We are an Evangelical, Pentecostal community whose mission is to develop disciples of Christ — faithful men & women educated in the wisdom of the Bible who walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit and who extend God’s grace by serving as His ambassadors in the home, church, and marketplace.
How 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).
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).
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).
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.
Statistics for 2016-2017
GPA for 2016-2017..........3.05%
Program Completion Rate..........75%
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.
Statement of Faith
What we believe
Eston College is a Christian College that fosters a biblical view of life as understood in the Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions.
Therefore we believe:
I. That the Apostles’ Creed contains the central tenets of the Christian faith and that it is the basis for Christian Fellowship.
II. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has articulated the tenets of faith that distinguish the Evangelical community in Canada.
III. Within the Pentecostal tradition there are several historical distinctives that distinguish the Pentecostal expression of the Christian faith. Some of these historical distinctives are also specific to the expression of faith within the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada. These distinctives profoundly influence the expression of Christian faith within the college and the content of our teaching in related courses. We recognize and respect these distinctives:
That the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative written Word of God.
In the eternal existence of one true God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In the Savior of men, the Lord Jesus Christ, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man.
In the creation, test and fall of man, as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness.
That forgiveness of sin and eternal life is freely offered to all by our Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation of sinners is by grace through faith alone, in the perfect all-sufficient work of Christ, who died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day for our justification.
In water baptism of believers by immersion in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the baptism with the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation with the scriptural evidence; namely, speaking in tongues.
In the gifts of the Holy Spirit as enumerated in the book of Acts and the Epistles.
In the Lord’s table as a memorial for believers.
In divine healing as practiced throughout the New Testament.
In the eternal life of the believer and the eternal punishment of the unbeliever.
In the Spirit-filled life. The Holy Spirit is the catalyst for sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in the believer’s life as his or her mind is renewed and is conformed to the image of Christ.
In the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church.
In the sanctity of marriage, as a life long exclusive commitment between one man and one woman.
We proudly work alongside the following organizations:
Eston College is the training centre of the Apostolic Church of Pentecost of Canada, Inc., with its head office in Calgary, Alberta. The President of this organization is appointed to the Board of Directors. Many of our students and graduates come from this fellowship and many find avenues of service within it. Since all are warmly welcomed to study at Eston College, students come from numerous other churches and church organizations.
Eston College is fully accredited with The Association for Biblical Higher Education (formerly known as the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges).
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada. It gathers Evangelicals together to dialogue, to equip and to partner for greater effectiveness in ministry and public witness.
Eston College is a current subscriber to the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. It has met the nine standards for financial accountability and has been granted the privilege of displaying the CCCC seal.
In today's world most Christians don't give enough time to mature in Christ. Eston College is like a greenhouse for spiritual growth. Our weekly schedule includes classroom time and a variety of activities designed to foster a better walk with Christ. We also provide an environment where habits necessary to faithfully and effectively thrive as a follower of Jesus can be developed.
Learning Beyond Books
At Eston College we value the study of God's word, but we believe that learning happens best when people have a chance to put into practice what they study. For this reason, we have a variety of learning tracks designed to serve each and every student. Our educational model requires our teachers to do more than just lecture. Every class includes interactive components, group work, and practical assignments. As well, all of our tracks have a travelling component to ensure there are plenty of opportunities to practice living out faith in Christ.
Make Lifelong Friends
At Eston College, we believe that you grow stronger in your relationship with Christ if you are in a community of like-minded believers. Because we are an urban school, our students not only study together, but worship, pray, eat, and live together, which creates the potential for lifelong friendships. Many of our alumni say that their best friends well into adult life are people they went to college with.
We know that College is not inexpensive, but we believe it is a valuable part of any person's discipleship journey. At Eston College, we do our best to keep costs low and to provide bursaries and other incentives to help offset the expense.
Check out what our facilities look like!
A Greenhouse for Spiritual Growth
While studying at Eston College, each student understands that they are going to invest a significant amount of time and energy in cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And while a vibrant spiritual life cannot be legislated or forced, the leadership will gracefully encourage a life of maturity through reading the Word, prayer, service, community and accountability.
Growing in Christ-Likeness
Chapel is an essential component of spiritual growth, providing opportunities for corporate worship, fellowship, and edification. Chapels are scheduled to take place on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons.
Faith in Motion
The book of Acts records how the early Christians met daily to study God’s word, pray, serve, and eat together. At Eston College we strive to model our community after the Bible. During this time, we will take spiritual practices normally done in private and provide space to practice them publicly like the early church did. The long-term purpose of corporate spiritual practice is to train our habits so that Christian habits become instinctual and students keep practicing these things after leaving Bible College.
Floor Meetings are meetings purposed to spend time with those living on your floor and usually last about one hour. Students gather in their residences for a time of sharing, prayer and fellowship.
Staff and faculty members of Eston College develop a deep love and concern for each student and make themselves available for informal, confidential, personal, and spiritual advice. One of the advantages of being a small college is that it provides opportunities for staff and students to become acquainted on a more personal level. If there are issues beyond the expertise of college personnel, the student is referred to a professional counselor or physician.
Resident Directors serve as interns and oversee the well-being of student life. Resident Assistants are chosen by the Student Services Department and are responsible to ensure each student's needs are being met.
"Spur one another toward love..."
Following Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength is easier when you are surrounded by other people who are just as passionate about God as you are. At Eston College, friendships unfold quickly simply because you do almost everything together with other followers of Christ!
Every new on-campus student is assigned a roommate who will help you grow in your faith. Living in the same dorm as other brothers and sisters in Christ is like being in a discipleship pressure-cooker. You can't help but mature as one of you sharpens the other. Married students normally live off campus. Requests for alternate housing arrangements for students 25 or older are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Our cook provides a wide variety of menu items and knows how to make food that appeals to every appetite. A meal in our cozy cafeteria is almost like having a meal at home.
Eston college provides various ways and places for you to get to know your peers. These include a recreation room with pool table, ping pong, foosball, and tons of board games, as well as a student lounge with couches and a toasty-warm fire place. The SRC provides a variety of events throughout the college year, as well as a regular sports night. The WAT Cafe provides snacks and beverages including specialty coffees, with proceeds going towards student mission trips.
Another easy way to make friends is during class when working together on group projects. The library is another place where you can work together. Study groups in the dorms and dynamic classroom discussions also provide times for building lifelong friends.