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Sydney Missionary and Bible College

Sydney Missionary & Bible College
MottoLux in tenebris lucet
Motto in English
Light shines in darkness
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
ChairmanMr. James Lane
PrincipalDr. Derek Brotherson

Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) is an independent, evangelical interdenominational Bible college in Sydney, Australia.

The college was founded in 1916 by C. Benson Barnett. Its goal is to train people for ministry in Australia and abroad.[1][2] There are two campuses, one in Croydon and another in Croydon Park (opened in 2010).[3]

SMBC is Bible-centred: the academic curriculum is dominated by the Bible and a key focus of the college is to train men and women for gospel ministry in Australia and overseas in a missionary context.[4]

Stuart Coulton, a former principal of SMBC, retired at the beginning of 2020. [5] Derek Brotherson was appointed as the principal of SMBC in 2020.[6]

SMBC hosts various public talks to give a biblical perspective on current issues such as social media, disability, atheism and miracles.[7]


Barnett wrote in 1916, "not only are we a Bible College, but we are a Missionary College ... we are taught by Christ, that we are to pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He will send forth labourers into His harvest field".[8]

In 2016 a centennial history of SMBC was written by the Rev Anthony Brammall, who is the Academic Vice-Principal at the college and a lecturer in New Testament studies.[9]

SMBC Press

SMBC has published a number of books as well as other resources.[10][11]


  1. ^ "The Sydney Missionary and Bible College". The Methodist. Vol. 53, no. 36. New South Wales, Australia. 9 September 1944. p. 4. Retrieved 4 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ SMBC Press Catalogue Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ About SMBC
  4. ^ Why Study at SMBC
  5. ^ Coulton Retirement
  6. ^ Brotherson Appointment
  7. ^ Hot Topics Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Memories of God's Great Goodness by Charles Benson Barnett Archived 23 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ The Wandering Bookseller Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  10. ^ SMBC Press
  11. ^ SMBC Resources
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