As the largest interdenominational, evangelical theological college in Europe, LST combines a strong academic reputation with faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to God’s mission in the world. We aim to equip christians from diverse church backgrounds and global contexts to express the message and love of Jesus wherever he calls them and in whatever task.
In the middle of World War Two, a group of ministers, missionaries and business people came together with a vision for an interdenominational, evangelical college that would counter the rising tide of liberal scholarship in Western universities and prepare Christians to interact with post-war world.
Based in central London, the college originally offered only correspondence courses and evening classes. By 1944, over 300 students were enrolled, and two years later the number was up to 1,400, and London Bible College (LBC) evening classes were being taught all over the UK. In autumn 1946, the first full-time students started their studies.
In 1970, LBC moved to Northwood and onto the campus previously occupied by London College of Divinity, an Anglican training college. The 1990s saw the opening of a dedicated postgraduate centre (Guthrie Centre), which also houses the Centre for Islamic Studies.
In 2004, LBC became London School of Theology (LST), a new name but with the same aim.
LST continues to be known throughout the world as a place where intellectual thoroughness and rigour go hand in hand with a passion to see students grow personally and spiritually.
Would you like to develop your personal knowledge of the Bible, theology and spirituality? Or are you looking for a recognised qualification but can’t study on site at LST?
We're delighted that you are thinking about learning more about God and the Bible. Whatever sort of study you're interested in, Open Learning has the experience and knowledge to help you. We have a long history of training Christians for ministry in the church and the world. And you can choose the type of learning and qualification that suits your short- or long-term needs. Some have completed formal qualifications, while many have studied for their own personal development.
We're especially well equipped to help people returning to study but not quite sure if it is really 'for them' and need to develop confidence in themselves. Most of those people want to make sure they could switch into a qualification later if that made sense, but for now they just want to learn more about the Bible and the God we meet through it. Our courses are ideally designed for this. You'll get information, encouragement and an open ended learning structure that allows you to follow the path that is of most interest to you.