HistoryMay 24, 2020 2022-06-14 15:55
A Look Back
The winding road that brought us here
Eston College (formerly, The Full Gospel Bible Institute) was established in Eston, Saskatchewan in 1944 as The Official Missionary and Bible Training Center of the Full Gospel Missions. Young people were invited to learn and experience the grace and power of God in preparation for service on the foreign field. A merger of two church fellowships in 1953 resulted in a union of the Bible schools under the continued leadership of the Full Gospel Bible Institute. Since that decision, the Full Gospel Bible Institute has served as the training center for the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada, Inc. The student enrolment grew from six in the first year to 187 in 1976-1977. In the years following, enrolment numbers averaged around 80 students.
Over time, many changes have been made to the buildings, staffing and programs to adjust the Bible College experience to suit the times. In the last decades, the context for Bible training has demanded more accountability and the response led to entering the accreditation process. In May 2007, the school’s name changed to Eston College and in 2008 the College received full accreditation status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In the fall of 2012, we earned our 10-year accreditation.
The introduction of practical training opportunities through Contact Trips and World Action Teams (WAT) continues to invite students to apply what they learn inside the classroom into new, cross-cultural environments.
Regardless of physical and academic shifts throughout its history, Eston College has held fast to teaching the Bible as the revealed Word of God and promoted relationship with God in which individuals experience the power of the Holy Spirit.
In August of 2019, the College celebrated 75 years of God’s faithfulness in calling young people to devote their lives to the pursuit of understanding the Scriptures and experiencing the power of God. We held a special, weekend-long reunion that was attended and enjoyed by hundreds of former students and their families, including special visits from a few of our inaugural alumni. It was a wonderful testimony to the goodness of God and His favour in this community over the decades – and a promise of greater things yet to come.