Visit to All Nations Christian College

Visit to All Nations Christian College 1

Yesterday I had another chance to visit All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire. Easneye Mansion was formerly the country home of the Buxton Family, and was designed the same architect as the National History Museum in Kensington. It now houses the largest specialist missiological library in Europe, with over 50,000 books and several hundred journals, some of which are very rare. Set within the grounds of a wooded estate it looks like a wonderful place to prepare for missionary work.

With more and more students wanting to study remotely the challenge the College faces is to make as many of the resources in the library as possible available online – which was the reason for my being invited. My thanks to the faculty and support staff for making this such a worthwhile visit.

You can read my interview with Dr Mark Galpin, All Nation’s head of postgraduate studies, here.

Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Library

SS Philip and James Parish Church
SS Philip and James Parish Church. Source: OCMS Website.

This morning I took a short break from the BETH Conference to visit the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, which is only 5 minutes walk from Wycliffe Hall in the former St Philips and St James Church on Woodstock Road. The Centre has a library of over 18,000 missions books and journals, which focuses “… on the Two-Thirds World (Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America) and cover both the Humanities (Theology, Biblical studies, Religious studies) and the Social Sciences (Anthropology, International Development, Diaspora/Refugee Studies, Research Methods).” [Source]

Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies,taken from the upper gallery
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies,taken from the upper gallery

Despite the size of the church it is crammed with bookcases, which surround the study carrels.

Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies,taken from the upper gallery
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies,taken from the upper gallery
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
Library of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

If you are a serious student of Christian Missions then this library should certainly be on your list of places to visit.