Canby Bible College, originally called the Leadership Training Institute, was founded in 1998 under the leadership of Pastor Ron Swor and direction of Pastor Al Carpenter, who served as Director of CBC until 2005. He was succeeded by Dr. Jeremy Wallace, who served until 2017, when Pastor James Walton assumed the role of Dean, continuing the mission of equipping laborers for the harvest.
To equip students for the work of the ministry, a highly trained and credentialed faculty with decades of teaching, pastoral and missions experience have developed a two-year curriculum in which the entire Bible is examined, giving students a solid foundation of the central doctrines, messages and themes set forth in Scripture. In addition, several classes are offered which equip students in the areas of spiritual leadership, Biblical interpretation, and practical ministry, as they are given opportunity for “hands-on” ministry experience in the context of the local church. To resource students in completing their class assignments, CBC maintains a library containing over 5,000 volumes, software programs and periodicals that are recognized as classic resources for biblical studies.
In 2000, Canby Bible College was recognized by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel as a “Certified, Church-Based Bible College.” In 2001, CBC was granted religious exempt status by the State of Oregon to confer an Associate of Christian Ministry degree upon those who graduate from the two-year program. In 2009, CBC was granted religious exempt status by the State of Washington.
Many CBC graduates have continued their education and earned Bachelors Degrees. CBC currently has transfer arrangements with Life Pacific College, New Hope Christian College, Pacific Rim Christian University, The King’s University, Paciﬁc Life Bible College, Multnomah University and Northwest University. Other CBC students have served abroad on the foreign mission ﬁeld (including Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Africa, China, Estonia, England, Germany and France), in local church ministries, and numerous churchplanting endeavors.