How do we do this?
Presenting to everyone the Word of God in its fullness (Col. 1:25); growing in our awareness of the will and character of Jesus Christ as made known through the Bible so that we can become more mature—able to discern between right and wrong (Heb. 5:13-14).
Providing an environment of spiritual formation that enables growth through insight and understanding that comes by encountering the Spirit of God (Col. 1:9); being empowered to develop and serve in our spiritual gifts and abilities given by the Holy Spirit (1 Col. 12:11).
Developing our thinking skills through knowledge and understanding of God’s wisdom; forming Christ-like character through relationships that enable us to grow in wisdom and favour with God and people (Lk. 2:52).
Taking the things we learn from and about God and putting them into practice both individually and in community; exercising Godly practices and Christian service in the home, workplace, church and our world (Phil. 4:8-9); resolving to live a life marked by good discipline and stability of faith in Christ (Col. 3:23).
The Full Gospel Bible Institute was established in Eston, Saskatchewan in 1944 as “The Official Missionary and Bible Training Center of the Full Gospel Missions” where young people could learn and experience the grace of God and the power of God in preparation for service on the foreign field. A merger of two church fellowships in 1953 resulted in a union of the Bible schools under the continued leadership of the Full Gospel Bible Institute. Since that decision, the Full Gospel Bible Institute has served as the training center for the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada, Inc. The student enrollment grew from six in the first year to 187 in 1976-1977. In the years following, enrolment numbers average around 80 students.
Over time, changes have been made in the buildings, staffing and programs to adjust the Bible College experience to suit the times, such as practical training opportunities through international outreach tours following the school term. In the last decades, the context for Bible training has demanded more accountability and the response led to entering the accreditation process.
In May 2007, the school’s name changed to Eston College and in 2008 the college received full accreditation status with The Association for Biblical Higher Education. In the fall of 2012, we earned our 10 year accreditation.
The college has held fast to teaching the Bible as the revealed Word of God and promoting a relationship with God in which the individual experiences the power of the Spirit.
Where is Eston College?
Eston College is located in the southeast corner of Eston, Saskatchewan, a town with a population of 1100. It is part of the fertile plains of west-central Saskatchewan which are noted in the autumn for abundant grain harvests and wild goose hunting. This location is within 25 km of the South Saskatchewan River with its beautiful river hills, good for hiking and tobogganing.
Eston is situated on Highway No. 44, 210 km southwest of Saskatoon, which is served by major air, rail and bus lines.
Eston is 500 km east of Calgary, Alberta. There are daily bus services from Calgary and Saskatoon to Kindersley which is 60 km northwest of Eston.
We strive to balance our rural setting with ministry training and opportunities which prepare our students for the challenges of urban ministries. This is accomplished through dynamic partnerships with local churches and related para-church ministries.