Emmanuel Bible College

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For the previously Methodist, currently United Church of Canada theology school affiliated with the University of Toronto, go to Emmanuel College, Toronto.

Coordinates: 43°26′4.50″N 80°26′26.91″W / 43.4345833°N 80.4408083°W / 43.4345833; -80.4408083

Emmanuel Bible College
Motto Preparing women and men to think, live, serve and lead in the Church and in the world.
Type Private Christian inter-denominational degree granting institution
Established 1940
Affiliation CHEC, ABHE; Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, CCCC; & United Brethren Churches in Canada
Religious affiliation
President Dr. Mark Boughan
Academic staff
48 [1]
Students 200
Undergraduates Available
Address 100 Fergus, Kitchener, Ontario N2A 2H2, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Campus urban
Colours green     & grey     
Sports recreational
Website http://www.emmanuelbiblecollege.ca

Emmanuel Bible College is a small Bible college located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It is attended by more than 200 students from September to April, with a break in December.


In response to a need for trained Christian leaders, the college was established in 1940 as a Bible school in Stouffville, Ontario by Ward M Shantz. It then shortly relocated to Gormley, Ontario.[2] In 1943 the school was moved to downtown Kitchener, Ontario (now site of Centre In The Square on Ahrens near Queen Street) and then, in 1964, to the current location at 100 Fergus Avenue in Kitchener.

In 1982 the college received its accreditation by the (now) Association for Biblical Higher Education, following the passing of a provincial Act giving it the right to grant degrees.


Emmanuel exists to provide training in Christian discipleship and ministry to persons of all ages through both degree programs and nonformal training that includes online courses and certificates and regularly offered workshops under the name "Refresh".[3] The college's mission statement is: "Through academic training and hands on ministry and service, Emmanuel prepares Christ followers who are committed to making a difference in their world." [4]


The campus is composed of a number of buildings:

  • Ward M. Shantz Chapel - named for founder of the College
  • Ellis Lageer Administration Building
  • Emmanuel Campus Centre
  • J.H. Sherk Education Centre - named for Rev. J. Harold Sherk (d. 1974), former member of the College's faculty
  • Edna Pridham Memorial Library - missionary
  • Residences: Warder Hall, Lehman Hall, and Wideman Hall

Ward M. Shantz Chapel is where chapel services are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:30am–12:15pm. The main administration building was constructed when the college moved from its location on Ahrens Street in Kitchener to where it is now located. The library was built in the 1980s in memory of Edna Pridham, who died while she was serving in Nigeria.


The college has three residence buildings.[5]

First Year Emmanuel Student (includes Room, 10 meals per week, Residence Association Fee) Single Occupancy: $3129.00 Double Occupancy: $2879.00

First Year Non-Emmanuel Student (includes Room, 5 meals per week, Residence Association Fee) Single Occupancy: $2345.00 Double Occupancy: $2095.00 [6]

Educational offerings (programs)[edit]

Emmanuel is a Bible College with the distinction of offering both Degree and Diploma programs focusing on a variety of faith and ministry disciplines. These programs include a four-year Bachelor of Theology program (BTh) as well as a three-year Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE). These programs offer a variety of major choices, as well as double-major options. As well, the school offers a variety of short-term diploma and certificates, such as the one year MountainTop program and the adventure-discipleship program, Expedition. The ministry training programs are a blend of: Bible and Theology courses (a major); General Studies; Professional courses; Field Education, Internships, and Co-ops.[4]

Distance education Distance Education courses are available to anyone interested in pursuing educational opportunities at Emmanuel. For some students, DE provides a chance to begin a Bible college education either as an occasional student or to enter a program. For others, DE courses supplement the in-class offerings, providing flexibility in scheduling. Students in any certificate, diploma or degree program at Emmanuel may take up to half of their courses by DE.[7]


EBC is affiliated with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, Congregational Christian Churches in Canada; & United Brethren Churches in Canada [4]

The College is an accredited member with the Commission on Accreditation of the ABHE. ABHE is recognized by the (American) Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As well, the College is chartered by the Province of Ontario in the 1981 Emmanuel Bible College Act, which entitles EBC to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), and Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.)


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