RTC has opened its campus in the Melbourne CBD. With many people and supporters in attendance, a plaque was unveiled and soon students will be flock to 221 Queen Street in the heart of Melbourne. Occupying the third level of an office building, RTC has a number of classrooms, offices, a common's area, and a reading room through which it will provide theological education -- "Christ-centered training for life and ministry."
Tony Deenick, the chair of the RTC Board of DIrectors gave a very thorough overview of the history of the RTC. It was well evidenced that God has blessed this journey and He has proved faithful from its early days right up to the present. A former student, and now a pastor in the CRCA, Phil Popping, gave a warm and supportive reflection on his years at RTC. Murray Capill cast the vision of the RTC mission in Melbourne. Telling the story of his grandfather, a farmer, Murray noted that whilst RTC might have gone to the city, they have not sold the farm. The facilities in Geelong will remain a Resource Centre as well as a revenue base for the ongoing ministry of the RTC in providing theological education. Dr. Peter Adam gave the Biblical address on 2 Timothy 2:1-19 reminding RTC that it mission is not about buildings but students -- students that will be able to present themselves to God approved! The official opening was done through the unveiling of the plaque by Richard Cardew, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Australian College of Theology.
The opening of this campus in the Melbourne CBD was many years in the making, a result of discussions the RTC Board had already as early as 2014. It is our prayer that this presence in the Melbourne CBD will result in the training of generations of Christ-followers in how to engage the gospel in all areas of life and ministry. And may the RTC be a light set on a hill, a blessing in the heart of the city.
Photos from this Campus Opening can be viewed here.