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Nottingham college to have facelift

26 July 2013

by Pat Ashworth


ST JOHN's Theological College, Nottingham, is to renovate its entire campus in a five-year plan an- nounced during the college's 150th anniversary thanksgiving service at Southwell Minster on 13 July.

Central to the first stage of the programme, to be launched next year with a £3.5-million appeal, will be the building of a Learning Resource Centre, to house the extensive library, and to provide a global facility for research into the changing face of the world Church.

The Principal, the Revd Dr David Hilborn, described St John's as "a centre of excellence for theological study and the training of Christian leaders".

Five former principals of the college, which began life as the London College of Divinity in 1863, and moved from Northwood to Nottingham in 1970, joined him on Sunday (pictured): Canon Michael Green, Bishop Colin Buchanan, Professor Anthony Thiselton, the Revd Professor John Goldingay, and Dr Christina Baxter.

Previous chairmen of the St John's Council who were present included Bishop Roy Williamson, Bishop Richard Inwood, and the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, was among former staff members, and the preacher was the Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, the college's first woman ordinand.

Bishop Buchanan, principal from 1979 to 1985, and associated with the college for 21 years, believed that St John's should take some credit for Evangelicalism's becoming a "leading force" in the 21st century, after its marginalised position of 50 years ago.

The Bishop, who has spent seven years researching and writing St John's College Nottingham: From Northwood to Nottingham, the story of 50 Years 1963-2013, revealed that he had wanted to call the book God's Own College, but that had been resisted by the college council as "theologically pre-emptive".

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