Coat of Arms
His Honour, Mr. Robert G. Rogers, Lieutenant Governor of BC, representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, presented TWU’s official Coat of Arms to President Snider and the University community on February 25, 1987, during Founder’s Week.
The “grant of arms” made by Lord Lyon of the Royal College of Arms, in England, was received by Trinity on the 10th of December, 1986.
[TWU Archives: RNT - SF 5 B 2 File 5]
“A Mighty Fortress is our God”
Each element of Trinity Western’s coat of arms has historical, geographical or spiritual significance.
In the center the western sun of British Columbia is depicted surmounted by the triple cross representation of the Trinity. On one side stands a figure suggesting the frontiersman, Simon Fraser, who first explored this part of the country; on the other, the figure of a coastal Indian, early inhabitant of the land. At the very top, old Fort Langley flies the Hudson’s Bay Company flag… Prominent just under the Fort and framed by heraldic flourishes is a symbol of the sturdy helmet of salvation (see Ephesians 6:17).
The crest stands on a greensward strewn with dogwood blossoms, BC’s provincial flower… written in Latin, the ringing opening words of Martin Luther’s best-known hymn of faith: A Mighty Fortress is Our God.
Trinity Western World, April, 1985, vol. 8 no.1. [TWU Archives: Coll. 4 B 6 File 19]
Trinity’s first unofficial crest, a brass design attached to a heavy wooden base; the words on the banner read: To the praise of the glory of his grace.
[TWU Archives: 1998-01-3827]
Langley’s Miss Chamber of Commerce 1974, a Trinity student, standing next to a large wooden TWC crest on a parade float.
[TWU Archives: 1998-01-2113]
Lieutenant Governor Robert Rogers presenting Trinity’s official coat of arms to President Snider in the Chapel, 1987.
But What Does It Mean?
The Ensigns Armorial of Trinity Western University – description and meaning, ca. 1987.
[TWU Archives: F 4 B 15 File 29]
Official Coat of Arms
TWU’s official Coat of Arms. The original framed copy is housed in the University Archives.
Photographer: Mike Rathjen, University Communications, ca. 2006