1950s

1956

Earliest reference to the idea of an EFCA school in Canada: June 22, 1956 minutes of the General Board of the EFCA, recorded during a conference held at Winona Lake, Indiana. [TWU Archives: F 37 B 1 File 1]

The Evangelical Free Church in Canada was offered the downtown Vancouver property of the Vancouver Bible Institute. The property went instead to the Baptist General Conference. At the time, this was a devastating blow to Free Church aspirations for an educational institution in Canada. In the long run, however, it may have been a blessing in disguise as the Free Church was forced to take a real step of faith in order to establish the kind of Christian liberal arts college which Canada needed. [David E. Enarson. Thine Hand Upon Me, chapter 29 (unpaged)]

1957-58

Carl Fosmark

TWU Archives
Item No. 1998-01-3906

National Free Church (EFCA) Conference appointed an Exploratory Committee to study the need for a school in the Canadian Pacific District. In 1958, the School for Canada Committee was elected and included Fosmark, Enoch Mattson, and David Enarson. The committee, led by Enarson, recommended that a junior college be founded, and the decision was made to locate the school in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Carl Fosmark [pictured right], pastor and District Superintendent for the EFCC, had a vision for a Christian college in Canada.

1959

The Langley property is first mentioned in the minutes of the School for Canada Committee in May, 1959: “… the Committee went on record as favoring … the first site (the dairy farm north of Milner on Glover Rd. in Municipality of Langley …)”
Minutes of the meeting of the School-for-Canada Exploratory Committee held at Vancouver, BC, May 26-27, 1959.
[TWU Archives: F 37 B 1 File 6]

Project Cheakamus

TWU Archives Item No. 1998-01-0877

Mannix Company offered the college two of ten prefabricated buildings — originally part of the Cheakamus River Hydro-electric Project construction camp — if the other eight were moved to an agreed-upon site. [pictured left]

Two local companies — Nickel Brothers House Movers and Modern Building Movers, owned by Pete Friesen — donated the use of equipment and crews, while pastors and members of local churches volunteered their time and energy to the cause.
Calvin B. Hanson. On the Raw Edge of Faith, p. 39