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Our History

Equipping people for a life of mission and ministry for over a century


The Salvation Army has a long rich history in educating its people for a life of mission and ministry. In the last two decades, Booth College has offered it's expertise to anyone from Australia and around the world. It's graduates are passionate people who partner with the community and engage in helping others.

Our Timeline

  • 1883 Just two years after the first Salvation Army leaders arrived from England, training began to prepare Salvation Army officers for ministry.
  • 1921 The Australia Eastern Territory Training College was opened at 55 Livingstone Road in Petersham, Sydney. Here, Salvation Army officers-in-training, undertook a ten month residential course, which was extended to two years in 1965.
  • 1980 The Salvation Army School for Officer Training moves from its Petersham location to Bexley North where it is currently situated.
  • 1996 The Salvation Army opens a campus at Lake Munmorah with an emphasis on leadership and discipleship for young adults (this campus has now moved to Berkeley Vale.)
  • 1997 Theological education opened to all, not just those preparing to become Salvation Army officers.
  • 1999 New College of Further Education (now Booth College) building was opened at Bexley North with modern classrooms and an updated library.

TODAY Booth College is a college for all nations. It offers a full pathway of training and education, from personal study, through vocational training, to higher education degrees. It provides a wide range of courses in community services, leadership, mission, discipleship, Bible and theology through its flexible study options.