Newton College has been forming leaders for the Anglican Church in PNG for 70 years. Theological education began in the Anglican Church f PNG with an initiative by Bishop Newton in 1936. In 1952 A theological college was established in 1952 at Dogura. With the passing of the time, with the Anglican church of this country becoming an independent province within the Anglican Communion, it was decided to move Newton College to a new site near Popondetta. In 1976 land was cleared at Jonita and the building of the College’s present campus was begun.
Today the College has a fine chapel, also dedicated to St Athanasius, a library, a hall, an administration block, 3 classrooms, 5 staff residences, a single student’s block, 16 houses for married students, and other ancillary buildings. These stand in a park-like setting of lawns and trees.
Staff and students share in a community of learning, worship and care as the college draws on its 70 years of history in preparing leaders for the years ahead.
Newton College offers studies towards three qualifications:
· The Certificate in Theology.
· The Diploma in Ministry
· The Advanced Diploma in Theology.
The Certificate in Theology is orientated towards lay leaders who want to develop their understanding of theology in their lay ministry context, whether within a church agency, school or other workplace.
The Diploma in Ministry is the primary qualification for those seeking to be ordained within the Anglican Church of PNG. It covers the essential theological foundations and also has a strong emphasis on ministry praxis. It includes a supervised ministry placement.
The Advanced Diploma is for students who show that they have the capacity to engage in greater theological depth and possibly to progress to further studies.
In accordance with PNG Government guidelines, entry to all courses requires completion of Year 12 or equivalent.
For students with higher level Year 10 qualifications a one Semester Pathways course is available. Satisfactory attainment in this course may gay conditional entry to the Certificate in Theology or the Diploma in Ministry.
Newton College has a Library of about 14000 volumes, with the collection covering all of the main theological disciplines. There is a special emphasis on volumes that reflect Melanesian theology and history.
All ordination students are accommodated on campus. For married students, there are small cottages. For single students there is a single room accommodation block, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.
All students have access to allocated gardens, where they may grow food to support themselves.
Student fees and bursaries.
For the current fee schedule, please email the college at:
Bursaries are available for ordination candidates from each of the dioceses of ACPNG. For more information about entry and bursaries, please use the email address above.
Life at Newton College revolves around the Chapel. The St Athanasius Chapel is a fine building and a place from which the voices of praise and prayer resonate across the chapel. All are welcome to join in worship, which is often led by students.