History of PBC

PBC started in 1928 when the Lord placed a burden on the heart of the Reverend Carment Urquhart to commence a Bible Institute in Perth, Western Australia.

On the 2nd of July of that year, Rev Urquhart took a bold step of faith and launched what is today called PBC, previously Perth Bible Institute.

Rev Urquhart later penned these words in the end-of-year student magazine, giving us an insight into the mind and passion of this brilliant yet gently-spoken leader.

Words from Carment Urquhart

“The shame of a world not yet evangelised should rouse us to vigorous activity.

It is our business to publish the Gospel of Jesus Christ among all nations: it is God’s business to see that we are able to do it.

The regular ministry cannot supply this need.

Where are the men and women whom God desires to be trained in our institute for ‘the greatest work in the world;’ the preaching of the gospel both within and without our State?”

Located in Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia

Perth Bible College, known as PBC, has had several homes over the years.

We rented our earliest premises in the Mount Lawley area. In September 1934, the College moved into buildings on our own land in Joondanna, Perth.

From February 1951 until July 1986, we moved back to Mount Lawley, then to the current Karrinyup campus, complete with outstanding student accommodation.

Since PBC was established, many distinguished men and women of God have held leadership positions at the College, and over 1600 students have passed through its doors.

Many of these students have graduated into full-time Christian ministry here in Australia and across every continent and corner of the world.

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“The thing I loved most about PBC was the environment. We have a Christian community on campus, support from the lecturer, lovely students and fellowship. It has encouraged me to feel part of the community.”