Providence University College and Theological Seminary

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Coordinates: 49°30′06″N 97°02′41″W / 49.50167°N 97.04472°W / 49.50167; -97.04472

Providence University College and Theological Seminary
MottoKnowledge and Character for Leadership and Service
TypePrivate school
AffiliationEvangelical Christian
PresidentDavid Johnson
Administrative staff
Full-time Staff/Faculty, Part-time Staff/Faculty
Location, ,
Campus100 acres (40 ha)
AffiliationsAssociation of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, CCCU

Providence University College and Theological Seminary is an interdenominational evangelical Christian University College and Theological Seminary located approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) south-east of Winnipeg in Otterburne, Manitoba.

Providence is currently accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The College offers over 200 courses that are transferable to University of Manitoba. Students can also transfer many courses to other Canadian educational institutions such as Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg.

History (synopsis)[edit]

The Winnipeg Bible Training School was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1925, and renamed a short time later to Winnipeg Bible Institute. Its founding was pushed forward by Reverend H. L. Turner.

When it received a provincial charter to grant theological degrees in 1949, it was renamed Winnipeg Bible Institute and College of Theology

The college started a full degree-granting program and was renamed Winnipeg Bible College in 1963.

In 1970, facing the demolition of its quarters, shortfall in funds, and low enrolment, the college moved 50 kilometers south to Otterburne, Man., where it acquired the vacant building of the former St. Joseph's College, a Roman Catholic high school. Enrollment that year was 70 students.

A graduate division was formed as Providence Theological Seminary in 1972, which had full membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In 1992 the school was renamed Providence College and Theological Seminary. For the academic year of 2009-10 more than 200 students had enrolled. The name was further changed in 2011 to Providence University College and Theological Seminary.[1]


Providence University College[edit]

Providence University College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in Communications and Media, Biblical and Theological Studies, Business Administration, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Humanities, and Social Sciences.[2]

Providence University College has the following faculties.

  • Biblical and Theological Studies. Providence College's core is in Biblical and Theological Studies. It is offered to students in three different programs: a 1-year Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies; 3-year B.A. degrees in Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology; and 4-year B.A. degrees in Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology.
  • Business Administration
  • Communications and Media
  • Aviation - studies in career and missionary flight
  • Youth Leadership
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Providence University College is also home to an English Language Institute which prepares international students, whose first language is not English, for successful academic studies at the post-secondary level.

The inter-denominational evangelical Providence Theological Seminary prepares workers for service in global ministries, pastoral ministry, counseling, TESOL, and wider Christian service.

Providence Theological Seminary[edit]

The seminary offers one-year certificates and Master of Arts (in a range of majors and programs), Master of Divinity (in two tracks), and Doctor of Ministry degrees. The various programs offer options for students seeking ordination, advanced training, and general knowledge. Examples of majors (M.A.): global ministries, educational studies, counseling, theological studies, and Christian studies.

For a two- or three-year degree, a one-year residency is required. In some cases, up to one year of courses can be studied on-line.

Because the faculty and student body are international in scope, professors and students bring an enriching range of perspectives and experiences to the classroom setting and broader community life.

The seminary publishes the journal Didaskalia.

William Falk Library and Learning Resource Centre[edit]

Providence College and Seminary proposed to improve the library facilities through the construction of this new learning resource centre. The Learning Resource Centre provides room for over 100,000 volumes and the latest in technology. The number of private study carrels and other private work stations was increased to 200. The facility is around 20,000 square feet.[3]


Providence is the home of the Pilots, who compete in both the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), as well as the Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference (MCAC). Providence has teams for Men's and Women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, and men’s hockey.

The colleges that Providence competes against in the NCCAA are: Faith Bible (Ankeny, Iowa), North Central University (Minneapolis), and Trinity Christian College (Ellendale, ND).

The colleges in the MCAC are: Red River College, Canadian Mennonite University, St. Boniface University, Assiniboine Community College, Oak Hills Bible College (U.S.).

Providence University College is equipped with a fully functional gymnasium, the campus also contains two regulation soccer fields, an ice rink and two beach volleyball courts.

Touring ensembles[edit]

Various touring and theatric ensembles operate out of Providence University College such as Aslan's Child, Once Lost, Prov Players, Providence University Choir, and Providence Chamber Choir. They play various forms of Christian music and other worship songs.

See also[edit]


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