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In 1985, representatives from four denominations, including The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, The Associated Gospel Churches of Canada, The Evangelical Free Church of Canada, and The Baptist General Conference of Canada met to discuss the possibility of cooperation in post-secondary education, including the preparation of pastors, church planters and missionaries for the challenges of the 21st century. Through prayer, planning, and much consideration, a new vision developed to work together in the Believers' Church tradition to reach Canada and the world with the Gospel.
In 1987, the Baptist General Conference established Canadian Baptist Seminary, and the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, along with TWU, established Trinity Western Seminary. Northwest Baptist Seminary, established in 1975 by the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches, relocated its operations from Vancouver to the Langley campus of TWU.
In the summer of 1999 Canadian Theological Seminary, operated by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, opened a western campus as part of ACTS. At the same time, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California, relocated its BC Centre to the TWU campus and became part of the Consortium.
All the seminiaries are affiliated with TWU, with TWS being an operational part of the University. As ACTS, the five seminaries constitute the Graduate School of Theological Studies of Trinity Western University and enjoy maximum cooperation, effectiveness, efficiency, and quality. Part of this effective cooperation is the ACTS/TWU library.
Degrees in the consortium are offered "conjointly," that is, by the University and the participating Seminary together. In June, 1997, ACTS became an accredited member in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
A new ministry of ACTS was created in the Spring of 1998, the ACTS Intercultural Ministry Centre (AIM).
The ACTS Seminaries also maintain effective, on-campus partnerships with Canadian Pentecostal Seminary, the Canadian Institute of Linguistics, and a number of other ministry organisations.
All five seminaries occupy space in the Fosmark Centre (completed in 1993) on the TWU campus. The Consortium's goals are to strengthen each denomination's distinctives and mission; to provide the finest training designed to accelerate evangelism and the planting of New Testament churches; and to witness to our essential oneness of purpose in Jesus Christ or Lord.
The mission of ACTS is to develop godly servant leaders who have a love and burden for people based on a strong commitment to Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the ministry of His church, who will energetically strengthen, revitalize and actively multiply communities of effective ministering believers in Canada and around the world.
As of 2002, seminary presidents were:
R. Neil Snider, President of TWU/TWS
Henry Schmidt, President of MBBS
Daryl Busby, President of CBS (since 1997)
Larry Perkins, President of NBS
George Durance, President of CTS
Source: 2001-2002 ACTS Catalogue
Wendell Phillips was appointed Registrar for ACTS in 1995. In August 2001, Phil Zylla was appointed Executive Director of ACTS.
In October, 2004, the Canadian Pentecostal Seminary joined the ACTS consortium.
As of 2008, seminary presidents were:
John Auxier, Acting President of TWS
Jim Holm, President of MBBS?
Daryl Busby, President of CBS
Larry Perkins, President of NBS
George Durance, President of CTS (Renamed Ambrose in 2007)
Jim Lucas, President of CPS
News Release, January 7, 2008:
Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that Ronald W. Toews has been appointed to the combined position of Principal for ACTS Seminaries and Associate Vice President of Graduate Theological Studies.
The position of Principal is not new to the Seminary but where it fits in the organizational structure of the University is. Responsive to the ACTS Joint Governance Committee, the Principal will sit and serve as a functional member of the TWU President's Cabinet and Provost's Office Team and will facilitate the ongoing integration of the Graduate School of Theological Studies within the greater University, among other responsibilities and roles.
Dr. Howard Andersen’s term as ACTS Academic Dean ended on April 30, 2008; he moves on to new employment at Power To Change.
Dr. Ken Radant, Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Dean of Ambrose Seminary, became the interim ACTS Academic Dean on May 1, 2008.
Source: Intercomm announcement, May 8, 2008
Dr. Kenton Anderson accepted the Northwest Baptist Seminary Board's offer to become its eighth President, effective January 1, 2011. The Board's decision and Dr. Anderson's acceptance culminate an 18 month process of succession planning and searching.
Dr. Larry Perkins is retiring from the role of president, a position he has held since 2000. He will be continuing at Northwest in a teaching capacity.
Source: Intercomm announcement, November 4, 2010
ACTS Seminaries is pleased to announce that MBBS Canada has appointed Dr. Bruce Guenther as Interim President and Developer for Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) Canada, effective immediately. Dr. Guenther has been on Faculty with MBBS/ACTS since 1999.
Source: Intercomm announcement, January 20, 2011
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David Bilyeu attended Trinity Junior College ca. 1966-1968
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According to "Active, Dynamic Governance: A Statement of the Role and Responsibilities of the Board of Governors of Trinity Western College" (revised 1982) the Board of Governors is legally responsible for the administration and general activities of TWU. The Board has four general functions which include:
1) Appointment or recall of the President
2) Establishment of University policy
3) Representation for public and community relations
4) Financial support.
Specific responsibilities of the Board, as the University's primary policy-making body, include:
1) Approval of changes or additions in objectives and major programs
2) Authorization of capital expenditures
3) Authorization for the disposal of assets
4) Approval of borrowings and other plans to finance the University operations
5) Establishment of controls essential to the protection of the rights and interests of contributors, the church, the staff, the faculty, the alumni, and the students
6) General (external) supervision of the University's Business, Academic, Student, Public Affairs, Seminary matters, approval of faculty hiring and faculty tenure
7) Establishment and revision of Constitution and By-Laws
8) Approval of long-range plans
9) Fixing charges and tuition/residence fees
As of August, 2002, five major committees operated within the Board of Governors:
1) Academic Committee
2) Business and Finance Committee
3) Student Life Committee (formerly known as Student Development Committee)
4) Development Committee (formerly known as University Advancement Committee)
5) Enrolment Committee (previously part of the University Advancement Committee which included the Seminary Committee)
The School for Canada Committee (January - June 1961) oversaw the early stages of the establishment and development of TWU. This committee was renamed the Trinity Junior College Committee (July - October 1961). The Governing Board of TJC held its first meeting on November 28, 1961. Initially, the Board of Governors consisted of nine members elected by the Evangelical Free Church of America, and was structured into three committees: an Academic Committee, a Finance Committee, and a Student & Personnel Committee. In 1976 a fourth committee, the Public Affairs Committee, was added. It was renamed the Development Committee ca. 1981.
In June 1979 the Board approved the election of 3 additional members, followed by 3 more in 1980. This brought the total number of elected board members to 15. In January 1982 the Board of Governors approved President Neil Snider's recommendation to create a 21 member board comprised of 15 members elected by the Evangelical Church of America and 6 members appointed by the elected board. When the Evangelical Free Church of Canada separated from the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1983 the Board of Governors underwent another change. It was determined that the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Evangelical Free Church of Canada would each elect 7 members to the Board of Governors and together those 14 elected members would appoint 7 additional members. Around this time the terms of office for Board members were amended to three years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms being served.
According to an overview provided by Ken Lawrence (archives files, undated) in 1990 "the role of the Board was redefined to focus on three areas of responsibility: fiscal responsibility; sharing in the establishment of creative vision; and responsibility for maintaining institutional integrity through its mission. In 1992 a fifth committee was added to the Board structure" and others were renamed. "The five committees are now: the Academic Committee; the Seminary Committee; the Business & Finance Committee; the Student Life Committee; and the University Advancement Committee. The Executive Committee was defined as the Board Chairman and the Chair of each of the five committees. In 1997 the Board was again enlarged to include the President of the TWU Alumni Association as an Ex Officio member. Also, the Chairman of the TWU Foundation was added as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board."
Initially the Board of Governors convened semi-annually with additional meetings called if necessary. In 1983 the Board decided to meet three times a year with meetings held in September/October, January/February, and April/May with additional meetings called if necessary. All Board members are asked to serve a three year term. The terms for the elected members begin in September and the terms for the appointed members begin in January.
During its November 2004 meeting, "the Board approved a number of by-law amendments ... to reflect the increased size of the Board – now 25 members (7 elected from EFCC, 7 elected from EFCA, and 11 appointed) plus 4 ex-officio members. (Source: Highlights of the TWU Board of Governors’ November 2004 Meeting distributed via email by Glen Forrester, Nov. 23/04)
TWU is governed by a Board of Governors to which the President's Cabinet reports. The board is comprised of distinguished Christian leaders from across Canada and the United States. TWU is moving to adopt a Carver Policy Governance model for the Board of Governors and the institution.
(Source: http://www.twu.ca/governance/board/ accessed September 20, 2008) As of this date, twenty individuals were identified as Board members.
As of November, 2008, the Board was officially comprised of twenty members, but steps were being taken to down-size to a total of thirteen members.
In May 2009, the Board was comprised of fifteen members, including President Raymond.
TWU has adopted a Carver Policy Governance model for the Board of Governors and the institution. The move toward Policy Governance has been a thorough process involving in-depth consultation with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Aug 2006 - Board Governance Committee received orientation to Policy Governance from John and Miriam Carver in Atlanta.
Mar 2007 - TWU began working with an external coach in transitioning to Policy Governance.
Aug 2006-Aug 2007 - TWU consulted with stakeholders throughout Canada on Ends Policies.
Nov 2008 - The Board began to operate according to Policy Governance principles.
The University Senate was established in 2008 by directive of the Provost
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The British Columbia Social Credit Party was first registered as the British Columbia Social Credit League in 1949. Lyle Wicks was the first President of the League. In 1951, after crossing the floor and leaving the B.C. Conservative Party, W.A.C. Bennett joined the Social Credit League. When a provincial election was called in 1952, the League chose Rev. Hansell of Alberta as Leader during the term of the election. Social Credit won 19 seats and the C.C.F. party won 18. The elected Social Credit Caucus chose W.A.C. Bennett as their Leader. He became Premier of British Columbia on August 2, 1952. The Social Credit Government had its first session in January 1953 and was defeated on the “Rolston Formula” a bill concerning Education. A new election was called and Social Credit won.
Social Credit continued as government, with an election held every 3 years, until 1972.