In the late 1940s, the United Baptist Convention became concerned about the young people who were leaving Atlantic Canada for a Bible college education. In spite of the fact that the denomination had a University in Wolfville, NS, there was an area of Christian education which was not being covered. In 1949, the United Baptist Bible Training School was founded in Moncton as both a Bible college and a high school. For the next two decades, young people came from all over Atlantic Canada to study in a Christian context and to live in a Christian community.
Academic excellence very quickly became a hallmark of the new school, and many people gave sacrificially to expand the facilities and the programs. Dr. Myron Brinton left a successful pastorate to guide the fledgling institution for most of its first decade. His sense of family and Christian commitment set the stage for much of its tradition.
By 1968, the School was in transition as the emphasis changed to a post high school program. It became a Bible College and a Christian Junior Liberal Arts College. In 1970, the name was changed to Atlantic Baptist College to reflect the new programs. Throughout this period, the President, Dr. Stuart E. Murray, sought to build a strong faculty and to provide a broadened selection of courses.
In 1983, the New Brunswick Legislature passed a charter granting Atlantic Baptist College, the right to offer baccalaureate degrees. Over a decade later, in 1996, the original Act of the Legislature was amended to change the name to Atlantic Baptist University. This was done to reflect the continued growth and development of the University as evidenced by the granting of degrees in a variety of disciplines, including Arts, Science, Business, and Education.
In 2008, and in 2010, slight amendments to the Act were made, first to extend the provision of degrees beyond the baccalaureate level, and second to change the name to Crandall University in honour of Joseph Crandall, who founded several Baptist churches in the greater Moncton area during the late 1800s. This new name was also presented as a way to more clearly offer an invititation to Christian students and supporters who were not from a Baptist tradition.
The mission of Crandall University is that of Transforming lives through quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith. This mission is accomplished through:
- The teaching of the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies that includes:
- A student-centered approach that focuses on learning rather than delivery of information only;
- A commitment to holistic growth of the person: spiritual, intellectual, personal/social and physical well-being;
- The teamwork of outstanding and dedicated staff, faculty, administrators and Board members;
- The development of a unified and caring community wherein participants are sensitive to the needs of each other, encourage each other in character formation, leadership skills and the integration of faith and learning whereby they are prepared for future positions of influence and leadership in the service of God’s Kingdom;
- Openness to persons of every race, colour, gender and creed who choose to become part of the community of Crandall University.
- Research by faculty that includes but is not limited to:
- Expansion of knowledge within the scholar’s discipline;
- A standard of excellence that affirms the University’s commitment to academic integrity;
- Advancing the integration of faith and learning through scholarship and publication that evaluate theories/conclusions in light of a Christian worldview.
Statement of Faith
God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Godhead these three persons are equal and united in essence and perfection. They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. God is Father to all people in the general sense of Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has fatherly compassion for all humanity. God is Father, in a personal sense, to all who profess faith in His only begotten and unique Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm His virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious death once for all time, bodily resurrection and ascension, mediatorial work before the Father, and the blessed hope of His personal return in power and glory. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts humanity of sin, righteousness, and God’s judgement; calls people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, indwells and enables the believer to live a holy life; and empowers the believer to witness and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have their authority from God alone and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible, and sufficient standard for all matters of faith and conduct. They have been carefully preserved by the providence of God through the work of faithful believers.
Humanity: Humanity was created sinless. By the disobedience of the first man and woman, sin entered the human race. Through this disobedience all humanity is born sinful, under the curse of condemnation and death, in need of repentance and forgiveness.
Salvation: The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on our behalf. Salvation must be received through repentance and faith, and it is apart from works. It is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
The Church: The Church consists of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible also identifies the local Church as an assembly of baptized believers organized for worship, discipleship, outreach, and service to others for God.
Resurrection and Judgement: There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and the unjust. God will judge all humanity. Those who are saved will live eternally in God’s presence. Those who are lost in sin will receive eternal condemnation.
In Canada there is no formal organization that accredits universities and colleges, but the concept of accreditation is practiced. It is based on the acceptance of postsecondary studies by Canadian Universities and Colleges, where the work completed meets criteria of faculty competence, standards of instruction, and standards of student achievement practiced by the major universities in Canada. Based on these standards, Crandall University graduates consistently achieve a high level.
Crandall University is an affiliate member of The Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an association of approximately 175 Christ-centered colleges and universities of the liberal arts and sciences with member schools in 26 countries around the world. The Council is committed to cultivating communities of educational excellence in which the lordship of Jesus Christ is central. Member colleges are committed to maintaining the highest academic standards in an environment which fosters spiritual growth. Over thirty denominations are represented in the Council, enriching the common fellowship with diversity. Working together, Council member colleges and universities accomplish things they could not do alone. (See the “Programs of Study” section which outlines the academic opportunities available to students at Crandall through CCCU.)
Crandall University maintains its official recognition as a degree-granting institution based on its formal arrangments with the Province of New Brunswick through an Act of the New Brunswick Legislature. In addition, there is a strong on-going collegial relationship with all its sibling universitities within the Atlantic Provinces and an expanding and ever improving connection with other academic institutions and professional associations throughout Canada and the United States.
Crandall University has become known for its academic excellence and the integrity of its graduates. With the increasing number of degree programs and the abilities of its faculty members, the reputation of the University continues to grow.