Mission, Vision, and History

King's Mission

The King’s University exists to provide university education that inspires and equips learners to bring renewal and reconciliation to every walk of life as followers of Jesus Christ, the Servant-King.

King's Vision

To be serve widely as a Christian university that helps to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

History of The King's University

  • 2015 - King's name officially changed by act of Alberta Legislature

    Delegation from King's University at the Alberta Legislature.
    Delegation from King's attends final reading of bill allowing King's to change it's name from college to university.

    In 2015, Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, Dave Hancock grants permission for The King's University to change its name from "university college" to "university." On November 27, the Alberta Legislature reads the Private Bill presenting the name change and on December 9, The King's University College formally becomes 'The King's University.'

  • 2014 - Leder School of Business founded

    Donors and supporters attending the launch event of Canada's newest Christian business school.
    Ribbon cutting ceremony at The King's University - September 25, 2014.

    King's existing business program receives a massive $12 million dollar funding boost thanks to record breaking donations from the Leder Charitable Foundation, Jim and Magda Dykstra Family,Ralph J and Jane Bruinsma Family, and Fred Johannesen Family.

    The donations allow the newly minted "Leder School of Business" to offer new program streams in global learning, entrepreneurship, sustainability, accounting, and distance learning, along side with the development of a new applied learning centre, a brand new marketing and recruitment strategy and more - all with Christian values at their core.

  • 2013 - Inauguration of fourth president

    The King's University's past and current presidents
    President Dr. Melanie Humphreys with previous presidents Fernhout (left) Van Andel (centre left) and DeWall (right)

    King's fourth president, Dr. Melanie J. Humphreys, is inaugurated.

    Dr. Melanie J Humphreys, President (2013 - )

    Dr. Melanie J. Humphreys serves as the fourth president of The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta. 

    Dr. Melanie J. Humphreys served as Dean of Student Care & Services at Wheaton College, and her areas of responsibility included academic and disability services, a medical and travel clinic complete with lab and pharmacy, a counseling center, and career services. Humphreys joined Wheaton College in 2009 after serving for 10 years as Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students at LCC International University (LCC) in Lithuania, Eastern Europe. Humphreys contributed to a UNESCO project that defines the role of international student affairs around the world. 

    Humphreys earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Trinity Western University, and earned her Ph.D. in higher education from Azusa Pacific University. While completing her doctoral studies, Humphreys taught for Azusa Pacific University’s Masters of Arts in Global Leadership program. Humphreys taught in Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

    Humphreys was born in Dawson Creek and grew up in the greater Vancouver area. She had been to all the provinces and territories until the creation of Nunavut. She has lived in four countries and has travelled in 50.

  • 2013 - Historic agreement signed with Newman Theological College

    Vice President Academic Hank Bestman signing historical agreement with Newman Theological College

    King’s signs a historic agreement with Newman Theological College in the Spring of 2013. The agreement allows students of King's Bachelor of Education program to take the religious education courses necessary for continuous contracts with the Edmonton Catholic School District at Newman after graduating.

  • 2011 - Environmental Studies program first in nation accredited by Eco Canada.

    Eco (Environmental Careers Organization) Canada Logo

    The King’s Environmental Studies (ENVS) Program is granted professional accreditation from Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada, the certifying body of the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC). This professional accreditation is in addition to the academic accreditation already granted by the Campus Alberta Quality Council.

    King’s is the first post-secondary institution in Canada to receive professional recognition for an environmental studies program that includes BA and B.Sc. degrees.

  • 2007 - Micah Centre Launched

    Micah Centre for Social Justice Logo

    King's Micah Centre for Social Justice is formed thanks to a grant from the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. The centre takes over management of the existing Honduras Water Project and adds new global learning opportunities and local justice initiative involvement.

  • 2006 - North Academic Building Opens

    Completed North Academic Building at The King's University.

    After a massive community fundraising initiative, the North Academic Building is opened, adding over 20 new classrooms, multiple board rooms, a new lecture theatre, drama workshop, costume room and green room, several new office spaces, spacious atrium and more.

  • 2005 - Inauguration of third president

    President Harry Fernhout inauguration. Photo with family after installation ceremony

    Dr. Harry Fernhout is inaugurated as King's third president.

    Dr. J. Harry Fernhout, President (2005-2013)

    Dr. Harry Fernhout came to King’s from the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in Toronto as their acting President. He received a master’s degree in Philosophy from ICS and his doctorate in Philosophy of Education from the University of Toronto.

    During his eight years, Dr. Fernhout oversaw the development of a strategic plan, clarified the mission and vision of the institution, and nurtured a positive relationship with senior leadership, faculty, staff, and students. He was a persuasive spokesman for independent academic institutions with government officials in Alberta, and he worked with a variety of community and educational organizations.

    Dr. Fernhout retired from King’s in 2013 and moved back to Ontario to be closer to children and grandchildren.

  • 2000 - Bachelor of Commerce program launched

  • 1993 - First permanent campus established

    Old campus map highlighting were the new additions will be built

    King's purchases the Capilano Motor Inn, Alberta Liquor Control Commission building, and surrounding grounds in 1989 and conducts a massive retrofit of the existing structure. A new science wing, fine arts wing, library, and gymnasium are added.

    The building is dedicated in September 1993, and opens its doors to a record 450 students.

  • 1987 - King's afforded degree granting authority by Alberta government

    First four bachelor program graduates of King's
    First bachelor program graduates of The King's University.

    King's is granted the right to offer its first accredited degree: a three-year Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in a number of disciplines. For the first time, 4 students receive a degree upon graduation. Prior to 1987, students could graduate with a diploma or certificate from King's or transfer to the University of Alberta to complete their  bachelor's program. 

    In the years that follow, King's is afforded the opportunity to offer Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Education programs with numerous majors and concentrations in each degree type.

  • 1985 - Inauguration of second president

    President Hank Van Andel inauguration

    As further endorsement of the work happening at The King's College, the Alberta government provides King's with annual funding for the first time in it's history.

    Dr. Henk Van Andel is inaugurated as King's second president.

    Dr. Henk Van Andel, President (1985-2005)

    King’s longest serving president, Dr. Henk Van Andel, was a Professor of Physics at Univesitie de Montreal, where he had been teaching and doing research since 1970.  He had been very active in the advancement of Christian higher education in Canada.

    When Dr. Van Andel came to King’s, there were 125 students and 12 full-time faculty members. Under his guidance King’s became accredited, with three-year Bachelor of Arts degrees (1987), three-year Bachelor of Science degrees (1989), a Bachelor of Education after-degree (1995), and four-year degrees with various minors in Arts, Sciences, Commerce, and Music, in the early 2000s.

    Dr. Van Andel was instrumental in bringing King’s to its current location, moving away from rented facilities in 1993.  At the time of his retirement in 2005, King’s student population numbered 650, with 40 full-time faculty members.

  • 1985 - University begins receiving operating grants from provincial government

    As further endorsement of the work happening at The King's College, the Alberta government provides King's with annual funding for the first time in it's history.

  • 1983 - Affiliation agreement signed with the University of Alberta

    On November 2, King's signs an official affiliation agreement with the University of Alberta ensuring that the vast majority of courses at King's will transfer automatically to the U of A. The agreement allows King's students access to various U of A resources, such as the library and curriculum labs.

    This agreement will later lapse by mutual consent and be replaced by King's being listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide as both a 'sending' and 'receiving' institution.

  • 1981 - Rapid expansion, move to larger campus on 97 Street

    97 Street Campus
    View of King's 97 ST campus from the back. In view is the "Oyster" student centre, and campus bookstore

    Rapid growth forces King's to search for a new campus. The college moves to a new home on 97th street in time for the start of classes in September of 1981. By September 1983, student enrolment has doubled in little under 4 years.

  • 1979 - King's opens doors to students for first time, Inauguration of first president

    Gathering of King's community

    The Wawanesa Building in Edmonton is dedicated as the first home for The King's College and the first year of classes begin with 63 full-time students and 12 part time.

    King's first president, Rev. Sidney DeWaal, is inaugurated.

    Rev. Dr. Sidney DeWaal, President (1979 - 1983)

    In 1974, Rev. Dr. Sidney DeWaal was hired part-time as Director of College Development for the Association. On September 3, 1979, The King's College was officially opened, and Sidney DeWaal was formally installed as its first President. The Alberta Legislature approved The King's College Act on November 16, 1979, granting King’s a charter.

    With six new faculty members plus administrative staff, Dr. DeWaal guided King’s from being a ‘paper college’ to a functioning dynamic educational institution. Within two years the College moved from 108 Street downtown to a larger campus on 97 Street, where it remained till 1993.  

    President at King’s until 1985, Dr. DeWaal was later appointed Vice-President Academic and Dean of the Seminary of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. In 1993 he became President of Jerusalem University College. He returned to the ministry in 2004.

  • 1978 - Founding association votes to open college

    The old King's University office

    The Christian College Association Alberta overwhelmingly votes to proceed with opening 'The King's College' in September 1979. The campus will be comprised of rented space in the Wawanesa Insurance Building.

  • 1975 - Development of implementation master plan

    First logo and Academic Calendar cover
    First logo and Academic Calendar cover of The King's College

    In consultation with supporting communities, the CCAA works on and adopts a Master Development Plan to express the principles on which the College will be founded. Many new members join the Association.

  • 1972 - Creating a 'paper' university

    The Christian College Association begins conversations and debate regarding campus location. Conversations involve whether the university should be located in Southern or North Central Alberta, and whether the campus should be located in an urban or rural environment.

    Various development papers and strategic documents are formed, debated, and adopted. The King's College begins to take shape on paper.

  • 1970 - Incorporation of founding organization (CCAA)

    The initial brainstorming group incorporate under the name of the Christian College Association (Alberta.) The group drafts an initial constitution and statement of principles for the corporation and formulates a written expression of their vision for Christian higher education.

  • 1960s - Need for a Christian university in western Canada, identified

    Visionary men and women from diverse walks of life and various church affiliations see the need for a regional, trans-denominational, Christian college in Western Canada and brainstorm what this might look like.