History

Christian Life College History

  • 1949

    The 49ers

    Christian Life College was founded on October 5, 1953, by Rev. Clyde J. Haney as the Western Apostolic Bible College. Previously Rev. Haney held short-term Bible institutes in the basement of the church beginning in 1949. The first graduating class was called the 49ers and included: Clarence Riddlesberger, Jerry Renison, Jack Renison, Ollie Faye Renison, Elva Sanders, Dwight Gritts, and Ralph Santos.

  • 1954

    WABC

    In the summer of 1954, Western Apostolic Bible College was officially accepted by the United Pentecostal Church International for the training of ministers and endorsed by its Division of Education. The acceptance and endorsement was ratified by the 1954 General Conference of the UPCI meeting at Columbus, Ohio. Rev. A.T. Morgan, UPCI General Superintendent, dedicated the college to God’s service at its official opening.

  • 1964

    Bible and Theology

    In 1964, WABC expanded its curriculum to begin offering a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology.

  • 1971

    Our Founder

    On October 15, 1971, founder and president of the college, Clyde J. Haney, died in an automobile accident. Rev. Paul Price, the college vice-president, assumed his office until a successor could be chosen.

  • 1972

    Kenneth F. Haney

    Rev. Kenneth F. Haney, then President of the Pentecostal Conquerors (UPCI Youth Division), and son of the late Clyde J. Haney was chosen to fill the position. He served in this capacity until his election as the General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. In the summer of 2004 Pastor Nathaniel K. Haney, grandson of the founder was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.

  • 1980

    Christian Life College

    The name of the college was changed to Christian Life College in January 1980. In 1983, the curriculum was enlarged to include the Associate of Arts degree.

  • 1994

    1990s

    As the result of changes in the California code regulating higher education, the College applied in
    1994 for state approval to operate as a degree-granting institution. After a rigorous screening
    process, including an extensive self-study and site visits, institutional approval was granted by the
    Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education of the State of California to offer the
    AA and BA degrees in two majors: Bible & Theology and Christian Music.

  • 2013

    2000s and Today

    During the last few years, the College has been carrying on an accelerated schedule of academic
    upgrading in all areas. The progress being made academically has positively affected the spiritual
    growth of the school as well. The heart of the school has always been and always will be based on
    evangelistic outreach, spiritual depth, personal holiness, and unreserved commitment to the Word
    of God.


 

Christian Life College was founded on October 5, 1953, by Rev. Clyde J. Haney as the Western Apostolic Bible College. Previously Rev. Haney held short-term Bible institutes in the basement of the church beginning in 1949. The first graduating class was called the 49ers and included: Clarence Riddlesberger, Jerry Renison, Jack Renison, Ollie Faye Renison, Elva Sanders, Dwight Gritts, and Ralph Santos.

In the summer of 1954, Western Apostolic Bible College was officially accepted by the United Pentecostal Church International for the training of ministers and endorsed by its Division of Education. The acceptance and endorsement was ratified by the 1954 General Conference of the UPCI meeting at Columbus, Ohio. Rev. A.T. Morgan, UPCI General Superintendent, dedicated the college to God’s service at its official opening.

In 1964, WABC expanded its curriculum to begin offering a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology.

On October 15, 1971, founder and president of the college, Clyde J. Haney, died in an automobile accident. Rev. Paul Price, the college vice-president, assumed his office until a successor could be chosen.

Rev. Kenneth F. Haney, then President of the Pentecostal Conquerors (UPCI Youth Division), and son of the late Clyde J. Haney was chosen to fill the position. He served in this capacity until his election as the General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. In the summer of 2004 Pastor Nathaniel K. Haney, grandson of the founder was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chancellor of the college.

The name of the college was changed to Christian Life College in January 1980. In 1983, the curriculum was enlarged to include the Associate of Arts degree.

As the result of changes in the California code regulating higher education, the College applied in
1994 for state approval to operate as a degree-granting institution. After a rigorous screening
process, including an extensive self-study and site visits, institutional approval was granted by the
Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education of the State of California to offer the
AA and BA degrees in two majors: Bible & Theology and Christian Music. In 1998 the Christian
Education emphasis area was added, and in 2000 institutional approval was granted for a third
major, Biblical Studies. The Biblical Studies major was redefined through several years and its name
was changed to General Ministry in 2006 to reflect the new direction of this degree program.
During the last few years, the College has been carrying on an accelerated schedule of academic
upgrading in all areas. The progress being made academically has positively affected the spiritual
growth of the school as well. The heart of the school has always been and always will be based on
evangelistic outreach, spiritual depth, personal holiness, and unreserved commitment to the Word
of God.