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Canada Christian College

Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies
TypeBible college
FounderElmer S. McVety
AffiliationEvangelical Christian
PresidentCharles McVety
Academic staff
300 Water Street
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ColoursRed & black

Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies, commonly shortened to Canada Christian College, is an Evangelical Christian Bible college located in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Its president since 1993 has been Charles McVety, son of founder Elmer S. McVety. It has had "over 6000" graduates since its founding.[1]


Canada Christian College's mission is to educate and empower students with the skills, knowledge and spiritual foundation required to become effective ministers of the gospel and to achieve personal and business success. It offers Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate Degree Programs. It offers programs in Korean Theological Studies; English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).[1]


The College was founded in 1967 under the name Richmond College as a Christian liberal arts college under the leadership of Dr. Elmer McVety and Canadian evangelist John Wesley White. Hugh White (brother of John) served as the first dean. In 1974, the institution launched a theology program with the name "Canada Christian College". Non-theological (liberal arts) programs of the college were discontinued when Richmond College closed in 1981, with student records assigned to Trinity Western University, Langley, BC. In 1982, the Ontario Ministry of Education revoked the right of Canada Christian College to grant degrees. The College continued to issue degrees under the authority of their Manitoba charter until 1999.[2] Charles McVety took over leadership of the college in 1993.[3] In 1998, the Ontario government tried to take over[according to whom?] the College's curriculum, faculty and confessions. McVety claimed that his response was to "[tell] them to take a long walk on a short pier and get lost."[3] In 1999, Frank Klees introduced a successful motion in the Ontario legislature granting degree-granting authority to the college.[3]

Relations with the Jewish community

In 1991, the College was the subject of complaints by the Canadian Jewish Congress for its plans to have a "Jewish studies" department which, it was alleged, would teaching classes meant to train students to convert Jews to Christianity. Bernie Farber of the CJC said of the college "We will take on any group whose aim is to destroy Judaism, philosophically, spiritually or directly." Rev. Malvern Jacobs and Rev. Edward Brotsky were the dean and vice-dean of the new department and were described as messianic Jews.[4] Jacobs later served as dean of Canada Christian College.[5]

In 1998, in response to concerns by the Canadian Jewish Congress, Canada Christian College closed its Jewish Studies Department and dropped classes aimed at training Christians to convert Jews. McVety told Canadian Jewish News at the time "We want to make it very clear that the Canada Christian College does not approve of or engage in any process to convert Jews to Christianity."[6] In 2003, McVety joined with B'nai Brith to participate in its countermissionary campaign and voiced his opposition to groups such as Jews for Jesus.[7] "As a committed Christian I support the idea of preaching Christianity, but preaching Christianity under the guise of Judaism to those who are in fact seeking Judaism, is plainly wrong," said McVety.[8]

In 2008, Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B'nai Brith Canada, was appointed the Chair of the newly inaugurated Department of Modern Israel Studies; he was promoted to dean in 2015.[9]

Relations with the Muslim community

In 2011, Canada Christian College invited and hosted Geert Wilders, an anti-Islam politician[10] who has called for the banning of the Koran.[11] Charles McVety, president of the Canada Christian College, said,

Islam is not just a religion, it's a political and cultural system as well and we know that Christians, Jews and Hindus don't have the same mandate for a hostile takeover.[10]

The Toronto Muslim community rejected the above comment, stating they had no intention of any hostile takeover. The North American Muslim Foundation said that "Wilders and his allies" will only heighten religious and cultural tensions.[10] Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations also expressed concern at the remarks made by McVety, and asked politicians to condemn Wilders' anti-Muslim views.[11]


The college is an accredited private degree-granting institution listed by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Several evangelical leaders have received Honorary Degrees from the college including: John Hagee, T.D. Jakes, Jack Van Impe and Robert McGhee.

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Marci (December 5, 2006). "Stephen Harper and the Theo-cons". The Walrus. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved December 5, 2006.
  3. ^ McAteer, Michael, "Jews question status of college", Toronto Star, November 30, 1991
  4. ^ van Rijn, Nicolaas, "Jewish cemetery refuses educator's body --- Man rejected because he abandoned faith, rabbis' council rules", Toronto Star, June 28, 1999
  5. ^ Lowes, Carol "Jews for Jesus campaign exposes growing tensions", Christian Week, September 30, 2003
  6. ^ Scrivener, Leslie, "Jewish leaders take on evangelical promoters; Vow opposition to Jews for Jesus 'Fighting them on street corners'", Toronto Star, August 24, 2003
  7. ^ "Jewish and Christian leaders launch countermissionary campaign", Jerusalem Post, August 28, 2003
  8. ^ "A Word from the Dean". Canada Christian College. Canada Christian College. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Jessica Hume, Anti-Islamic political leader Geert Wilders comes to Canada, National Post, May 5, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Ask Federal Leaders to Condemn Anti-Muslim Views of Visiting Politician Geert Wilders Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, CAIR-CAN, May 6, 2011.

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