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The establishment of the Asian Institute of Calvin Studies (AICS) was approved by the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore in March 2014 to promote the study of John Calvin's theology in Singapore and in the region. This would contribute to the strengthening of the reformed heritage among the churches in Asia.


  1. Training: For Presbyterian ministers, church leaders, and youth on the theology of John Calvin.
  2. Research: For Presbyterian ministers to do research on the theology of John Calvin, hermeneutics, homiletics, pastoral care, church management and others.


Board of Governors

To be established in future, for better planning, strategizing and supervision of this research institution set up by Presbyterian Church.


Trinity Theological College

The Institute offers graduate-level research programmes in partnership with Trinity Theological College (TTC), leading to the award of the MTh (Master of Theology) and DTh (Doctor of Theology) degrees by TTC.

Rev Dr Edwin Tay

Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia

The Institute would be setting up scholarship/bursary as financial aids to GPM students studying in Singapore.


1. Ministerial training
Postgraduate studies in five areas:

  • The theology of John Calvin
  • The pastoral ministry of John Calvin
  • The life of John Calvin
  • The spirituality of John Calvin
  • The biblical hermeneutics of John Calvin

2. Leadership training
Provides elders and deacons training program, to enhance the Presbyterian belief in the lay leaders on Presbyterian heritage and tradition.

3. Youth training
Youth leaders training program is to be organised by the Synod Youth Council. The aim is to lay the foundation of faith for the future generation and to facilitate the nurturing of church leaders.

Lectures and Courses in 2016
Updated on 11 Jul 2016

1. Public Lectures for Pastors
    Time: Monday or Tuesday, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Venue: Trinity Theological College

Date Topic Speaker
11 Jan 2016 John Calvin on Pastoral Ministry Rev Dr Clive Chin
19 April 2016 John Calvin on Christian Piety Rev Dr Jimmy Tan
26 Jul 2016 John Calvin and Allegorical Interpretation Rev Dr Leonard Wee
11 Oct 2016 John Calvin's Theology of Order* Rev Dr Lim Pang Jong
*Chinese Lecture

2. Chinese Presbyterianism Class

When What Conducted by Where Who to attend
Sep - Oct 2016 (night class) 长老宗传统探源 Rev Tan Tiong Ann Orchard Road Presbyterian Church Church leaders

3. English Presbyterianism Class

When What Conducted by Where Who to attend
Aug - Sep 2016
(Night Class)
Know Our Presbyterian Heritage Rev Peter Chan Orchard Road Presbyterian Church Church Leaders

AICS Publication: Occasional Paper Series

John Calvin's interpretation of the biblical narrative on King Saul illustrates his perspective on faith. What is faith? Is there only one kind of faith? How does faith lead to the salvation of man? If King Saul had faith, how is it that he fell out of favour with God? By reading several sections from The Institutes of Christian Religion, the author highlights the positive relationship between faith and salvation, according to Calvin's perspective. With a clear understanding of faith, it may help us in our ministry.

Rev Dr Bernard Koh Ming Huat is Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology Chinese at the TCA College in Singapore. He has been an editor at Tian Dao Publishing House, pastor at St. Andrew's Cathedral Mandarin Congregation, program manager at FEBA, and General Editor of the World-Wide Bible Society. He holds the following degrees: D.Min. (Leadership), M.Div. (Chinese Cultural Studies) and B.Th from the Alliance Bible Seminary (Hong Kong), and Diploma (Biblical Studies) from the University of Sheffield.

This lecture explores the relationship between Calvin's theology and that of its subsequent development known as Calvinism in popular parlance. It begins with an account of the way in which the above relationship has been variously construed from its nineteenth century to its most recent twenty-first century interpreters. This is followed by two case studies that serve to illustrate the merits of the most recent interpretation ("the reappraisal") of the relationship between Calvin and Calvinism. The first case study focuses on the use of the scholastic method in the writings of the leading Puritan John Owen (1616-1683), while the second explores the debate among members of the Westminster Assembly on the extent of the atonement. The lecture concludes with some pointers on the contemporary relevance of the subject.

Rev Dr Edwin E.M. Tay is a Lecturer in Theology at Trinity Theological College and a Diaconal Minister in the Methodist Church of Singapore. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (PhD), the University of London (MA), the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (MCS) and the National University of Singapore (BA), he has made significant contributions in the study of Puritan theology. Notably, he is the author of the book, The Priesthood of Christ: Atonement in the Theology of John Owen (1616-1683) by Paternoster Press and a contributor to the Ashgate Research Companion to John Owens's Theology.

John Calvin is acknowledged to be one of the most influential but controversial figures in modern history. Some scholars depict him as an intolerant leader and a ruthless heresy hunter. Other scholars observe that his followers were the first self-disciplined agents of social and political reconstruction in an age of destructive revolutions.

What cannot be denied is that Calvin's theology represents a coherent system of life, and a comprehensive vision for cultural transformation and right ordering of society. In this regard, Calvin's theology of covenant and positive regard for creation orders offers a social vision of mutual accountability and institutional pluralism characterized with separation, but interdependence between religious and political institutions.

Finally, Calvin's theology of Christian freedom mediated by God's grace and ordered by God's providential care encourages and guides Christians to purposive and disciplined participation in a program for social sanctification, and building of social institutions to serve the welfare of one's neighbors.

Dr. Ng Kam Weng is a Research Director of Kairos Research Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His doctoral dissertation was published as From Christ to Social Practice: Christological Foundations for Social Practice in the Theologies of Albrecht Ritchl, Karl Barth and Jurgen Moltmann. He lectured on Theology, Ethics and Philosophy. He was a fellow at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia (CSCA) at Trinity Theological College, and at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton.


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