History

HISTORY

Bethany College had a rich history.  After several years of holding classes in nearby churches, a permanent school was established in Hepburn in 1927.

During the forties, this school was named Bethany Bible Institute and ran a five-year program for those wishing to enter full-time ministry.  Former principals and presidents have been:  Dietrich P. Esau (1924-34), John B. Toews (1934-37), Gerhard W. Peters (1937-42), Gerhard D. Huebert (1942-45), Jacob H. Epp (1945-64), Cornelius Braun (1964-67, 1968-76, 1977-79), Abram H. Wieler (1967-68), Elmer Andres (1976-77), Isaac Bergen (1979-86), Cliff Jantzen (1986-91), James Nikkel (1991-95), Doug Berg (1995-99), and Rick Schellenberg (1999-2009).  These men as well as numerous faculty and staff have given a godly heritage to Bethany.

In 1958, the Herbert Bible School amalgamated with Bethany.  After Coaldale Bible School closed, the Alberta and Saskatchewan Mennonite Brethren conferences joined together to sponsor Bethany in 1968.

In 1995, the Saskatchewan Churches of Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference joined as a third co-sponsor of Bethany.

Spring of 2017, the Thrive Discipleship Program at Bethany Campus was underway! thrivesk.com

Spring of 2021, due to large maintenance costs and large debt of the Bethany Campus and with much prayer and discernment, the Thrive Board felt strongly led to put the Bethany Campus up for sale.  The Town of Hepburn purchased the entire campus with the exception of South Court.  The Thrive program  paid for and is now happily residing in South Court, now referred to as Thrive Court!