AST's History

Faint glimmers of the unusual, even unique collaboration which is AST’s contribution to ecumenical education, could be detected in the increasing cooperation among the founding institutions in the late nineteen sixties. During those years, students of King’s College, Holy Heart Seminary and Pine Hill Divinity Hall shared some classes and benefited on a limited basis from a sharing of faculty from the other institutions. Limited though this cooperation was, it was a beginning.

Circumstances and challenges of the day suggested new ways in which the theological institutions could cooperate in the days ahead. Deliberations subsequently led to the recommendation that one school of theology be founded, a resolution agreed to by King’s, Holy Heart and Pine Hill. Articles of Agreement were signed on March 29, 1971; the School admitted its first students in September of 1971, and on June 28, 1974, Atlantic School of Theology was formally incorporated by an Act of the Legislature of Nova Scotia, granting the School the power to confer degrees in its own name and in its own right.

The Story of AST

The Story of AST is a celebration of the past, present and future, written in honour of AST's 40th Anniversary.