. He came to Covenant Seminary in 2003, following over ten years of ministry in local churches and on the mission field. While teaching theology in Australia, Dr. Perry chaired a task force to assess and support Australian church planters. He has also served on pastoral church staffs in Atlanta and Northern Virginia, working with small groups, pastoral care, and ministry to single adults.

Dr. Perry has been involved in several creative non-profit ministries seeking to embody the Gospel while addressing social challenges in urban Atlanta and D.C. He is currently a board member of Third Millennium, an organization created to bring theological education to church leaders in the developing world. Dr. Perry has a heart to disciple students in creative cultural applications of the Gospel, which he carries out through the Seminary’s City Ministry Initiative.

Zack Eswine3Dr. Zack Eswine serves the Riverside Community, St. Louis Missouri, as Senior Pastor.  Dr. Eswine has served in pastoral roles for nearly twenty years. He served as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director for Doctor of Ministry for six years at Covenant Theological Seminary.  Zack’s books include, Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being (Crossway, 2013),  Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes (P&R, 2013), Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with our Culture (Baker, 2008) and Kindled Fire: How the Methods of C.H. Spurgeon can help your Preaching (Mentor, 2006). His forthcoming book is Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Handling the Painful Sides of Life and Ministry (Christian Focus).

Zack has previously visited NZ during which time his preaching was most warmly received.

All the talks are available free on this site.

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