Steeped in tradition since 1925


The vision of Rev. H.L. Turner, Providence (then known as Winnipeg Bible Training School) was founded on January 4, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rev. Turner dreamed of training, "Christian workers for service in voluntary or official positions in the Church, Sunday school, or the mission field at home or abroad".

Left: First Campus at 580 Spence St. Winnipeg, MB in 1925

Right: Rev. H. L. Turner, Founder


The name was changed in 1929 to Winnipeg Bible Institute and over the next forty-five years it remained a small but academically vibrant school.

As early as 1931, President Simon Forsberg, stated that “academic excellence and spiritual vitality should go hand in hand”. He envisioned strengthening the school through the addition of liberal arts and this vision continues. The school received a provincial charter to grant theological degrees in 1948 and was renamed Winnipeg Bible Institute and College of Theology. In 1964, the college was given full degree-granting status and was again re-named, this time to Winnipeg Bible College, a name it retained until 1991.

2 Evergreen Place, Winnipeg, MB Home of Winnipeg Bible Institute for twenty two years.


In 1970, Winnipeg Bible College faced a financial and enrolment crisis. The building it was occupying in Winnipeg was slated for destruction and the school needed a new home. That new home turned out to be St. Joseph's College, a Roman Catholic high school in Otterburne which had been closed a few years previously. Under the leadership of President Ken Hanna, the college moved there in the fall of 1970 with seventy students enrolled for classes. Within a few years the school had grown to three hundred full-time students.

Otterburne Campus in the 1930's (then St. Joseph's College), home of Winnipeg Bible College in 1970.


In 1972 a long-time dream became reality with the formation of a graduate division, called Winnipeg Theological Seminary in 1974 and now named Providence Theological Seminary. The Seminary began in efforts to meet the need for evangelical graduate ministry training in Canada.

In 1991, under the leadership of President William Eichhorst, in an effort to more accurately represent both its theological roots and its broad academic program, the institution's name was changed to Providence College and Theological Seminary. More liberal arts courses were added to the College and a transferability arrangement was achieved with the University of Manitoba. In 2011 the Manitoba legislature passed Bill 301, which allowed the institutional name to be changed to Providence University College & Theological Seminary. Providence Theological Seminary was fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada to offer the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees.  In recent years, ATS has given full approval to the addition of the Doctor of Ministry program offered in the Seminary.

At present, the majority of our University College courses are transferable to public university programs across Canada and beyond. In 2010 the Senate of the University of Manitoba approved Providence College degrees for entrance into post-baccalaureate (M.A. and B.Ed.) programs on par with other universities in Canada. Since 2000, Providence Seminary has offered an extension program in counselling in Calgary, Alberta. 

In June 2011 the Manitoba legislature passed Bill 301, the Providence College and Theological Seminary Incorporation Amendment Act, which adds the term University after Providence, changing the institutional name to Providence University College & Theological Seminary. This clarified what the undergraduate institution is:  A Christian University offering Bachelor of Arts degrees according to the standards of other Canadian universities.


Then in the fall of 2013 Providence unveiled a third school, Mile Two Discipleship School; an eight-month discipleship school that focuses on biblical study, experiential learning, and seeking God. Mile Two seeks to develop disciples of Jesus who are compassionate, self-sacrificing and absolutely committed to pursuing Jesus in every area of life.  Mile Two Discipleship School classes and programs officially began in September 2014.


Providence is steeped in tradition and history, and the name itself speaks of God’s provision for the institution over its ninety years of educating. Our vision is to help students become difference-makers in churches, neighbourhoods, and the professional world. We recognize that faith is a journey and we will facilitate its exploration through community life, diversity of thought and an education of the highest academic standards. We are Providence, and God has called us here.



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Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada, R0A 1G0
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