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Why Columbia

why columbia

You don’t find your best possible life by accident.

If you’re looking for a transformative, faith-based education, Columbia Bible College should be at the top of your list! We have an amazing team of super smart, faith-filled instructors who will challenge you to think critically and grow spiritually. Plus, the community at Columbia is the best — you’ll make awesome friends who share your beliefs and values, and the faculty and staff will actually get to know you personally (no more being just another face in the crowd).
But the best part? We really believe in our slogan, “Be Known. Make a Difference.” We want to help you discover and live out your unique calling so that you can make a real impact on the world. If you want to be part of something bigger than yourself and equipped to change the world, Columbia Bible College is the place for you.


Every part of you will be developed at Columbia: intellect, spirit, character, and skills. You’ll have the chance to study Scripture and learn the 24/7 habits of following Jesus. Your classes and assignments will train you to tackle critical questions and communicate clearly. A big emphasis on hands-on learning gives you opportunities to develop valuable experience. Real growth happens here. You in?


This is the college for you if you want to live your faith and practice your skills in the real world. Our campus is at the centre of the small, multicultural city of Abbotsford, BC. You’ll be close to every kind of church, non-profit organization, and business, giving you access to incredible learning experiences. Plus, our stunning West Coast setting means you can enjoy mountains, oceans, rivers, and lakes.


Discovering your calling isn’t something you can do on your own. At Columbia, you’ll be surrounded by down-to-earth Christians who really care about you. Expect lots of conversation, encouragement, smiles, coffee, prayer, and good times. Also expect opportunities to dive in, help out, serve, lead, and learn.

so many possibilities

Sometimes we need a little inspiration to start heading in the right direction.

It’s not always easy to imagine the future. Where will you go? What will you do? What’s even possible?

Columbia’s grads have been where you are right now. They know what it’s like to work through big questions and step into God’s dreams for their lives. It’s amazing to see the kingdom-focused, world-impacting vocations our alumni are pursuing today – in a huge variety of roles, organizations, and places. We gathered some of their stories and insights to give you a little inspiration.

What story will you share one day?

alumni stories

Meet Danielle

BA Caregiving & Counselling 2004
Founder & Counsellor, Re.Pose Therapy

“I believe God designed us to heal and to thrive. That doesn’t mean we don’t have limitations or stuck points. I believe God made us with the resources within to be connected to who we are at our core – who we are as made in his image. But stuff gets in our way. I love to help people discover healing. That’s the best part of my job. Seeing people who come into my room pretty hopeless discover there’s hope.”

Meet Jordan

BA Intercultural Studies 2012
Chaplain, Harbour Light Addictions & Recovery Centre

“I am part of a small team responsible for the spiritual care of our staff and clients. Some days I may be talking to someone who has relapsed for the fifth time and is about to give up hope; another day I might be celebrating with someone as they make it to one year clean and sober; another day I might be working through the book of Mark with a new Christian, helping him see Jesus with new eyes.”

Meet Kate

BA Intercultural Studies 2015
Director, Camp Likely

“Being a camp director allows me to be intentional with our staff and campers as we spend at least a week together in the middle of Creation, building community and sharing about Jesus. This job brings me so much joy as I watch Jesus work in the lives of kids who are so broken, lonely and scared. I see him speak to them, I see them love the Word of God and I see them feel safe.”

what employers are saying

"In my experience, Columbia grads show great resourcefulness, tenacity, deep empathy, mindfulness of their environment, putting others first. I've watched people go through great crisis in their lives. Of the people I've observed, Columbia grads seem to be more prepared to cope with the realities of life than others. There's a Christ-centredness that's thoroughly trained and disciplined in them, so that when bad things happen, they act and react based on the training. Those who no only cope but also excel out of hard situations are graduates of Columbia."

Gerry Wiebe, President, Wiebe Industrial Services

"What business needs is people with an ethical anchor that will embody trust in their employer and/or employees long-term. A Columbia education builds a character of integrity. That’s what business needs – leaders of integrity."

Brad Willems, Assante Wealth Management, Abbotsford

"A business can spend a lifetime looking for people who exemplify servant leadership, and Lepp Farm Market is privileged to have not one, but two outstanding Columbia graduates as leaders in our company. Both men consistently live out the leadership standards Jesus calls us to, both in how they treat their team as well as how they represent our business to customers and suppliers. Their positive outlook on life makes them the kind of leaders that their teams respectfully and eagerly follow and benefits our entire company. We are grateful to CBC for the solid Biblical teaching and mentoring that equips men such as Dan and Brent to go out into the world and live out the teachings of Jesus."

Rob & Char Lepp, Lepp Farm Market, Abbotsford

location matters

Abbotsford, BC

Friendly little city with great cafés, restaurants & shopping.

Training Hub

Churches, non-profit organizations, & businesses of every size.


Connect with people from different cultures, faiths, and backgrounds.

West Coast Adventure

Mountains, rivers, lakes, the ocean - you will never run out of places to explore.

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