Horizon College is Moving!
In 2020 Horizon will be moving to a brand-new facility, debt-and mortgage-free, investing our equity as the first major installment of an endowment fund to grow as a source of sustainable revenue in order to help our college thrive into the indefinite future. Read more of the story in this Special Report >
Where is the new location?
We’ll be located on Attridge Drive, immediately next to Forest Grove Community Church. See here on Google Earth. It’s a prime location just off a major Saskatoon artery but backing onto a residential area, similar to where we are now. It’s near multiple amenities (restaurants, grocery, shopping, etc.), two high schools, several churches, and in 2019 will be on the corner of a major transportation hub going in on Attridge and Berini.
Will there be residence?
The developer is building an 11-storey condominium next to the college. Some Horizon supporters are purchasing units for student use. If you are interested in being part of this investment, please contact us!
When will you break ground?
Ground-breaking is planned for spring 2019.
When will you move in?
We’re planning to move in for the summer of 2020. The condo units won’t be complete until 2021.
Will you stay at Jackson Avenue until you relocate?
Yes, we’re able to keep operating from our current facility until the new building is complete.
Who are the denominational partners?
Officially, we’ve partnered with the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary to allow for MB-distinct programming.
We are also working to finalize arrangements with the Midwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and Ambrose University to enable C&MA-distinct programming, and are hoping to have concluded arrangements with at least two other denominations by fall.
The partners we are speaking with all come from the Anabaptist, Holiness, and Pentecostal Christian ethos, doctrinally subscribe to the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s statement of faith, and share traditional views of marriage and morality.
How does partnership work?
Horizon provides a core, competency-based curriculum. Denominational partners are responsible to supplement that curriculum with their own courses and material, meeting their own denominational and credential standards, but also meeting Horizon’s accreditation and academic standards.
Denominational partners are responsible to cover all expenses associated with their own courses (instructor salary, travel, accommodation, etc.). Horizon provides educational infrastructure (classroom, office, internet, etc.). Partners receive the tuition from their own courses, less an administrative fee to Horizon.
How are denominational distinctives preserved?
Denominations determine what’s important for them to preserve and ensure that’s part of their program. Additionally, Horizon will help place students in denominationally-approved ministry contexts for their ministry practicums and internships, reinforcing denominational training and culture. For example, a PAOC student will have programming that meets all PAOC credential requirements and serve in PAOC-approved ministry contexts to emerge ready to serve in a PAOC ministry.
How does governance work?
Each denominational partner is in charge of its own denominational stream and is accountable to its own denominational and governing bodies. Horizon College & Seminary is the governing body legally registered to grant degrees in Saskatchewan, and is the institution accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education. As such, denominational streams must conform to Horizon’s standards and ultimately be approved by Horizon College & Seminary.
- The oldest Pentecostal college in Canada
- The first Pentecostal seminary in Canada, partnered with Lutheran Theological Seminary, University of Saskatchewan
- The first accredited Pentecostal college in Canada
- The first Pentecostal college to offer degrees
- The first undergraduate Affiliate college of the University of Saskatchewan
- Pioneer of a distinct 8-month internship, with commendations from our accreditors
- Innovator of a unique timetable structure combining terms and modules
- The first theological college in Canada to introduce competency-based education
- One of only five historic Bible colleges still operating in Saskatchewan
Pictured, Elaine (Letkeman) King with little sister, Maureen, and father John Letkeman.
A Child Remembers Central Pentecostal College’s Move to Jackson
Elaine King (née Letkeman)
My parents were working at CPC during this transition. My Dad was the custodian and my mom was part-time cook in the kitchen. My Dad drove the students back and forth each day on a school bus as the classes were held at Jackson Avenue even though the students lived on Idylwyld.
I have been told many times about moving day. My Dad literally moved everyone over on the school bus with multiple trips back and forth across the city. I was in school at Caswell Hill school but I wasn’t allowed to cross Idylwyld Drive by myself because I was too young. The agreement on that particular day was that Dad would pick me up after school.
In the craziness of the move, Dad forgot about me. And so I sat outside the school for some time. I don’t remember being upset at all and eventually Dad did come and get me. He feels bad about it to this day but I wasn’t traumatized at all. (I vaguely remember that supper that day was served in the library…)
Our family had lived in a tiny suite in the college on Idylwyld and were excited to move into this brand new, larger suite in the Jackson Avenue building. After moving everyone else, at the end of the day, my parents still had to move their own belongings, or at least enough to get by for a bit. Mrs. Schindel, wife of then president, Alvin Schindel, offered to get my younger sister and me ready for bed. As we didn’t have our own belongings moved yet, she lent me a pair of pyjamas that belonged to her daughter Joanne who is a few years older than me. I remember being tucked into bed in the Schindel home. Whether we stayed there all night or my parents took us home later, I don’t recall.
There was a great sense of excitement in this whole transition. The students were thrilled to be moving into this brand new dormitory with everything more modern than they had in the Idylwyld location. Even the academic wing, although not brand new, was much better than they’d had before. There may have even been some students who came so they could be the first ones to live and study in the “new college”. I think it was for this reason that the move was made during the academic year rather than waiting for the summer break.
Former Student and Current Faculty Remembers the Move to Jackson
Dr. Ron Kadyschuk
Alvin Schindel was a strategic leader. We started classes at the Lutheran seminary property in Fall 1968 but still lived at Avenue A while the new residence was being built. So every morning we rode a yellow school bus to 8th Street and had a raucous time singing and behaving like children, then returned every afternoon to Avenue A for the night.
By March 1969 it was evident that the new residence would not be fully complete before end of school term. But Alvin Schindel was a strategic leader. He knew that 60 ‘slave’ labourers in April was greatly preferable to moving out of Avenue A in May or June when students were all gone. So we joyously bought into the vision that making the move was ‘good for us’ that we would have the privilege of sleeping at least for two weeks in the new residence. And that’s what happened. It wasn’t until years later that the ‘back story’ dawned on many of us which only added to the stature of the memory.
Ron Kadyschuk, CPC Class President and Valedictorian, 1969
Dr Ron Kadyschuk, Professor of Pastoral Studies and Dean of Seminary
What are your memories of Jackson Ave?
One thing I especially liked about living in dorm was that I didn’t have to go outside to get to classes. This was especially nice in the winter!
I graduated from the One-Year Program (Central Pentecostal College) in the spring of 1980.Lorie (Young) Matchett
When I was little, my mom was working as the business administrator at CPC. When my brother and I had days off school, she would often bring us to work with her. We would get special snacks that she didn’t normally buy and she would set us up in the then chapel (now the student life centre) with a TV on a cart and several movies from the library. If we got there early enough we would get to go down to the dining hall for cinnamon buns (I still swear those were the best cinnamon buns I’ve ever had). Mom always says the students loved having us around, and of course we loved hanging out with them or with the office staff. It made CPC feel a little like home, which has continued on to this day!Kiersten Andreae
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Watch for more information on our moves and trips down memory lane!