Ecclesia College

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Ecclesia College
Royals of Ecclesia College
Established 1975
Type Private college
President Oren Paris III
Students 178 FTE (Fall 2013)
Location Springdale, Arkansas, USA
36°12′51″N 94°14′12″W / 36.21409°N 94.23677°W / 36.21409; -94.23677Coordinates: 36°12′51″N 94°14′12″W / 36.21409°N 94.23677°W / 36.21409; -94.23677
Campus Rural
Mascot Royals
Website www.ecollege.edu

Ecclesia College is a four-year Christian, federally recognized work college in Springdale, Arkansas in the United States, accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education with program certification by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The College was founded in 1975 by Oren Paris II, previous College Chancellor, and the father of noted recording artist, Twila Paris. Ecclesia is a Greek word, meaning "called-out ones." It was used in ancient Greece to describe those who had been called out from general society to come aside and discuss the affairs of state. It is the Greek word that is translated "church" or "assembly."

History[edit]

  • Jun 1975, Oren and Inez Paris, accompanied by their children and Oren's parents, veterans of the ministry, established Ecclesia Inc.
  • 1976, the school enjoyed a strong and autonomous relationship with Youth With A Mission, "an international movement of Christians dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world."
  • 1996, Ecclesia College applied for membership in the Association For Biblical Higher Education.
  • Mar 1997, Ecclesia’s Board of Governance inaugurated Oren Paris III as the new president.
  • Jul 2003, Ecclesia’s Board of Governance named Oren Paris II as Chancellor
  • Mar 2004, the board confirmed the president’s installation of Administrative Council members: the Academic Dean, the Assistant Dean, and four Director positions over Business and Finance, Student Services, Communications and Advancement.
  • 2005, Ecclesia received accreditation and offers degrees both on campus and online.
  • Jul 2009, Ecclesia College became a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).
  • Jun 2012, Founder and Chancellor, Oren Paris II, went to be with the Lord. His wife of 56 years, Inez Paris, was installed as Chancellor the following July.
  • Jun 2013, marked Ecclesia’s 38th anniversary.

Mission Statement[edit]

As an institution of higher learning, Ecclesia College mentors effective leaders to strengthen the foundations of society through the life and values of Christ.

Degrees[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Communication Ministries
  • Bachelor of Christian Counseling
  • Bachelor of Christian Leadership (Traditional or Online)
  • Bachelor of Music Ministries
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies (Traditional or Online)
  • Associate of General Studies
  • Associate of Biblical Studies (Traditional or Online)

Ministries[edit]

Accreditation[edit]

Ecclesia College receives institutional accreditation for higher education with The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Ecclesia College has been accredited with ABHE since 2005. ABHE is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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