Emmanuel Bible College

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

Emmanuel Bible College
MottoYour Gifts, Your Growth, His Glory.
TypePrivate Christian inter-denominational degree granting institution
AffiliationEvangelical Missionary Church of Canada; Christian & Missionary Alliance; CHEC; ABHE; CCCC; & United Brethren Churches in Canada
Religious affiliation
PresidentDr. Stephen Roy
Academic staff
48 [1]
100 Fergus Ave., Kitchener, Ontario N2A 2H2
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Colours Emmanuel Green     , Emmanuel Grey      & Emmanuel Blue     
MascotEBC Wildcats

Emmanuel Bible College is a Bible college located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1940, Emmanuel is attended by about 100 students each year, 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 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 currently undergoing changes, and consists of three main buildings.

  • J.H. Sherk Education Centre - named for Rev. J. Harold Sherk (d. 1974), a member of the College's original faculty
  • Edna Pridham Memorial Library - named for the College’s first missionary, who died while serving in Nigeria
  • Warder Hall - named for Mrs. Maude Warder, a member of the College’s original staff

Originally held in the basements of the Stouffville and Gormley Mennonite Brethren in Christ Churches, Emmanuel purchased a house on Ahrens St. in Kitchener, Ontario in 1943. The College met on Ahrens St. until 1964, when it moved to its location on Fergus Ave. with a newly-constructed administration building. The Faith Missionary Church building was also sold to Emmanuel around this time.

Before changes to the campus began in 2018, the College also owned and used several other buildings on its Fergus Ave. property.[5]

  • Ward M. Shantz Chapel - named for the founding President of the College
  • Ellis A. Lageer Administration Building - named for the College’s fourth President
  • Emmanuel Campus Centre - originally named Edgewood Hall
  • Lehman Hall - named for an original member of the College’s faculty
  • Wideman Hall - named for the College’s second President

Programs Offered[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 a Professional Studies Certificate in Addictions Counselling. 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.[6]


EBC is affiliated with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, the Congregational Christian Churches in Canada, the Christian & Missionary Alliance, the Be In Christ Church of Canada, the Mennonite Brethren Church, the United Brethren Churches in Canada, and the Evangelical Fellowship of 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 2018 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.)


  1. ^ "Faculty & Staff - Emmanuel Bible College". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Our Story – Gormley Church". gormleychurch.org. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Refresh - Emmanuel Bible College". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "About - Emmanuel Bible College". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Bible College Sells Land for Redisential Development – The Record". therecord.com. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Distance Education - Emmanuel Bible College". Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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