1970s Reunion

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1970’s Reunion

Saturday 4-Monday 6 May 2024

Did you study at the NZ Baptist Theological College in Victoria Ave, Auckland in the 1970s? 

Maybe you can still remember some things you did or learned, and who was there with you, along with Ayson Clifford, Stan Edgar, Bob Thompson, Brian Smith, Harold Pidwell and the part time staff. Who will ever forget Monday afternoons – doing gardening and maintenance? 

We would like to give you an opportunity to meet and share together again and celebrate the journey. For most it’s been nearly 50 or more years. A reunion is planned for all who attended during the 1970s, along with those who have partnered with you. Whether you graduated in 1970, just started in 1979, or came somewhere in between, you’re invited.

Register your attendance below!

Campus at Victoria Ave


Saturday 4 May starting from 5.30pm
Mingling and pre-dinner drinks
Mihi and Welcome
Dinner, entertainment and memories
Sunday 5 May starting from 2pm
Mingling and Tour of College
How our understanding and experience of God has changed over the years
Facilitated by Susan and John Osborn

Nurturing the faith of children and grand children from retirement status
Facilitated by David and Lyn McChesney

Afternoon tea
Chapel with guest speaker Brian Smith
Optional: meet in groups for dinner at various cafes/restaurants
Monday 6 May starting from 9am
Opportunity to attend Carey College lectures
Humanity and Hope with Dr Christa McKirland

Pentateuch with Dr Michael Rhodes

Morning Tea with Carey Staff
In retirement, how can you constructively contribute to local church ministry?
Facilitated by Paul & Mary Grimmer

What part of theological education was most helpful, and how is it changing?
Facilitated by Geoff Pound

Lunch and open forum with current students

College Bios

We asked a few questions of some students from the 1970s to reflect on their time at college and subsequent years. Check them out below and see if you share any of the same memories.

85 Victoria Ave
Dr R J Thompson
J Ayson Clifford Library
Rev H J Pidwell
Wilkinson Flats
Rev B K Smith

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– John Tucker, Principal