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Posted by St Philips Theological College on April 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

St Philips is 100 years old

On 9th November 2014 St Philips Theological College marked 100 years of its ministry.

Representatives from various Anglican dioceses in Tanzania, other denominations, Anglican training institutions, missionaries, alumni and friends from all around the world met to celebrate the occassion. Speakers during seminars and discussion groups included Professor Gary Badcock from Huron University College Canada (the founders of St Philips), Prof Jacques Hadler from Virginia Theological Seminary USA (St Philips alumni), Revd Canon Hugh Prentice from Australia (St Philips Alumni), Revd Canon David Kitley from UK who also preached on the main service, and Mr Chris Moffet from the UK. They spoke on a range of topics relating to training and ministry and its challenges today. Revd Andrew Petit and Mr David Gibbons from St Mary's Church Cholsey - UK also led a four day seminar on Rooted in Jesus on the week following the celebrations. 

Our main guest was The Honorouble deputy speaker of the national parliament and MP for Kongwa Mr Job Ndugai and he was accompanied by the Kongwa District Commissioner Hon. Alfred Msovella.

Following the service which was led by Bishops Dr Aaron Kijanjali and Dr Given Gaula, the Eucharist celebrated by His Grace Archbishop Dr Jacob Chimeledya there was tree planting and openning of the new toilet blocks and refurbished dinning hall and a community meal.

Graduation 2014

Posted by St Philips Theological College on July 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

On the 7th of June we said goodbye to 29 students, who graduated following their three years at the college. The students who graduated came from all the represented dioceses of the Anglican Church while others came from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and the Moravian Church of Tanzania. Our Guest of Honour was scheduled to be the Deputy Speaker of the Tanzanian of the Tanzanian National Parliament and MP for Kongwa, but unfortunately he was not able to come but sent a representative MP Honourable Bura. Our main speaker was the retired Archbishop His Grace Rt Revd  Donald Mtetemela who is also Chancellor for St John's University. He was also accompanied by retired Bishop His Grace Rt Revd Francis Ntiruka who is also Chaplain and Dean of Theology at St John's University of Tanzania. In his speach the Archbishop stressed on servanthood, based on the Ascension of Christ experience, saying that the disciples were given a task following the departure of Christ, and so they must be aware and prepared on the task ahead in serving the one who called them to ministry. Bishop Francis led the congregation on the Eucharist, while the representing MP acknowledged the important role played by the church in society. She pointed out that good quality pastors are needed today amidst the many challenges in modern society where social order seems to weaken, and that the pastors can have a key role to play. A choir from the Moravian Church in Mbeya added the spirit of worship and festivity. Representatives also came from the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Moravian Church Dodoma Diocese and they all took part. The students graduated in the main Theology course and the wives course while others graduated with our new degree course in Mission Leadership and Development.

Welcome 2014

Posted by St Philips Theological College on February 6, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday the third of February, our first term of second semmester was opened by a chapel service. The message was on  'Depending on God' in which we were remnded that in all we do God is above all, and in the midst of all our efforts  we are reminded to depend on Him. The next day in the staff meeting the staff also were encouraged amidst the challenges we have this year in marking the centenary.  The next activity heading towards the centenary will be the sponsored walk, which the staff and students will be involved. The walk will be about 50Kms from Mpwapwa to Kongwa, to enact the walk which was made by those who first  walked to come and start a mission station in Kongwa far fom the caravan route. The walk will be done on Saturday the 3rd of May followed by a service and fundraising event on Sunday May the 4th. 


Posted by St Philips Theological College on January 14, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

With great sadness we received the news of the sudden death of our dear friend, colleague and partner in the Gospel. Andy was a true disciple of Jesus whose desire was to live for him and to truely witness in word and deed. Although he was far away we still hoped to see him one day in this world. But with his departure we still have hope of seeing him in the world to come before our Father's presence. 

We thank Revd Dr Phil Groves and Canon Hugh Prentice for breaking this news to the college.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go to Kathy and the children and the wider family.

An extract we received below says

Dear Friends with connections to Tanzania, 

Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus. 

I share with you the sad news of the death of Andy Stirrup, who died in Sydney on Thursday 9 January. We pray for his widow, Kathy, and for their 3 children, Alexandra, Christopher and James. Andy and Kathy served the Lord as missionaries with Crosslinks (UK) in Tanzania from 1994 to 2000, in the fellowship of the Diocese of Tabora and St Philip's Theological College, Kongwa. Dorothy and I were neighbours of the Stirrup family in Kongwa. Kathy's parents are the Revd Brian and Mrs Gwen Higginbotham, who served the Lord as missionaries of CMS Australia in Tanzania and the Northern Territory of Australia in the 1960s. 

I am grateful to Mrs Kate Bradford and the Revd Bob Andrews for kindly letting me know of Andy's death. At present, I have no details of arrangments for Andy's funeral. 

Here is the annoucement as sent out by the Diocese of Sydney: 

Youthworks mourns lecturer’s sudden death

11th Jan 2014

AMS Staff 

The Sydney Anglican youth arm, Youthworks, and the wider church community is mourning the sudden loss of College lecturer Andy Stirrup, who collapsed suddenly on Thursday night.

Mr Stirrup collapsed following a run with his son, and was not able to be revived by paramedics.

He was faculty of Youthworks College in 2001 after missionary service in Tanzania. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mr Stirrup came to Australia to study at Moore College in the early 1990's.

He spent five years teaching theological students in Tanzania with the Crosslinks mission organisation.

He lectured in Old Testament, Greek, New Testament Exegesis & Family Ministry at Youthworks College at Loftus in Sydney's South.

"Andy was a foundational and much-loved member of the College faculty, who over 12 years impacted and shaped the lives and ministry of several hundred students" said Youthworks College principal Andrew Nixon. "He will be greatly missed by the College community, but most especially by his wife Kathy, their 3 children, Alex, Chris and James and his wider family" Mr Nixon said.

"Please join us in prayer for them as they grieve the loss of Andy, that they may draw comfort in the faithfulness of our Lord, and the sure knowledge that Andy is now with his Saviour" he said

Mr Stirrup was a member of St Paul's Anglican Church in Menai, southern Sydney.

Details of a thanksgiving service, to be held at the College will be released shortly.

May God grant to Kathy and Alex and Chris and James His grace and comfort in their terrible sadness, and bless all who are reaching out to them with support and encouragement.

An extract from one of Andy's diploma students below 

To everyone who knew or met Andy will deeply be shocked over his sudden death. His time at St. Philip's was not ill-spent . He strengthened the minds and the spirits of ministry to those who were going ministerial formation.  

During all my struggle in furthering up my education, I have never failed mentioning Andy. And of course I do love Old Testament studies because of Andy. It is time to remember the best things that Stirrup has done for God and for the church. 

May our dear friend Andy rest in peace.

(1 Corinthians 15:20)



Second Centenary Fundraising

Posted by St Philips Theological College on November 1, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Following the Centenary Committee meeting held at Archbishops Lodge in Dodoma on Thursday the 12 of September the committee has planned for a second fundraising event to be held at St Philips Kongwa on  the 24th of November 2013. The plan is to move forward with plans to start building the health center. Please if you are a St Philips friend join us with you support by contacting us on our email: or ring at: 0768714032 or 0719400502.

Your gifts and prayers are highly appreciated

New Steering Committee Chair

Posted by St Philips Theological College on September 29, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From the 25th to the 26th of September bishops from the Anglican Church of Tanzania met in Dodoma for the House of Bishops meeting followed by the Standing Committee. Following these meetings, the bishops representing the Inter-Diocesan Council (IDC) Mainland met briefly and appointed the new chairman for St Philip's Steering Committee. The bishop elected for the post was The Rt Revd Isaiah Chambala bishop of the Diocese of Kiteto. Bishop Chambala replaces Bishop Sadock Makaya from the Diocese of Western Tanganyika who has held the post for the last 5 years.



Posted by St Philips Theological College on September 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It is all exciting and it certainly is a milestone. The college started 100 years ago in November 1914 founded by a Canadian missionary (T.B.R Westgate). He was sent by CMS to what was then Tanganyika Territory, to start training local church leaders. A college was founded, Huron College, later to be St Philip's Theological College as it is known today. Since then many staff members from all around the world taught, administered and served in many ways making the college what it is today. We are grateful to them for their commitment and initial efforts.

It is a time to remember, a time to honour, and a time to give thanks for all God has been doing in the church in Tanzania and beyond through theological training. St Philip's has produced thousands of good quality theologians and pastors, most of whom have held prominent positions in the Anglican church of Tanzania and beyond. Within the Anglican Church of Tanzania alone out of the five archbishops we have had, two have come out of St Philip's as student and as staff, not to mention the other bishops and pastors. It is the time to thank all our partners from within the country and from abroad who have maintained the sending of staff and the support of students to this present day.

With these celebrations we have an ambition. Our ambition is to raise 3 billion Tanzanian Shillings (£ 1,200,000 or Euro 1,500,000 or US$ 1,875,000) to be used for


a. Rehabilitation of buildings

b. Building a new training and resource centre

c. Building a health centre

d. Improving the courses we are offering by recruiting staff and attract quality students

e. Promote new courses such as language and computer training (although our aim is still primarily training and equipping pastors to be relevant to the changing context).


We are making an appeal to all who wish to take part in this exciting and challenging future of the college. Our greatest appeal is to God who is the Lord of the harvest, to look down with mercy and compassion as we lift our prayers to Him.


As college community we call for you to join us in the following events:

a) One Sunday a month until November 2014 we have a special offering towards the Centenary

b) On Sunday 24 November 2013 we have a fundraising event at the college. We welcome your contribution or a repeat event from your church or parish.


More events will follow and we will keep you posted. Pass this on to anyone you know who has a link with us. We will soon open up links in one of the social networks with plans to start an alumni association. As you read this you could be one of the founding members if you join membership in this website. Please send us you contact email address.


Our task is to be like Jesus. He said to His disciples, 'I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent' (Luke 4:43). This is what represents the ministry and vision of St Philip's and past, present and future members of the community.



For response please contact: Principal The Revd Canon John Madinda or College Administrator Janet Allen at:


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New Partnership Link with SEITE

Posted by St Philips Theological College on August 17, 2013 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)
In 2012 the first contact was made between St Philip's Theological College and the South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE). From this the idea of a partnership link was born! An encouraging first meeting between the principals took place in Oxford  in August 2013 and they agreed to explore ways of bringing two leading Anglican theological colleges closer together.


Posted by St Philips Theological College on February 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Tanzania met on Thursday the 21st of February 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Dodoma to elect the new Primate. Following the elections, the bishop of Mpwapwa Diocese the Rt Revd Dr Jacob Chimeledya was elected to be the 6th Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Bishop Chimeledya will replace the Rt Revd Dr Valentino Mokiwa of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam. Bishop Jacob studied at the The Institute of Development and Management (IDM) here in Tanzania before going to St Paul's United Theological College in Limuru Kenya and later went for further studies at The Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA. Among other roles he has held before becoming bishop of Mpwapwa Dr Chimeledya worked for World Vision Tanzania as Project Manager and later as recorder (finance), prior to his call for ordination. As priest he also served as Chaplain to the bishop, Diocesan Youth Secretary, Area Dean for Kongwa, Coordinator for the Christian Social Service Commission Central Zone, Principal of Chamhawi Bible School, Principal of St Philip's Theological college and was later elected as bishop of the Diocese of Mpwapwa. He is married to Mwezwa with 4 children Happinness, John, Gamalieli and Margreth. The enthronement service will be held in May 2013.

General Synod Meeting Begins

Posted by St Philips Theological College on November 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Today the General Synod meeting began under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Dr Valentino Mokiwa Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Members who arrived since yesterday met together with an opening act of worship led by the Archbishop Dr Mokiwa who was assisted by the Bishop of Morogoro The Rt. Revd Godfrey Sehaba. Following a short breakfast break, a Bible Study followed, which was led by retired Bishop of Mpwapwa The Rt. Revd Dr Simon Chiwanga. This was then followed by the Archbishop’s opening speech . In his address, the Archbishop welcomed the members and also welcomed the new bishops who had for the first time attended the synod as bishops.. He then outlined the strategic plan for the Anglican province before outlining the challenges which the Province is facing. These include, the world economic downturn, political conflicts, the economic boom in some parts of the world such as Asia, bad democracy, abuse of media, church conflicts and communication breakdown. These he said were the main causes for weakening church leadership and practise. He further said that the church needs to help change people’s habits and behaviour and that this synod ought to discuss such matters. He also thanked Canon Kearon for his appreciation on the role of the Anglican Church of Tanzania on world matters, highlighting the church involvement through the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All African Conference of Churches (AACC). Quoting Proverbs 29:18, the Archbishop called for a new vision which brings determination in achieving its goals. The vision also gives hope, blessings, trust, creativity, humility and joy and gives meaning to life. ‘In this 41st year since the start of the province we are aiming at marking 50 years with doing something special’ the Archbishop said. He need to see the future as (a) Cooperation in leadership (b) Advocacy in bringing forward Anglicanism, with Jesus as our foundation ( c) Having a decade of evangelism to push forward the gospel Further Dr Mokiwa said that this synod should also discuss conflict , offer advice and give a statement, and even ask the government for the involvement of the Anglican church on the country’s constitutional review and work towards improving structures. Following the archbishop’s address, The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon General Secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council addressed the meeting. In his address, he congratulated the Anglican Church of Tanzania in its contributing role in the Anglican Communion. He also looked at the challenge of globalisation within the church today pointing out how inextricably connected we are, and the need for a renewed vision. Emphasising on leadership he led the participants in recognising the importance of the fourfold ministry of laity, deacon, priests and bishops in serving communities in love, being hands, feet and eyes of Jesus. This involves serving the young people ( diakonia ), the sick and needy and those who suffer in different ways and each person called to be a leader in service, serving one another as Jesus did. This is done through worship, reading the Bible, and communion, pointing the people to God. The day continued with reports from various provincial institution. The meeting continues tomorrow.