The Theological College (Sekolah Tinggi Teologia - STT) of the Batak church (HKBP) was founded in 1972, when the former faculty of divinity was cut out of the 1954 founded "Nommensen University", which is also driven by the HKBP.
Today at the STT study some 400 students, male and female, who mostly are members of HKBP and are preparing for a job as a "pendeta" (parish priest).
The protestant Batak church (Huria Kristen Batak Protesten - HKBP) is the biggest protestant church in south east Asia with about 3 million members. Most of them live in the old Batak region around lake Toba in the indonesian province of North Sumatra, but today because of the indonesian "transmigrasi“ they can be found all over the country.
HKBP was founded in the 19th century by german missionary Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen (1834-1918), who lived in northern Sumatra from 1864 to 1918 representing the former Rhenanian missionary company from Wuppertal. Nommensen translated Martin Luther's Small Catechism and the New Testament into the Batak language and wrote a few Church orders for "his" church. When he arrived the Batak tribes were almost completely animistic. When he died, the HKBP had 500 parishes with more than 180.000 members. That's why he is called "the apostle of the Batak" and why he is maybe the most successful single missionary ever.