Rura Silindung includes District Tarutung and Sipoholon, this is where Christian missionaries coming from Germany DR.Ingwer Ludwig Nommensen begin its mission in the land of Batak. Now Tarutung city as the City of Spiritual which stood proud Cross Siatas Barita Love dipuncak hill, where DR.IL Nommensen looked towards Rura Silindung underneath.
In addition to the Cross of Love, in this city was born precisely College of official duty Tarutung. Christian Higher Education aims to form a strong Human Resources, reliable and faithful were able to act in the midst of the nation, the society and the church.
Beginning of Religion Teacher Education Top Christian / Protestant (PGAA) and PGAKP In the past, the only power in teacher education institutions Christian high school level status in the country is the western region of Indonesia Courant Christian Religion Teacher Education (PGAKP) Tarutung State. The school is located at the end of the Jalan Pemuda No. 17 Tangsi Tarutung-North Sumatra. The students in the State PGAKP Tarutung are graduates of junior high school / junior high school. Graduates of this school then the power of Christian Religion teacher at Elementary School (SD). In fact this is the graduate school in general who are appointed by the government to the status of Civil Servants (PNS) became Professor of Christian Religion in primary school, especially in the region of North Sumatra and at some places in Indonesia.
State PGAKP Tarutung originally comes from Teacher Education School of Religion Top Christian / Protestant (PGAA) with private status is established around 1968 in Sigompulon - Tarutung. According to information from some people to believe that the establishment of the school was initiated by some Christians who give attention to Christian religious education along with the government. These schools educate prospective teachers Christian workers who have the ability to teach in primary schools and other schools. Around 1970 PGAAP submitted to the government to manage it, then the school changed its status from a private into a State. The government built a new building and a new learning tool air location on the street address 108 King Saul Lumbantobing Tarutung.Around 1971 moved to learn the location of Sigompulon -Tarutung occupy the new building used to be a place PGAAP student learning. The location of the new school is very limited so that learning is not sufficient room to accommodate students who wish to study in PGAAP, then around 1975 was found the location of the wider school is located at Jalan Pemuda Edge-Tangsi No. 17 Tarutung in this newly built place adequate school buildings, office buildings, indoor hall and the home office. And other amenities. After completion of the construction of approximately 1977 implemented a new place is used as a place of learning,
while the old school buildings that are in the way of King Saul Lumbantobing 108 Tarutung be used Dormitory daughter. According to information from some people who can be trusted this school has changed names several times, among others:
Religious Teacher Education Top Christian / Protestant (PGAAP) private status
Religious Teacher Education Top Christian / Protestant (PGAAP) State status
Christian Religion Teacher Education (PGAKP) Interior (Source History PGAK: Drs.Belvin Hutabarat a former teacher at PGAK and M.Nainggolan former KTU and Treasurer PGAA)
Then came the government's policy in the field of education with the enactment of Law No. 2 of 1989 on the National Education System. One of the changes in education caused by this law is that the power Teacher in elementary school Diploma minimal educational qualifications. Then the consequences throughout the high school level teacher training schools were closed, among others, SPG, SGO and PGAKP.
State PGAKP Tarutung increased to LPTK-PAK State Tarutung
Before PGAKP State Tarutung closed, then manager of State PGAKP Tarutung planning to establish an educational institution that provides the power of Christian Religion Teachers can organize Diploma program.Preparation for it is established an institution called Power Teaching Institutions - Christian Religious Education (LPTK-PAK) State, The Institute was founded by decree of the Minister of Religious Affairs No. 179 of 1990, dated 15 August 1990, and the letter of the Director General Guidance Protestant No.: F / 101/2364/1991 dated August 26, 1991. Then, on 16 September 1991 LPTK-PAK State Tarutung inaugurated by the Director General of the Ministry of Religious Guidance Protestant Christians RI at the National Building-Tarutung which was attended by the Regent of North Tapanuli along with elements of the officials, Church Leaders, North Tapanuli community leaders, community leaders and their Agencies North Tapanuli. The ceremony was led by one of the lecturers LPTK PAK Tarutung State, Mr. Pastor. WTPSimarmata, MA, as the protocol and worship services led by Mr. Pdt.Dr. MOTampubolon who is also a lecturer at the State Tarutung LPTK-PAK.
In 1991 LPTK-PAK State Tarutung accept new students Department of Christian Religious Education (PAK) for two Diploma programs (D.2), as many as 100 people Diploma three (D.3) as many as 100 people and for the Strata program (S. 1) as many as 300 people.
Then came a new struggle on college name replaces LPTK-PAK State Tarutung, because LPTK-PAK is not the name Higher education in accordance with the Education Law # 2 of 1989, but an organization or institution that prepares a College of education personnel to Christianity. For according to the National Education System that can be shaped Academy of Higher Education, Polytechnic, College, Institute or University.
LPTK-PAK Tarutung be APGAKP Foreign Affairs Tarutung
The Government eventually replace LPTK provide college-level PAK Academy Teacher Education Academy named Christian Religion abbreviated to (APGAKP) Tarutung State. The Academy was established by the Minister of Religious Affairs number 58 A 1993, dated February 27, 1993. With the issuance of Decree The religion then by itself LPTK-PAK State Tarutung closed and changed into APGAKPN Tarutung. In accordance with the provisions of the National Education No. 2 1989 "The Academy is a college education applied in one branch or part of the branches of science, technology or particular art. Polytechnic colleges and professional education ". Under these provisions APGAKPN Tarutung can only organize professional education namely Diploma Program, could not hold the Strata Academic Program (S.1) Students on the Diploma program of LPTK-PAK is D.2 and D.3 automatically become student APGAKPN Tarutung.
S.1 Program students at LPTK-PAK Tarutung transferred to the Student Affairs Campus IAKM Tarutung
New problems arose concerning S.1 student who has been accepted on LPTK-PAK Tarutung State. The problem is S.1 program does not exist in the State APGAKP Tarutung, then what about the students who received the program S.1-PAK LPTK State Tarutung who number around 300 people. State leaders Tarutung APGAKP consult with the Director General of the Department of Religious Guidance Protestant Christians in Jakarta to resolve this problem. The way out solution is that students of S.1, which had already been accepted at LPTK-PAK State Tarutung transferred to the Institute of Christian students Medan (IAKM) campus Tarutung by letter Protestant Director General Guidance Dep. Religion RI No .: F / PP.00.9 / 128/1373 / in 1993.
State of APGAKP Tarutung be STAKPN Tarutung
In line with efforts to educate the nation and improve the quality of Indonesian human resources especially in the field of education in order to empower learners, fulfilling the needs of education personnel in primary education, secondary and higher both public and private, as well as meeting the needs of the Church / Christian Protestant in religion (clergy) Government Agency / Private, Bintal Armed Forces and others, particularly in the predominantly Christian, then APGAKPN Tarutung which can only education programs D.2 and D.3., is not adequate to meet the needs of teachers of Christianity Prot ¬estan growing, particularly in the area of Indonesia West, High education necessary to organize Bachelor (S.1) and Post-graduate S.2 and S.3.
Colleges that can organize such programs was minimal level College High School, Institute or University.
The manager APGAKPN Tarutung collaboration with the Society, the Church, and the Government of North Tapanuli trying to improve APGAKPN Tarutung into High School. The desire was manifested in a letter of recommendation submitted to the Minister of Religious Affairs.
Letters of recommendation are:
Letter of Recommendation from Ephorus HKBP No.: 355 / L02 / IX / 1998, September 9, 1998.
Recommendation Letter from the Chairman of the Regional Representatives Council (DPRD) North Tapanuli No.: 170/595 / DPRD II / 98, dated 12 September 1998.
Letter of Recommendation from Kakanwil Religious Affairs of North Sumatra Province No.: Wb / 6-c / PP.032 / 2265/1998, dated 22 September 1998.
The desire was realized by the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 19 Year 1999, dated 3 March 1999, about pen¬dirian College of official duty (STAKPN) Tarutung. The decree followed up with the release of the Minister of Religious Affairs Decree No. 83 of 1999, dated 29 March 1999, on the Organization and Work Procedure of the College of official duty Tarutung.
State STAKP Tarutung entrusted organize academic and professional education program, a program Diploma two (D.2), Diploma three (D.3) and Strata one (S.1), with four departments, namely:
Department of Christian Religious Education (PAK)
Department of Theology
Department of Pastoral Counseling
Department of Ecclesiastical Music
On May 29, 1999 Date of Religious Affairs Minister inaugurated the College of official duty (STAKPN) Tarutung housed in the Arts / Sopo Partungkoan Tarutung. The inauguration was attended by the Regent and the official of the North Tapanuli, government agencies and private Leaders, Church Leaders, religious leaders, community leaders and the community of North Tapanuli. Tarutung STAKPN student is a student program D.2 and D.3 of State APGAKP Tarutung already upgraded to STAKPN Tarutung. In the same year, the Academy Year 1999/2000 STAKPN Tarutung accept new students for two (2) departments namely:
Department of Christian Religious Education (PAK)
Two Diploma Program (D.2)
Diploma Program (D.3)
Tier One Program (S.1)
Department of Theology: Tier One Program (S.1)
In the academic year 2003/2004 Gerewi Music Education Department (PMG) to accept new students for the Diploma Program (D3). Then in 2006 the department received S.1 new students for the program. In the academic year 2006/2007 Department of Pastoral Counseling accept new students for the program S.1
Tarutung STAKPN presence is a tangible manifestation of the hope and prayer of Christians who have long craved the presence of a College of Christian with Foreign status. STAKPN Tarutung present to prepare students to be a faithful servant of God, have the maturity and strength of faith, ecumenical-minded, able to master the science according to the field of knowledge learned and courses penetahuan followed and other related sciences, and able to develop and utilize it for the implementation of tasks church service and devotion to duty in the various fields of life.
STAKPN presence Tarutung carry out services in the field of higher education for life, by preparing qualified graduates, independent, creative, innovative, and have the desire serves to realize an advanced society, prosperous, just and prosperous based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution In implementing the strategy kegiatanyan the development of short-term and long-term to effectively manage the opportunities and challenges faced.