Kingswood University

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Kingswood University
Kingswood University Seal.png
MottoEquipping Servant Leaders for Global Impact
Established1945 (Woodstock, New Brunswick)
Moved 1947 (Yarmouth, NS)
Moved 1965 (Sussex, NB)
AffiliationWesleyan Church
PresidentSteven Lennox
DeanJanet Starks
Academic staff
26[citation needed]
Administrative staff
40[citation needed]
Location, ,
45°43′36″N 65°31′23″W / 45.72667°N 65.52306°W / 45.72667; -65.52306Coordinates: 45°43′36″N 65°31′23″W / 45.72667°N 65.52306°W / 45.72667; -65.52306
ColoursBlack      & Red     
AthleticsKingswood Blazers
AffiliationsWesleyan Church
Association for Biblical Higher Education
Association of Christian Schools International
Christian Holiness Partnership
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, CHEC
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Kingswood University is an evangelical Christian University associated with the Wesleyan Church,[1] located in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. It is chartered by the province of New Brunswick[2] and authorized to confer degrees in church-related education. The University is also registered with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada,[3] the Association of Christian Schools International,[4] and the Christian Holiness Partnership (CHP).[5]


Kingswood University was founded in October 1945, in Woodstock, New Brunswick by the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada as the Holiness Bible Institute. Its primary purpose was the training of ministers to serve the Reformed Baptist Church within the Atlantic region. In 1947, the school was relocated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and renamed Bethany Bible College.[6]

In 1965, Bethany relocated a second time to its present location in Sussex, New Brunswick. In July 1966, the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Two years later in June 1968, the Wesleyan Methodist Church merged with the Pilgrim Holiness Church to form what is known today as The Wesleyan Church.

Over the course of time, the University has made significant advances in its academic programs. In May 1970, the General Board of Administration of The Wesleyan Church authorized Bethany Bible College to award the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, the basic four-year program for those entering full-time ministerial service. In 1983, the Province of New Brunswick, through official legislation, authorized Bethany to grant church-related degrees. Accreditation was granted in 1987 by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and reaffirmed in 1997.

On June 1, 2010, Mark Gorveatte, formerly the District Superintendent for the West-Michigan Wesleyan District, became the eleventh and current president of the University.[7][8] Also in 2010, David Smith, formerly the Associate Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University, became Kingswood's Vice President of Academic Affairs.

In the fall of 2011, the name of Bethany Bible College was formally changed to Kingswood University.[9][10]


Kingswood University Tom Phillippe House.

Kingswood University is located on the west side of Sussex, New Brunswick. The campus is split between the lower campus located off Main Street and the upper campus located on top of a hill. The back side of campus is ringed by the Kennebecasis River.

Lower campus[edit]

Nicholson Hall
  • The Earle & Marion Trouten Library
  • Library staff offices
  • One classroom
Burbury Administration Building
  • Administration Department
  • Admissions Department
  • Communications Department
  • One classroom
  • Practice Rooms
  • Video Studio

Upper campus[edit]

Kingswood University Upper Campus.
Bridgeo House
  • Business Office
  • Operations
Faculty House
  • Faculty offices
Joan Phillippe House
  • Female residence
  • 16 apartments for married and single students
Spiritual Life Department
  • Academic Department
Ingersoll Dorm
  • Male residence
Stairs Hall
  • Cafeteria
  • Classrooms
Mitchell Student Center
  • Student Services
  • Deli
  • Weight/exercise room
  • Campus mailboxes
  • TV and rec room
Tom Phillippe Dorm
  • Split male and female dorm
Saunders Irving Chapel
  • Chapel
  • Prayer room
  • Wesley Hall (Banquet Hall with Meeting Room / Classroom Area)
Kingswood University Stairs Hall.


Degrees offered[edit]

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology[11]
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Christian School Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Evangelism & Compassion Ministry

Major and Minor programs of study[edit]

  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Counseling
  • Christian Education
  • Church planting
  • Global Ministry
  • Worship Leading
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Youth Ministry


Kingswood athletic teams are known as the Blazers. All teams use the Blazer logo which is a red flame.

Kingswood Blazer collegiate teams[edit]

Men’s Softball, Women’s Softball, Co-ed Soccer, Co-ed Hockey, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Co-ed Volleyball.

Intramural sports[edit]

Kingswood University - Blazer Hockey.
Badminton, Ball hockey, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Curling, Golf, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball.

Other leisure and recreational activities[edit]

  • Canoeing and kayaking the Kennebecasis River and Saint John River
  • Cross-country skiing at Fundy National Park or the walking trails of Sussex
  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Poley Mountain Ski Resort
  • Golfing and Curling at the Sussex Golf & Curling Club
  • Hiking and camping at Fundy Park, Caton’s Island or the nearby "bluff"
  • Horseback riding at Circle Square Ranch
  • Ice skating at the 8th Hussars arena
  • Indoor swimming at the Fairway Inn
  • Sea kayaking in Alma, New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy
  • Skateboarding at the 8th Hussars sports arena (Via outdoor fenced in skate park)
  • Walking trails of Sussex
  • Hiking at the Fundy Trail Parkway in St. Martins, New Brunswick

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wesleyan Colleges and Universities". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Universities". Government of New Brunswick. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. ^ "The EFC - Educational Institution Affiliates". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "ACSI Eastern Canada - Schools in New Brunswick". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  5. ^ Kingswood University - Accreditation and Charter
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