About Moore Distance


Our beginnings

What began in the 1940’s as a tool to train lay preachers for the Anglican Diocese of Sydney has grown. In 1941 Archdeacon T.C. Hammond (then Principal of Moore College) started training a small group of lay preachers.

“From this small beginning the demand for solid Bible teaching grew.”

Twenty four people sat for the first exam!! From this small beginning, the demand for solid Bible teaching grew. The original course material was a copy of the lecture notes used by T.C. Hammond and sent to those who could not attend the lectures in Newtown. From these humble beginnings the Moore College External Studies Department began.  Moore College now has thousands of students in more than 50 countries studying with us each year.  Many thousands have studied Introduction to the Bible to help them understand the consistent and unified message of the Bible.

Our future

For some time Moore College has been investing in technological changes that will enhance the learning experience for their distance education students.  A name change was required to really reflect the global nature of the courses. What was the Moore College External Studies Department became Moore College Distance.