Trinity Western University purchases Northwest Baptist building and property

Langley, British Columbia—Trinity Western University and Northwest Baptist Seminary announced that an agreement has been reached for Trinity Western University to purchase the Northwest Baptist Theological College property adjacent to the TWU campus. Both Boards affirmed their approval of the sale agreement on December 15, 2000.

Northwest moved its operations to this site, adjacent to the University, in 1989, operating both undergraduate and graduate educational programs. The recent sale resulted after Northwest and its constituency decided to discontinue its undergraduate program and refocus its energies and vision on the graduate theological school, Northwest Baptist Seminary. The seminary looks forward to a continuing relationship with the University through its participation in the Associated Canadian Theological Schools.

Northwest is pleased that the property and building will continue to be used for educating future leaders. “We believe that this is a positive outcome,” says Northwest president Larry Perkins, PhD. “We anticipate that those who gave toward the building’s establishment will be pleased to see it used as part of the ongoing mission of the University -- to train leaders from a Christian perspective.”

“For TWU, the acquisition comes at a very important time,” says Guy Saffold, EdD, the University’s executive vice president. “The University has urgent needs for additional capacity for residences, educational functions and offices.”

The property is a little more than four acres in size and the building is 52,000 square feet, encompassing residences, cafeteria, classrooms and offices. Some immediate uses will include the University's new School of Business, Global Mediated Learning Centre, and for undergraduate student housing. TWU anticipates undertaking some renovations before the building will meet the needs of the University's longer term programming.

"Together we are thankful for the many people who have helped us reach this agreement and thankful to God for His providential work among us," says Saffold. “We are especially pleased with the opportunity to continue working together with Northwest in the future.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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