Our History

Founded in 1946

Vanguard College was founded in 1946, known as Canadian Northwest Bible Institute (CNBI), the vision of D.N. Buntain; the first class enrolled forty students and employed six part-time staff. Classes were held in the original Central Pentecostal Tabernacle building in Edmonton, located on 108 Street. The only program available at that time was a three year Bible diploma program.

Northwest Bible College

CNBI was renamed Northwest Bible College (NBC) in 1965. The college continued to use the facilities of Central Pentecostal Tabernacle when they relocated to 116 St and 106 Ave until 2004 when Northwest Bible College became Vanguard College and purchase a facility of its own, the beautifully restored H.A. Gray School on 121 Ave and 103 St.

Dates In History

Some other interesting points in Vanguard’s history would be 1981 when the first 1-year certificate was offered, 1986 when the first Bachelor of Theology degree was granted, and 1989 when our first one-year discipleship programs were created (HMS). In 1999 a sister campus was opened in Calgary which was later closed in 2006.  The accrediting process began in 1983, under the leadership of President Marvin Dynna.  Full accreditation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education was achieved in 2001 under the leadership of President Gerry Johnson.

In 2004 the college started offering a four year Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology, replacing the old Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degrees.  That same year, President Stephen Hertzog ushered in a new chapter in the life of Northwest Bible College as a resolution to change the name of the College from Northwest Bible College to Vanguard College was passed.  

In 2011, Shepherd’s Care Vanguard, a state-of-the-art seniors residence, opened and as a side benefit now provides cafeteria services to Vanguard students.


In 2002 the distance learning component of Vanguard was birthed.  International Biblical Online Leadership Training (IBOLT) is a separate entity but a definite compliment to the college.  Enrolment for IBOLT has tripled in the last few years as it offers online study options to students all across Canada, the US and various countries around the world.

Vanguard Today

Vanguard College continues to develop innovative, Spirit-filled leaders with over 230 students studying full-time, more than twenty full time staff and faculty, as well as numerous adjunct faculty and part-time staff. Students today can choose from a variety of one through four-year programs in a variety of disciplines in order to prepare themselves for ministry.