New name for NB Bible college

February 16, 2012

Concerned that its graduates may face risks in some "restricted-access" Asian countries, Bethany Bible College has renamed itself Kingswood University in order to sustain its tradition of "bold evangelism" without explicit, titular reference to the Gospels. Mark Gorveatte, president of the Sussex, New Brunswick-based institution, says the new name recalls a seminal 1739 event in Wesleyan Church history in Kingswood, England, but also honours the New Brunswick county (Kings) where the institution is located, as well as one of the province's most important resources (wood). Gorveatte describes "Central Asia" as the region where Christian college credentials can raise alarms with local officials. "We've had graduates serving in humanitarian roles who've been questioned extensively -- they've not been restricted yet -- and it's our understanding they've been placed on watch lists because of having 'Bible College' in their diploma," he says. Kingswood U becomes New Brunswick's second religious university in recent years to rename itself. In 2009, Moncton-based Atlantic Baptist University announced it would become Crandall University to widen its appeal among prospective students. Postmedia News