Australian College of Theology

The Presbyterian Theological College (PTC) an an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT). We are approved to teach the awards of the ACT on its behalf.


The Australian College of Theology Limited is a higher education provider as defined by the Higher Education Support Act (2003). Like universities, it has government approval to accredit its own courses in the ASCED field of Religious Studies (091703).

The ACT is a national provider, and operates through independent colleges as a consortium. These colleges are approved by the Board of Directors to deliver ACT courses on its behalf, and are termed affiliated colleges of the ACT. 

 The College was established under the auspices of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in 1891. It is now a consortium of over 3,000 students enrolled in 17 affiliated colleges. Its degrees and awards range from one-year diploma courses to doctoral research degrees. 

 CRICOS approvals to deliver ACT courses to overseas students are held by the ACT Ltd. 

The ACT CRICOS provider code is 02650E.

Theological Education Committee

The operation of the College is vested by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, in the Theological Education Committee. This committee meets regularly at the College. It also has responsibility for the candidacy of students for their course of training for the ordained ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.

neil benfell tec convener

Rev Neil Benfell


BA | MEd | BTh | DipTchg

phil mercer trinity camberwell minister tec secretary

Rev Philip Mercer


BA | BTh

Phil Mercer has served as an ordained minister for 32 years, and is currently ministering at Trinity Church, Camberwell. He has served in a range capacities throughout his ministry, including governance roles on school boards, presbyteries and the business committee of state assembly. His passion is to model and mentor practical godliness in the lives of believers both at a parish level and in those being equipped for future ministry. Phil is married to Lavena, and they have been blessed with five children and 10 grandchildren.

Mr Dennis Wright



Dennis is an auditor and accountant, and an elder of the Melton Presbyterian Church since 1998. He has previously served on the Board of Investment and Finance for the PCV, and is currently on the Ministry Management Committee. Dennis loves reading, teaching at his church, and riding his motorbike. He has three children with Glenys, his wife of 44 years, and they have been blessed with three grandchildren.


ivan barker tec

Rev Ivan Barker

BA | MDiv | MTh

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Mr Fraser Diack

BSc | DipTchg

Fraser is an experienced educator, who currently teaches at Kings College. He is the Session Clerk of St John's Presbyterian Church Warrnambool, and the associate editor of Evangelical Action magazine. Prior to his teaching career, Fraser worked in the dairy industry, and in healthcare as a haemodialysis technician. He has also spent time pastoring churches in both Australia and New Zealand. Fraser is married to Dianne, and they have six adult children. 

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Rev Stephen Jones

BPO | DipTh | MDiv

In 2009, Stephen undertook a ministry apprenticeship in Wollongong before deciding to enter the PTC as a candidate in 2011. He is now the minister at Melton Presbyterian Church, and also serves as a chaplain for his local CFA and RSL. Stephen is married to Martina, and they have four young children. 

graham nicholson hawthorn minister tec

Rev Graham Nicholson

BE (Hons) | BA | PGDipArts

Graham is the present inducted minister at Hawthorn, where he has been for the past 14 years after being called to Victoria from Queensland. Before training for the ministry in Queensland in 1982, Graham worked professionally as an engineer in the oil industry in South East Asia. He is married to Janet, and they have four adult children.

Safe Church

In the life of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria (PCV), the Church is committed to ensuring that all of our congregations and organisations are safe in every respect for everyone within them.

Safe Church PCV is the PCV’s expression of this commitment. Further, the Safe Church Policy and Code of Conduct form the foundation of this commitment.

Finally, Safe Church procedure and practice are our practical outworking of this commitment. Safe Church applies to every individual, congregation and organisation within the PCV.