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Regent College was founded in 1968 as the first graduate school of theology in North America to make education of the laity its central focus.

Key Milestones

1965 Long before it had a name and a charter from the BC government, Regent College was a dream in the hearts of many people, such as E. Marshall Sheppard, James M. Houston, Donald Tinder, Ward Gasque, Carl E. Armerding, Walter Liefeld, Paul Little, Arthur Hill, G.C.D. Howley, Charles Todd, Jr., Paul E Leonard, John Williams, Brian Sutherland, Wiliam J. Martin, and others.
1968 Incorporation of Regent College.
1969 Official inauguration, first summer school (56 students) held in St. Andrew’s Hall on the UBC campus.
1970 James Houston becomes Principal.
1970 Regent moves to the basement of the Vancouver School of Theology. Diploma in Christian Studies is inaugurated. First class begins with a tragedy: 2 of the 6 students enrolled (Dianne Pindred and David Self) are killed in a car accident the August before classes begin.
1971 First Convocation (4 graduates). Enrollment grows from 4 to 44.
1972 Master of Christian Studies inaugurated.
1974 Affiliation with the University of British Columbia (UBC) obtained.
1975 Regent moves to two fraternity houses on Wesbrook Mall.
1978 Carl Armerding becomes Principal.
1979 Master of Divinity inaugurated.
1980 Regent College and Carey Hall sign a formal statement of affiliation.
1983 Master of Theology inaugurated.
1985 Accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada obtained.
1988 Regent moves to a brand new “green roofed” building on University Blvd. Walter Wright becomes President.
2000 Rod Wilson becomes President.
2003Formation of the Marketplace Institute.
2007 John Richard Allison Library and building renovations complete.
2010 Fortieth Convocation.
2013 Degree name for Master of Christian Studies changed to Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The Diploma in Christian Studies becomes a Graduate Diploma.