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About Regent College

Mission

Regent College is a graduate school of theology that cultivates intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His Church, and His world.

History

In the mid-1960s in Vancouver, British Columbia, a group of business people got together to discuss the formation of a new theological school. Unlike other theological institutions that trained people for “professional ministry,” this school had a distinctive vision characterized by three central elements: it was to be a transdenominational graduate school that prized the denominational heritage brought by each new student; it was to have an emphasis on the whole people of God (rather than concentrating on paid leaders of the church); and it was to be located on a university campus. 

The College was founded in 1968 on the campus of the University of British Columbia, and was the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus. The beginning of such a venture in Western Canada was in response to a growing belief that the “new frontiers” of lay person involvement should be implemented in a strategic centre of trade and commerce. Vancouver proved ideal, because of its location on the Pacific Rim and its access to other capitals of the world. 

Since its formation in 1968, Regent College has achieved a world-wide reputation as one of the leading centres of graduate-level theological education. Regent College faculty members lecture throughout the world, and their publications reach a wide audience. Students name Regent’s high academic reputation, its international diversity, its strong community focus, and its reputation for attentiveness to spiritual formation as the top reasons they choose to attend Regent College.