Ambrose University College
|Ambrose University College and Seminary|
|Religious affiliation||Nazarene, Christian and Missionary Alliance|
|President||Dr. Gordon T. Smith|
|Location|| Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Former names||Calgary Bible Institute, Alberta School of Evangelism, Northern Bible College, Canadian Nazarene College, Nazarene University College; Canadian Bible Institute, Western Canadian Bible Institute, Canadian Bible College of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Canadian Theological Seminary, Alliance University College; Nazarene University College-Alliance University College (NUC-AUC)|
|Affiliations||ATS (Graduate Theological Degrees), CHEC (Undergraduate Theological Degrees), CCCU|
Ambrose University College is the product of similar educational journeys begun in the first half of the twentieth century.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance established the Canadian Bible Institute in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1941. It was established under the founding leadership of Gordon Skitch, superintendent of the Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), Willis Brooks, pastor of the Regina Alliance Tabernacle and well-known radio pastor, and George Blackett, who had served as the principal of Winnipeg Bible Institute and became the first principal, then president, of the Institute. In 1949, it was recognized by Saskatchewan and renamed Western Canadian Bible Institute (WCBI). It was renamed again in 1957 as the Canadian Bible College (CBC) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and, in the 1960s, became associated with the University of Regina. Canadian Theological College (CTC) was established in 1970 as a graduate sister school to CBC, and was renamed Canadian Theological Seminary (CTS) in 1982.
Similarly but independently, the Calgary Bible Institute was first established in 1921 in the basement of the Calgary First Church of the Nazarene. In 1927, the school relocated to Red Deer, where it became known as Alberta School of Evangelism, and then Northern Bible College (NBC) with the construction of a new campus. In 1940, it was renamed again as Canadian Nazarene College (CNC) as it began offering theology degrees. In 1960, CNC moved to Winnipeg and was established as the official Canadian university college for the Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Riley Coulter, President of CNC, determined that Manitoba would not accredit private institutions of higher education in the liberal arts and sciences. CNC thus moved back to its first home, Calgary, in 1995, became an accredited university college in 1999, and changed its name to Nazarene University College (NUC). Dr. George Durance, President of CBC/CTS, came to similar realizations regarding the accreditation status of his school in Saskatchewan and, in 2000, CBC/CTS made a similar decision. In 2003, CBC/CTS officially relocated to join NUC on the same campus, received accreditation in 2004, and changed its name to Alliance University College (AUC). AUC and NUC maintained a close relationship and were often referred to as Alliance University College-Nazarene University College (AUC-NUC), though the two granted degrees independently until 2007.
In 2007, Alliance University College and Nazarene University College became a single entity, known as Ambrose University College, in honour of Ambrose. A new campus opened in west Calgary in November 2008. In 2012 Gordon T. Smith was named president. Ambrose University College is an affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Ambrose is the official Canadian school of both the Church of the Nazarene and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It is one of 10 colleges and universities affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in North America and one of 8 colleges and universities affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In terms of its affiliation with the Nazarene church, AUC (formerly Canadian Nazarene University College) is the college for the Canada Region.
Ambrose University College provides undergraduate education and graduate level education for pastoral ministry, as well as undergraduate level education in select liberal arts and science degrees. Their mission is to "produce graduates who are consciously and actively Christian in all aspects of life," and to "serve the church by providing excellent preparation for pastoral ministry." Ambrose is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to offer its Seminary degrees. Ambrose is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education to offer undergraduate ministry and theology degrees, and by the Province of Alberta as pertains to its authority in the conferring of Bachelor of Arts degrees in selected disciplines.
Cecil R. Paul, president of the Eastern Nazarene College (1989-1992) was a notable Canadian Nazarene College alumnus. Gordon Skitch, superintendent of the Western Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Willis Brooks, pastor of the Regina Alliance Tabernacle and well-known radio pastor. George Blackett, the first principal, then president, of the Institute.
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