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A Brief History of Talua

Talua Ministry Training Centre is the amalgamation of the Presbyterian Bible College and Aulua Theological Training Centre. The Presbyterian Bible College was opened in 1971 on Tangoa Island, to provide a two year course to train lay people. The Aulua Theological Training Centre was set up in 1977 at Aulua, on the island of Malekula, to train pastors for the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. In 1986 the two colleges were combined to form the Talua Ministry Training Centre. The name Talua comes from Tangoa and Aulua, the sites of the two former colleges. Talua takes up its mission from the former colleges: to train lay people and pastors. Talua used temporary accommodation until the opening of the new college in South Santo on August 24, 1988.

In 1993 Talua was accredited by the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) to offer a Diploma in Theology and a Certificate in Theology for an initial period of 3 years. In 1996 and again in 2001 for 2002 Talua was re-accredited for a further 6 years.

In 1998 Talua celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Talua campus in South Santo, and dedicated the Tenth Anniversary Coconut Plantation.

In 1999 Talua offered its first one year Mission Training Course, which offers a Certificate in Mission Studies. Nine students were equipped to become mission workers in unreached areas of Vanuatu. In 2001 another seven students were trained for rural mission and in 2002 eight mission students were trained for urban mission. The mission training program continues, and in 2009 it will provide two years training.

At the end of 1999, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed with the Church of Melanesia for the training of Anglican candidates at Talua. In 2000 the first Anglican lecturer was appointed as a staff member of Talua, and the first intake of Anglican students commenced their studies. A second COM staff member was later appointed also.

The last lay training certificate students graduated in 2008. This was to prepare for the BMin program which began in 2009.Lay students will now study at Presbytery Bible Colleges and Lay training centres.