Pacific Life Bible College formed when two long-standing colleges in BC, Pacific Bible College and LIFE Bible College of Canada, came together.
LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE OF CANADA
Founded in 1928 in the heart of Vancouver, LIFE Canada began developing ministers and leaders primarily for Foursquare Churches in Canada. The College operated out of various church basements and facilities in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. Lacking the space for student dormitories, LIFE decentralized its programs of study through a network of affiliated church institutes, known as LIFEline. Other innovations, including Independent Studies Courses, Leader’s Track and Degree Upgrade provided appealing options for mature students who were unable to uproot and move to a campus. However, the need for a campus residence and program suited to young adults became a driving goal for LIFE heading into the new millennium.
PACIFIC BIBLE COLLEGE
Pacific Bible College grew out of an inner-city ministry of Open Bible Chapel in Vancouver. They saw a need for young men and women to be established in lifestyles based on God’s Word. The first classes began in October, 1972, with 35 students and seven teachers. A church basement was used for classrooms and old houses as dormitories. When the Vancouver facilities of the College were expropriated in 1978, after much prayer and deliberation, Pacific Bible College joined with Bible Fellowship Missionary Society in Surrey. In 1979, Bible Fellowship purchased the Surrey facilities of Vancouver Bible College, which closed in 1977. Pacific Bible College became known for its campus environment and programming options for young people, such as the one-year LifeLaunch discipleship program.
PACIFIC LIFE BIBLE COLLEGE FORMS
In 1997, these two colleges, with a common purpose and complementary strengths, joined forces to form Pacific Life Bible College, a recognized college of the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada. Rob Buzza, president of LIFE, was appointed president, and Dennis Hixson, president of Pacific Bible College, was appointed Vice President. In July 2013, PLBC’s Rob Buzza concluded his service, and Dennis Hixson was appointed acting president and confirmed as PLBC’s second president in February 2014. He committed to lead the college toward accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
CHRIST COLLEGE JOINS PLBC
Christ For The Nations (Canada) opened in September 1989 with thirteen students, all of whom graduated its first year. The one-year discipleship program was modeled after the Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and programs were added as the college grew. In 1999, Gerald Nussbaum was appointed CFN’s second president and for the next fourteen years the college expanded its curriculum. The college was granted a provincial charter to offer theological degrees in 2006, and in 2012 the college attained applicant status with ABHE and changed its name to Christ College. Shortly after Dennis Hixson was appointed PLBC’s second president, Christ College joined PLBC. Sharing PLBC’s vision for equipping leaders for the local church and the Body of Christ, most of Christ College’s faculty and students joined PLBC.
1928 – LIFE Bible College of Canada begins classes as a ministry of the Foursquare Gospel Church of Canada.
1972 – Pacific Bible College begins classes as a ministry of Open Bible Chapel.
1978 – Pacific Bible College moves to Surrey and affiliates with Bible Fellowship.
1979 – Pacific Bible College purchases the facilities of Vancouver Bible College in Surrey.
1985 – Pacific Bible College receives a provincial charter to grant theological degrees.
1989 – Christ For The Nations opens, offering a one-year discipleship program.
1997 – Pacific Bible College and LIFE Bible College of Canada merge to form Pacific Life Bible College. 2006 – Christ For The Nations receives a provincial charter to grant theological degrees.
2012 – Christ For The Nations receives applicant status with ABHE and changes its name to Christ College.
2013 – PLBC’s first president Rob Buzza concludes his service and Dennis Hixson is appointed acting president.
2014 – Dennis Hixson is appointed PLBC’s second president, ABHE grants applicant status to PLBC, and Christ College joins PLBC.
2014 – PLBC receives Applicant Status with ABHE
2015 – PLBC receives EQA designation from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education
2016 – PLBC’s Second president Dennis Hixson concludes his service and Gerald Nussbaum is appointed acting president.