Our History

Our History

Trinity School for Ministry was born in the renewal movement of the 1970s. In 1975, the Rt. Rev. Alfred Stanway, a retired Australian missionary bishop, answered a call from members of the Fellowship of Witness to be Trinity’s first Dean and President. He moved to the Pittsburgh area, and set up an office in his home, using his garage for the library. Bishop Stanway had been recommended by John Stott, J.I. Packer, and other evangelical leaders for his vision of renewal and his extraordinary ability to translate this vision into a lively Christian body. He called the Rev. Dr. John Rodgers, a professor and chaplain at Virginia Theological Seminary, to be the senior professor.

Classes began in 1976 with a small faculty and 17 students - none with sponsoring bishops - meeting in rented classrooms at a local college. Two years later, the seminary purchased an empty Presbyterian Church in Ambridge, PA and the abandoned supermarket across the street. These buildings were then converted into a campus.

Trinity has grown steadily to nearly 250 students in our residential, extension, and online programs. More than 1,000 Trinity alumni, both lay and ordained, serve both domestically and around the world. We now have a faculty of twelve including eight associate professors, and two full professors. Additionally, we have two administrative faculty members and a number of adjunct professors.

Our student body continues to increase, more and more bishops are ordaining Trinity graduates, and the seminary has received millions of dollars in gifts from a growing number of parishes and individuals. Trinity also has eighteen alumni and three former members of the faculty who have been elected as bishops. Recently, the Most Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala was elected as the Primate of the Southern Cone making him the first Trinity alumnus to oversee a province of the Anglican Communion.