Trinity Western University

1956

Fosmark's vision

Carl Fosmark was born in Litchville, North Dakota in 1900. Six years later, his family moved to a small community in Alberta. It was there that they became Christians through the ministry of an Evangelical Free Church preacher. “On the twenty-ninth day of March 1917,” Fosmark later recalled, “I accepted the Lord as my Saviour.”

From 1928 to 1933 Fosmark was pastor of the Enchant, Alberta Evangelical Free Church - the first Free Church founded in Canada, in 1917.

He served as the EFCC District Superintendent for the Canadian Prairie and Pacific Districts from 1952 to 1957, continuing to serve the Prairie District until 1967.

In the late 1950s. Fosmark was appointed to the EFCA’s School for Canada Committee. He had a clear and specific vision for the school.
Oral History Interview, 1983 (see below)

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    Carl Fosmark

    Carl Fosmark in 1983

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3906]

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    First Free Church in Canada

    Evangelical Free Church at Enchant, Alberta in 1952

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3549]

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    In His Own Words ...

    Fosmark felt strongly that the EFCA should establish a Christian college in Canada, as there were already several good Bible schools in the country.

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    [TWU Archives: Oral History Collection Aud 223; transcript of this 1983 interview with Carl Fosmark available online.]

    Carl Fosmark: … [20:10] while I was district superintendent - that’s when I was invited to join this, group here, this committee that was, had the responsibility of establishing this school.

    Interviewer: - In Canada.

    Carl Fosmark: In Canada, yes. Trinity Western, or, we called it Trinity Junior College for the first few years. …  While I was on that committee, we were, one of the things that we had to decide was, what kind of school are we talking about, or should we be talking about? Well you know one of those sessions, one of those trips out here I was all steamed up over the fact that I was going to try to convince our committee that we should establish a college and not some Bible school. See, there were other Bible schools; one in – Caronport and one in Three Hills and, and so on, so and, and that which got me all steamed up was the fact that I had come home from our conference, I think in Winona Lake, and I stopped off at a certain service station in Saskatchewan right by that school, there, at Briercrest.  And a young fellow getting his car greased … and I knew him, so talking to him, he says, “I, I hear that you folks are going to start a school in, in, Canada.” "Well," I said, “we’re talking about it.” And so he says, “Well I hope, I hope it will be a college, a Christian college.” (people talking in background)

    And then he said that we had a young fellow here who took his four years of college, or his, no his high school--and then his four yea-, three years of Bible school and then he went off to Saskatoon to the new university there to continue his education and, he wasn’t there very many months before he lost his faith completely.

    And so he says, that I could see the need of a Christian college and so – that’s how I came, when I came, I got all steamed up over this idea, we got to have a college, we, we, no need to fool around with anything else, and you know that’s just what, what happened.

    I was glad that I at least could have that much to say on that committee…

    Interviewer: Did you find that the rest of the committee was –?

    Carl Fosmark: Oh yes, and then, and then after, when I told my story why then they, they could see, they could see that my, that that’s what we should do –

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