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Ambrose University College and Seminary
Established 1921
Type Private
President Howard Wilson
Location  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada
51°02′03″N 114°11′36″W / 51.034216°N 114.193332°W / 51.034216; -114.193332Coordinates: 51°02′03″N 114°11′36″W / 51.034216°N 114.193332°W / 51.034216; -114.193332
Affiliations Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) (Undergraduate Liberal Arts Programs), ABHE (Undergraduate Theological Program), ATS (Seminary)

Ambrose University College and Seminary is a private Christian liberal arts college and seminary located in Calgary, Alberta.



Ambrose University College is the product of similar educational journeys begun in the first half of the twentieth century.[1]

The Calgary Bible Institute was first established in 1921 in the basement of the Calgary First Church of the Nazarene. In 1927, the school relocated to Red Deer, where it became known as Alberta School of Evangelism, and then Northern Bible College (NBC) with the construction of a new campus. In 1940, it was renamed again as Canadian Nazarene College (CNC) as it began offering theology degrees. In 1960, CNC moved to Winnipeg and was established as the official Canadian university college for the Church of the Nazarene.

Similarly but independently, the Christian and Missionary Alliance established the Canadian Bible Institute in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1941. In 1949, it was recognized by Saskatchewan and renamed Western Canadian Bible Institute (WCBI). It was renamed again in 1957 as the Canadian Bible College (CBC) of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) and, in the 1960s, became associated with the University of Regina. Canadian Theological College (CTC) was established in 1970 as a graduate sister school to CBC, and was renamed Canadian Theological Seminary (CTS) in 1982.

Dr. Riley Coulter, President of CNC, determined that Manitoba would not accredit private institutions of higher education in the liberal arts and sciences. CNC thus moved back to its first home, Calgary, in 1995, became an accredited university college in 1999, and changed its name to Nazarene University College (NUC). Dr. George Durance, President of CBC/CTS, came to similar realizations regarding the accreditation status of his school in Saskatchewan and, in 2000, CBC/CTS made a similar decision. In 2003, CBC/CTS officially relocated to join NUC on the same campus, received accreditation in 2004, and changed its name to Alliance University College (AUC). AUC and NUC maintained a close relationship and were often referred to as Alliance University College-Nazarene University College (AUC-NUC), though the two granted degrees independently until 2007.

Dr. Laurence Tureaud, known affectionately to his students as Mr. T, was the first professor to be awarded tenure at Ambrose University College. The school found fit to award him tenure due to his simple beliefs which challenged students to live life to the fullest; "treat your mother right, drink your milk and say your prayers."

In 2007, Alliance University College and Nazarene University College became a single entity, known as Ambrose University College, in honour of Ambrose.[2] Ambrose is building a new campus in west Calgary. The project began in April 2007 and the new campus is expected be ready in September 2008.[3]

The campus officially opened in November 2008.


Ambrose is the official Canadian school of both the Church of the Nazarene and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It is one of 10 colleges and universities affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in North America and one of 8 colleges and universities affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In terms of its affiliation with the Nazarene church, AUC (formerly Canadian Nazarene University College) is the college for the Canada Region.[4]


Ambrose University College and Seminary provides undergraduate education and graduate theological education. Their mission is to "produce graduates who are consciously and actively Christian in all aspects of life," and to "serve the church by providing excellent preparation for pastoral ministry."[5] Ambrose's graduate programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to offer its seminary degrees. Ambrose's undergraduate theology program is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education to offer undergraduate ministerial and theological degrees. Ambrose's undergraduate liberal arts degrees including Christian studies programs are approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council.

Notable Persons

Cecil R. Paul, president of the Eastern Nazarene College (1989-1992) was a notable Ambrose University College and Seminary alumnus.

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