Our History

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One of our most famous graduates is James Naismith, the founder of basketball.

Our History

More than 150 years of leadership in the church
and the world

pchockeySince 1865 the College has been preparing men and women whose vocation is to serve their communities as both ministers and community leaders to contribute meaningfully to bettering the world. The College evolved from a meeting of local industrialists, educators and community leaders led by Sir William Dawson, Principal of McGill College, at the home of John Redpath. Throughout its history, the College has equipped men and women not only for ministry, but also contributed to the Canadian and global society. Graduates have served the denomination as preachers, teachers, pastors, chaplains, and community leaders going back to the College’s earliest years. James Naismith, the man who invented basketball, was a graduate of the College. Further afield, physician and minister, Andrew S. Grant, known as “Grant of the Yukon” saw to both the body and soul of those who participated in the Klondike gold rush. Graduates have a history of serving as chaplains, as epitomized by John Weir Foote, who served in WWII and was awarded the Victoria Cross, the first awarded to a Canadian chaplain. The College is one of the three theological colleges of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Students benefit from an ecumenical arrangement as part of the Montreal School of Theology (MST), the oldest North American ecumenical consortium of three theological colleges: Diocesan College (Anglican), The Presbyterian College, and the United Theological College. The College is affiliated with the Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University, which provides the College’s students with a rigorous academic program.

busIn keeping with its rich legacy, The Presbyterian College develops leaders who are committed to contributing to the renewal of the church and God’s mission in the world. It accomplishes this in a dynamic and diverse faith-based community as part of Canada’s top university and in one of North America’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. A College in the Reformed tradition, Presbyterian College also welcomes students from a variety of denominational backgrounds.

While most of its graduates have gone on to serve congregations within Canada and around the world, others have chosen ministries in chaplaincy, politics, academia and business.