Who we are
The Queen’s College, founded in 1828, was one of the first colleges dedicated to preparing ministers for the Church of England. For a large part of the 19th century Queen’s was uniquely not only a theological college, but a medical school as well. The holistic vision of salvation that this embodied - for body and soul - was not sustained, but Queen’s has not stopped pioneering.
Britain's first ecumenical theological college
The Queen's College became Britain's first ecumenical theological college in 1970, with the Church of England, the Methodist Church and (later) the United Reformed Church as the sponsoring churches. This was a bold move to anticipate and prepare the way for the reconciliation and union between churches that was envisaged. Queen's remains committed to the vision of our churches working to unity and embraces the Covenant between Anglicans and Methodists.
At the turn of this century Queen's took another pioneering step, creating the Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education. The Foundation now brings together into one institution:
- the Queen's College and its pattern of full-time and residential ordination training;
- the Queen's Course and its structure of part-time non-residential ordination training;
- the Graduate Research Centre dedicated to fostering research which serves the mission and ministry of the churches;
- the Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies - the successor body to the United College of the Ascension - training mission students and mission partners from the wider world church and the churches in Britain.
- the new Centre for Black Ministries & Leadership, comiitted to empowering vocations and tehological study among black and Asian Christians.
West Midlands regional training partnership
Queen's is taking a lead role in the West Midlands regional training partnership, and as part of this is developing:
- pathways in its training for pioneer ministers working in fresh expressions of church
- new work in lay education and training,
- new patterns of ministerial training that more adequately connect pre- and post-ordination training, or pre-ordination training and probationer studies.
Queen's is, and continues to be, a pioneering place, embracing change in response to new circumstances and new awareness of God's mission, enabling those who share its life to respond creatively to change themselves.