About Us

Our vision

At Trinity, our passion is to see people embrace the call to ‘Live like the kingdom is near’. But what does that actually mean for us? How do we grapple with the now-and-not-yet tension, partially experiencing kingdom life through our relationship with God but still waiting for it to come in all its fullness?

Although there are many things we don’t know about the nature of God’s kingdom, the Bible doesn’t leave us in the dark: the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5, describe the key blessings and promises of the kingdom and the character of those who live in it. So we know that kingdom life involves humility, dependence on God’s comfort, gentleness, hunger for the right ways of God, mercy towards others, purity in deeds and motives, a passion for peace and a willingness to face opposition, even persecution, for his sake.

Therefore we want those kingdom values to permeate every area of our lives, affecting how we live and work each day, how we learn more of God and how we lead his people in being a light to the world. As an evangelical theological college we’re preparing people for ordained ministry in the CofE, church leadership in other denominations, local and international mission work and the gaining of theological knowledge to take back into the workplaces, homes and communities of our nation. It’s our aim that people would be equipped to live like the kingdom is near in all of those different callings.

Of course we don’t always get it right and in studying here you won’t be joining a perfect community. But you will be joining a passionate community, looking to God every day to help us ‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness’ by living the kind of kingdom lives that draw others towards the King.

Our vision

is for kingdom living, kingdom learning and kingdom leading


Our task

is shaping leaders of Christ-like character in community for a missional church


Our commitment

is to kingdom values

Community life


Training within an intentional learning community can provide you with a deepened, more holistic time of preparation for the challenges and pressures of a lifetime of service to the church.

Your time at Trinity can give you the opportunity to practice the values of Christ’s kingdom, to practice serving God and others within a framework of community. That’s not an easy task, but we invite you to join us in it—come and get stuck into a community seeking to bear witness to Christ’s coming kingdom.

Contact us


The college is open only to current students and staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Library users who are not current students are unable to use the library at this time. Please email reception@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk with general questions or admissions@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk with questions regarding admissions. You can also call us on 0117 968 2803; please leave a message with contact details if our receptionist is unable to answer.

Find us


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Trinity College Bristol
Stoke Hill
Stoke Bishop
Bristol
BS9 1JP

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Latest blog posts

Sept 2020 COVID-19 update

3 September 2020 This week we officially reopen our buildings to staff and tutors, and look forward to welcoming our new students for a modified Welcome Week from 12 September. We want to uphold the quality of the formation and education we provide, while operating within the parameters of what is safe and healthy, with […]

New book from Trinity alumnus on the Church of England and racism

An Anglican priest based in Manchester, Revd A.D.A. France-Williams is the author of Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England, which is available beginning today from SCM Press. Below he shares some thoughts about an ambiguity that exists in the country and the church for its black and minority ethnic members. So there […]

Giving a night a week to learn more about God

Having tried my hardest to give up RE GCSE at school I never would have predicted I’d end up studying theology, ministry and mission at university level, but God had other plans.

Telling the stories of God’s faithfulness

Our family would not be at Trinity College Bristol today, where Justin has been teaching Christian doctrine for eight years and I’ve helped with the college’s communications work for five, apart from the faithfulness of God. As I’ve watched the world shift under all our feet, it helps me to remember that. In Joshua 4, […]