Trinity Bible College was established in 1981 by Dr Bruce Woolard a correspondence school providing preparatory lessons for prospective Christian ministers. The name of the college was changed to the Bible Academy in 1985 and was accommodated at the old Port Elizabeth University Campus in Bird Street, Central, Port Elizabeth.


There are several ministers in the country who graduated from the academy and are currently fulltime pastors at various church denominations. The Bible Academy morphed into the International Theological College in 2005 with students from other countries involved in the programme. Dr Peter Moses from Australia was appointed as the international advisor. The programme of studies and the Associate Degree course was not an accredited qualification and the legislation in South Africa requires national and international institutes of learning to obtain official recognition to confer a tertiary diplomas and degree.

The International Theological Academy programme was phased out in 2014 to make way for the present St Marks Theological Seminary, hosted by St Marks Congregational Church. The seminary has processed an application to be officially accredited with the Department of Higher Education in South Africa.