Trinity Western University


Campus Chapel

Naturally the “heart” would be built first. For the first two years the chapel building served as library and classroom in addition to chapel.
Calvin B. Hanson. On the Raw Edge of Faith, p. 102

Vancouver-based architect Will Wilding designed the building, while contractor Henry Hiebert, of Hub Construction, carried out his vision.

Wilding recalls his reaction when David Enarson contacted him about designing the chapel for this new upstart liberal arts college: “It was very invigorating. Here was this vast incredible vision that I was being drawn into, to participate in architecturally as well as prayerfully... It was sort of like being with men who were like Abraham and were saying ‘here’s where we are going to build our altar and glorify and worship the Lord.’ It was that kind of sense of the eternal that was stamped on it.”
After hearing their vision, Wilding set to designing the structure. His inspiration came from a desire to see it represent open hands not only receiving from the Lord, but also giving back to the Lord. He knew that the students who were educated within its walls would be that gift.
Cnossen, Jody, “Architect recalls heartbeat of campus.” Alumni Relations Department of Trinity Western University, ca. 2004.
See also Chapel As Found Report, 2008 – [TWU Archives: F 42 B 8 File 19]

A dedication ceremony was held in October, 1962, just weeks after classes began, and during the annual EFCA Ministerial Institute which Trinity hosted that year.
Evangelical Beacon, November 20, 1962, p. 3 [TWU Archives: F 8 B 1 File 53]

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    Taking Shape

    Chapel under construction, 1962.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3674]

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    Two students standing in front of the newly completed Chapel, ca. 1962.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-0693]

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    Rear Wall

    Photograph of the Chapel’s distinctive stone wall, 197-.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-3692]

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    Gathered Together

    Faculty, Staff, and Students assembled in the Chapel, ca. 1964.

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    [TWU Archives: 1998-01-5015]

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    Elevations and Horizontal Sections: Chapel Library Building: Trinity College. R. William Wilding, Architect, January 1962.
    Copy provided in PDF format by MDM Construction Co. Ltd.

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    [TWU Archives has pdf copies only]

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