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Vanguard College

Coordinates: 53°34′35″N 113°29′52″W / 53.57639°N 113.49778°W / 53.57639; -113.49778 (Vanguard College)

Vanguard College, formerly known as the Northwest Bible College and Canadian Northwest Bible Institute, is a college offering Christian education, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their mission is to develop innovative spirit-filled leaders.[1]

Vanguard College
Vanguard College
Former name
Canadian Northwest Bible Institute (1946-1964)
Northwest Bible College (1964-2004)
MottoDeveloping Innovative Spirit-Filled Leaders
PresidentEric Derksen
Academic staff
12140 103 Street NW
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T5G 2J9
Campusurban small
AffiliationsPentecostal Assemblies of Canada, ABHE, Christian Higher Education Canada



Vanguard College was founded in 1946 as Canadian Northwest Bible Institute (CNBI) by D.N. Buntain. The first classes, towards a three-year Bible diploma program, in the original Central Pentecostal Tabernacle building in Edmonton enrolled forty students and employed six part-time staff. The Canadian Northwest Bible Institute was renamed Northwest Bible College (NBC) in 1964. Northwest Bible College became Vanguard College in May 2004.[1]


To prepare themselves for ministry, students choose from a variety of one through four-year programs in a variety of disciplines. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in the many different programs, including Children and Family, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral, Worship and Youth Ministry. Vanguard also offers several 1 year certificate programs in these areas. Students are required to do "Field Education" or practical ministry each academic year. Distance Education courses are provided through Vanguard College's International Biblical Online Leadership Training (IBOLT) department.


It is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).


Although Vanguard College is a non-resident campus, Student Housing is offered to first year students. Student Housing consists of fully furnished apartments in the neighbourhood of the college that are sub-leased to students throughout the school year. In addition, the Second Home Initiative helps students locate possible apartments and/or roommates.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Our History - Vanguard College". Vanguard College. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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