University description (as per official university website)
Bethany Bible College was founded in October 1945, in Woodstock, New Brunswick by the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada. Known 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.
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 College has also 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.
To prepare spiritual leaders for the church of Jesus Christ and specifically The Wesleyan Church. It is driven by the passion of Christ to reach a lost world as expressed in Matthew 9:38, Ask the Lord of the harvest . . . to send out workers into His harvest field. The focus of this mission is to prepare pastors for local church ministry and missionaries for trans-cultural service. The breadth includes the preparation of specialized ministers according to the needs of the Church. The depth is reflected in our requirement that all graduates demonstrate academic excellence, ministry effectiveness, and holy character.
In the accomplishment of the Mission of the College, the specific goal of Bethany Bible College is to prepare pastors, church planters, missionaries, youth pastors, ministers/directors of Christian education, ministers of music, teachers for Christian schools, and general Christian service workers.
In addition, the College continues to assess current programs to assure that they are meeting current ministry needs. Since the College is committed to the entire scope of the ministry of The Wesleyan Church, it seeks to provide the level of education needed by the Church for various professional ministries and to prepare graduates to fulfill with competence and effectiveness their calling in these ministries. While the College gives priority to the education of students from The Wesleyan Church, it also encourages and welcomes students from other church affiliations.
Within the framework of its mission and goals, the College shall strive to fulfill the following objectives:
To guide students into a greater knowledge of the Bible, the Christian faith, themselves, and the world.
To develop within students a deeper appreciation of biblical values, God's plan for their lives, their spiritual, social, and national heritage, and their privileges and responsibilities in contemporary life.
To assist students in the development of research skills, critical thinking for independent study, the integration of all knowledge and experience into a Christian world-view, and the effective communication of truth.
To facilitate students in their development of a well-rounded wholesome Christian personality, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.