Seal-Kap Dairy Farm

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In January, an Option was taken on the 115 acre Seal-Kap Dairy Farm north of Langley [pictured left]. The Deed of Conveyance was registered in the New Westminster Land Registry Office in September.

Launch of Trinity Junior College (TJC) was officially announced at a banquet held in the Langley High School auditorium in December.


President Hanson

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In May, Reverend Charles McGee moved that “Trinity Junior College” be adopted as the permanent name of the new Free Church college in Canada.
Minutes of the meeting of the Canada School Committee of the EFCA, held at North Surrey, BC, May 1-2, 1961
[TWU Archives: F 37 B 1 File 6]

In June, the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Conference at Green Lake, Wisconsin, elected four men to administrative posts at the Canada College-to-be:
President: Calvin B. Hanson [pictured right]
Dean and Registrar: Dr. Enoch Mattson
Dean of Students: Leland Asa
Vice President for Business Administration: Perry Havens

Members of the national Women’s Missionary Society of the Evangelical Free Church donated $18,000 toward the construction of the first new building on campus grounds, the Chapel-Library building.

Approximately 400 persons witnessed the sod-turning and dedication services for the 115-acre campus of TJC on Sunday afternoon, October 8, 1961 ...
“Trinity Junior College Sod Turned on October 8,” Evangelical Beacon, November 21, 1961, p. 3. [TWU Archives: F 2 B 55 File 39]


First TJC Calendar

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In 1962, Trinity Western was formed in British Columbia as a private society associated with the Evangelical Free Church in Canada. In 1969, pursuant to the Trinity Junior College Act, it became a junior college mandated to provide an education with, “an underlying philosophy and viewpoint that is Christian,” and in 1985, Trinity Western University was incorporated under the laws of British Columbia.

First college calendar [pictured right] was published in January.

Cheakamus Project pre-fabricated dormitories were set up for student housing.

Founder’s Club was established; thirty acres across the railroad tracks were sold; assets stood at $150,000, equity nil.

Board of Governors was established.

President Hanson arrived on site in July.

Classes began in September with 17 students enrolled; the first Convocation Ceremony was held.

First issues of the TJC Pioneer — a precursor to later student newspapers — published in September and October.

New Chapel Building

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Typhoon Freda hit the southern BC coast on October 12.

First issues of the TJC News and Views newsletter were printed in the fall.

Chapel was completed [pictured left]; the library was originally located in one wing of the building.
Architect: Will Wilding
Contractor: Henry Hiebert of Hub Construction
See 1980 for Chapel Naming ceremony

Trinity hosted the National Ministerial Seminar of the Free Church; during this time, on October 18, a dedication service was held for the Chapel.

Historic note: In December, John B. MacDonald, President of the University of British Columbia, issued his report, “Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future,”  which called for the establishment of two-year college programs in the province.


First “Pillar” yearbook was published.
“I am told that my Convocation address concerning the great pillar of cloud and of fire which led God’s people of old served as an inspiration to you to select the name “Pillar” for your school annual. May it always remind you that though today we have no visible pillar of cloud or fire to guide us, we do have the assurance that God is still concerned to direct His people.”
Calvin B. Hanson, The President’s message, Pillar 1963, p. 11

Trinity Advancement Campaign (TAC) was launched.

In April, Trinity hosted the Canadian Pacific District Annual Conference.

First Graduates

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First graduation exercises took place on Monday, May 13; four students received their diplomas [pictured left].


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Barn converted for temporary use as a gymnasium and given the nickname the “barnasium”;  TJC athletes competed against local high school teams [pictured right].

“Big trucks from the Highway contractor are bringing in their excess dirt and doing some fill for us that will provide a level place for parking in front of our Chapel Library.  Last year they leveled a very large area of our property and even payed [sic] us cash for the privilege.”
“The main projects on campus this summer have been the finishing of two or more dormitories, the remodeling of the kitchen, further remodeling of the barn to provide a student lounge, and considerable landscaping.”
“… there is much activity taking place on the campus.  Two more dormitories are being finished.  The oval driveway circling in front of the Dormitories, the Chapel-Library, and the Administration Building is to be black-topped.  Lines for natural gas are to be installed just as soon as possible which will net a real saving for the College over the present fuel used for heating.  An excellent athletic field is being prepared.”
Correspondence from Perry Havens to various Evangelical Free churches, July and August 1963  F 08 B 19 File 13

Fall Convocation took place on Monday, September 13, at 8 pm.

Forty-nine students enrolled


Ground-breaking ceremony for the Science Building Project was celebrated on April 19.  The Honourable Leslie Peterson, Minister of Education, was in attendance, and challenged TJC to “contribute a distinctive ingredient consonant with its heritage of faith in the Bible.”
From “Key Historical Dates,” F 01, Box 09, originally file 5

‘Double Your Dollar’ fundraiser for Arts and Sciences Building was launched in May.  A banquet was held in the Langley High School auditorium on Saturday, May 30.

Second graduation exercises held on June 1st; there were eleven graduates.

Arts and Science Building Interior

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Arts and Science Building [pictured right] was dedicated on October 17.
The A&S Building originally included a bookstore, faculty lounge and offices, in addition to being the main new classroom building.

101 to 104 students enrolled

Note: one set of enrolment figures from 1962 to 1976 is based on “Trinity Western College Expenditure Summary,” F 8 B 1


New Library

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“Friday evening, February 5th, a special praise convocation was held in our college chapel at which time was unveiled the architect’s sketch for a library building which will be erected this spring as a gift from one of our friends.”
Correspondence from Perry Havens to the Evangelical Free Church in Longview, WA, February 19, 1965, F 08 B 19 File 15

New 3500-volume library [pictured left], built to accommodate 200 students, was officially dedicated on October 23.
Architect: Norman Jones
[Langley Advance, vol. 34 no. 30, Feb. 11 1965 and dedication program – F 42 Box 1 File 1]
See 1971 for library naming

A second Trinity Advancement Campaign (TAC) was held.

105 students enrolled


Developed lower, unfinished levels of Arts and Science building into dorms.  According to Roger Mattson, alumnus, in 1967 the men’s residences were located in the A&S Building; the pre-fab dormitories provided women’s housing.

162 students enrolled


“False start” groundbreaking for gymnasium.
For more information, see Hanson’s book On the Raw Edge of Faith, 1st ed., pp 151-153


New Library

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United Development Crusade.

First issue of the Salmon River Digest, the annual Homecoming paper, was published [pictured right].

TJC’s first theatrical production, “The Romantics,” premiered on March 4th. It was directed by students.

Snack Bar was opened in lower Arts and Science Building.

Douglas Centre dormitory and dining complex (Old Student Centre), named for the first Premier of BC, Sir James Douglas, was dedicated on Sunday, November 5, at 3 pm.
Architect: Doug Cowin
Construction: Laing Construction Co. (President Jack Bibby)
Project Manager: Neil Gilmore.

217 to 222 students enrolled


Bridge leading onto campus washed out by flood.

Language laboratories were installed in the Chapel and dedicated on September 20.

Printing plant was established.

252 to 256 students enrolled


New Enarson Gymnasium

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On April 1 Bill 53 was passed, and An Act Respecting Trinity Junior College came into being, formally defining the purposes and operation of the school.

David E. Enarson Gymnasium and Auditorium [pictured left] was completed.  It was the largest in the Fraser Valley at time of construction.
Architect: Mr. William K. Noppe
According to Gym-Auditorium Project brochure: “Mr. Noppe was the architect for the Pacific Collisum [sic], which was completed in 1968.  He is doing the architectural work largely as his personal contribution to Trinity Junior College.”

301 to 310 students enrolled