St Paul’s United Theological College
St Paul's United Theological College is a registered University in Kenya. The institution is located 30 km on the outskirts of Nairobi. The history of St Paul's goes back to 1903 when it opened its doors as a Church Missions Institution, training Anglicans for ordained ministry. Later, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, the Methodist Church of Kenya, Reformed Church of East Africa and the National Council of Churches of Kenya joined at different times to establish an ecumenical partnership. The college is currently the only ecumenical seminary in East Africa and trains students from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda Madagascar, Zambia and Malawi.
While the college began as a small training center of six students and grown over the years, it has in the last five years developed into a multidisciplinary university college with a population of 440 students distributed in five different courses. The courses include:
- Bachelors of Divinity,
- Bachelor of Business Administration and
- Bachelor of Communication;
- Master in Islam Christian Muslim relations and
- Master in Community Care and HIV/AIDS.
St Paul is the only Theological College in Africa that offers a Masters in Islam. Despite this expansion, the university is committed to ensure that Bachelor of Divinity with a focus on training for pastoral ministry continues to be the key course within the institution. In addition, the college community adopts a Christian theology of life with a focus on service to God and humanity irrespective of choice of career.
St Paul's supports the development of the main churches in Kenya and particularly in area of personnel development and theological formation. Currently more than two thirds of church ministers from the mainline churches in Kenya have been trained and continue to receive their training at St Paul's.