Alphacrucis College

Alphacrucis has a rich history that spans more than 65 years.
Class of 1949

Graduating class of 1949

Formerly known as Southern Cross College and before that as Commonwealth Bible College, the College began in 1948 in Melbourne and has served as the national training college of the church in a number of locations since then. In 1949 this meant a move to New Farm in Brisbane, a site it would return to sixty years later. A purpose built campus was established in 1961 at Graceville on the banks of the Brisbane River but was totally destroyed in the massive Brisbane floods of 1974.

For one interim year the college was conducted at Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Brisbane while a new campus was obtained and refurbished in Katoomba, NSW, in the former Palais Royale guesthouse. A few years later the facilities of the Illawara Bible College were added to the campus and the college continued in Katoomba until 1995. In 1993 the name was changed to Southern Cross Bible College, and then Southern Cross College of the Assemblies of God in Australia Ltd. From the beginning of 1996 the college moved into the residential heart of Sydney, transforming a former RAAF training base in Chester Hill into the heart of a growing network of campuses throughout Sydney and interstate (Hillsong 2005, Oxford Falls 2006, Auckland 2007, Brisbane 2009). Others are planned even further afield. Now in 2014 and it’s 67th year of operation, Alphacrucis College has moved it’s main campus to a modern state-of-the-art campus in Parramatta, in the heart of Sydney.

The College has played a major role in the academic and spiritual development of thousands of Christian leaders who have shaped - and are shaping - the Church in Australia and throughout the world.

The vision for the future is to build toward a multi-faculty Christian university to prepare Christians to serve God anywhere and everywhere: not only in and through the Church but in every aspect of society.

Alphacrucis started this journey in the 1990s, with a longitudinal plan for staff and capacity building. In 2004 the highly successful advanced leadership program was offered in Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. In 2005, planning and writing began for registration and accreditation of a Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry and for the development of a teaching degree. Previously, all the degrees offered at the College were accredited through the Sydney College of Divinity, but in 2008 Alphacrucis obtained accreditation for their Bachelor in Contemporary Ministry and early 2009 the College became an independent Higher Education Provider (HEP). New programs continue to come on stream as the College seeks to serve Christian people in their everyday vocations in every part of society.


The following people have all served in the role of Principal of the college from 1948 on.

Frank Sturgeon Frank Sturgeon
Leonard Palmer Leonard Palmer
Phillip Duncan Phillip Duncan
James Wallace James Wallace
Harold Bartholomew Harold Bartholomew
C Harrison C Harrison
Ralph Reid Ralph Reid
David Brydges David Brydges
Jason Morgon Aeron Morgan
Jeremy Griffiths Jeremy Griffiths
Stephen Fogarty Stephen Fogarty