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Students come to Kingswood University from all around the world and meet Christ in a profoundly personal and transforming way as part of a vibrant community of faith. They become fully engaged in college life and in the incredibly exciting journey of preparing for ministry. In four short years, they grow deep in their walk with the Master and emerge prepared for a lifetime of effective leadership in their respective areas of ministerial service. Kingswood University - a fully accredited university affiliated with The Wesleyan Church - offers high caliber programs of study uniquely focused on preparing men and women for Christian ministry. The Kingswood University experience is a highly effective integration of faith and learning based on three pillars: Dynamic Spiritual, Transformation, Academic Excellence, Exceptional Value.

The mission is to Kingswood University exists to serve Jesus Christ by strengthening the local and global Church through forming Christ-like servant leaders in a community that creatively blends academic excellence and practical ministry experience with intentional spiritual formation.

Core Values We are committed to . . .

  • upholding the authority and inspiration of the Bible
  • proclaiming the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world
  • encouraging each person to become an entirely devoted follower of Jesus Christ
  • providing a theological context that respects and serves the broader Church
  • operating from a Wesleyan/Arminian theological perspective
  • supporting the doctrine and lifestyle expectations of The Wesleyan Church

Statement of Faith Owned and operated by The Wesleyan Church, Kingswood University affirms the Articles of Religion, as found in The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church, which includes the following summary of doctrinal beliefs in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ the Son suffered in our place on the Cross, that He died but rose again, and that He now sits at the Father’s right hand until He returns to judge all humanity on the last day.

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. We believe that by the grace of God, every person has the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong and that those who repent of their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith. We believe that God not only counts the believer as righteous, but that He makes such persons righteous, freeing them of sin’s dominion at conversion, purifying their hearts by faith and perfecting them in love at entire sanctification, and providing for their growth in grace at every stage of their spiritual life, enabling them through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live victorious lives.

Kingswood University began as the Holiness Bible Institute in October 1945, in Woodstock, New Brunswick. The school was founded by the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada with the primary purpose of training ministers within the Atlantic region. In 1947, the school relocated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and was renamed Bethany Bible College. Eighteen years later, the leaders explored the possibility of relocating to a site that would be more central for the constituency and would provide more growth opportunities.

On September 18, 1965, Bethany Bible College reopened on the Sussex campus with two buildings on top of the hill overlooking the beautiful Kennebecasis Valley. Named in honor of President Conard Stairs, who led the new campus's vision, Stairs Hall housed administration offices, classrooms, the chapel, and dining hall. Ingersoll House, which was named in honor of Rev. H. R. Ingersoll, provided dormitory housing.

In 1983, the Province of New Brunswick authorized the college to grant degrees. Bethany Bible College became accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education in 1987. The school has since added other Associate of Arts and Bachelor degree programs, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology.

In 2011, Bethany Bible College was renamed Kingswood University to serve better our purpose of equipping servant leaders for global impact. More property was acquired over the years, and dorms, classrooms, and faculty offices have been added. In 2008, the Saunders Irving Chapel was dedicated and served as the center point of the campus. Following a complete modernization and refurbishment of the library in 2010, the Earle & Marion Trouten Library was renamed and rededicated. These significant additions, along with other major renovations, provide an excellent campus atmosphere for learning and worship.

Kingswood University exists to prepare men and women for vocational Christian ministry. Our graduates serve across North America and in 28 countries around the world. As we celebrate over 70 years of service to the Church, we remain committed to developing Christ-like spiritual leaders to serve God and His Church.

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