A great opportunity to spend time in serious learning and  share fellowship as you seek to follow Christ and serve in Churches in Australia’s multicultural society.

The TransFormation program provides training for Church leaders from all denominations of non-English speaking backgrounds.It combines study, spiritual growth, worship and community experience which are essential in the formation of Christian leaders. It is designed to help people overcome the obstacles of time, money and language that have previously prevented them from attending existing courses of college study.



The TransFormation program involves:

  • Sessions on 10 Saturdays per year for 3 years at Whitley College.
  • Sessions run from 9.30am – 4.00pm. 

The program is taught in English but allows time for questions and sharing in your own language groups where possible.

The program is open to women and men from a non-English speaking background, from all denominations, who have their Church’s support and encouragement. Students are accepted at the beginning of each year. 

The TransFormation program has a variety of assessment tasks and  includes study in the following areas: Theology, Spiritual Growth, Old Testament, New Testament, Evangelism & Mission, Church History, Worship & Preaching, Baptist Principles & Practice, Pastoral Care, Church Leadership & Administration.

Click the video below to hear students share their experience of the program.




It is possible to train towards a Diploma of Ministry from the University of Divinity for those who want to extend their studies.


David Han ( Journey from TransFormation to Master Degree)

" I started my exciting journey with Jesus Christ from the TransFormation course in Whitely College 10 years ago. I didn't expect I could finish my MA degree when I decided to study TransFormation course at that time. However, the TransFormation course was really nice pathway for me to study Diploma, Bachelor and finally Master Degree. If you want to serve your church with true leadership, I strongly recommend the TransFormation course for you. "


The program provides an alternative pathway for those seeking Ordination and Accreditation by the Baptist Union of Victoria. There are additional steps that will be necessary for those wanting to do this.


Laivet Mami ( Victorian Matu Christian Church/ Ordination in 2014)

" I studied TransFormation course and ordained in 2014 by the Baptist Union of Victoria. I was a pastor with 24 years experience in my ministry but TransFromation course was really good time to review everything what I studied in old times and helped me to increase my English communication skills."




The TransFormation program costs for 2015 are $350 per person. It is suggested that Churches could help support the applicants where necessary. Scholarships may be available for all or part of these fees.



Click the photos below to download the TransFormation brochure or Application form. 




Rev Dr Richard Mallaby 

BSc(Agric), BD, MEnvirSci, DMinStuds

Coordinator of Transformation Program

Richard Mallaby worked in agriculture in Western Australia before studying theology at the Baptist Theological College of WA and working in West Papua with Service Fellowship International in community development. Since returning to Australia in 1997, he has worked in pastoral ministry within Churches of Christ, and then for the last ten years, at Box Hill Baptist church with his wife, Anne.

Richard’s doctorate explored the experience of wonder and encounter for children in the natural world, and his pastoral ministry is significantly influenced by the need for creative and explorative experiences with children. He is keenly aware of environmental and social issues, and participates in theological dialogue on current concerns. 

He serves on the Multicultural Committee of the Baptist Union of Victoria, and in serving at Box Hill, is actively engaged in encouraging multicultural ministries. 


Robyn Song ( Assistant Coordinator)

" I studied transformation course few years ago and I am currently serving as an assistant coordinator for TransFormation. You can mingle with others, learn from others and share life together through this great program. The TransFormation course is unique in Australia and we are very proud of this program. Richard and I look forward to welcoming your application.“ "



If you have any questions, please contact:
Rev Dr Richard Mallaby, Whitley College: