New Hope Christian College, an institution of higher education, exists to disciple emerging Christian leaders by developing their theology, ministry skills, and character in order to win souls, plant fruitful churches, and lead as exemplary ambassadors for Christ in the ministry and marketplace.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Through the ministry of Fred Hornshuh, Sr. and others in the early 1920s, spiritual revival came to the greater Eugene area in Oregon, giving birth to several congregations that later organized under the name of Bible Standard Churches. In response to the emerging need for training for those being called to preach, Bible Standard Theological School was begun in January 1925 with Hornshuh as its first president. Classes initially met in Lighthouse Temple, but by 1948 the school occupied its own building at Twelfth and Olive in Eugene.
In 1940, the school began to offer a full-time day program. In 1967, ground breaking at the present location on Bailey Hill Road prepared the way for development of the campus. Since that time, construction of an administration building, classrooms, a student center, resource center, dormitories and other student housing have resulted in the attractive and accessible campus that welcomes students today. The Rexius Event Center, incorporating a gym, a chapel and other facilities was completed in 2008. Concurrent with campus expansion has been the development of the academic program of the College. The College first offered four-year programs in 1974 and was offered degree-granting authority by the State of Oregon in 1976. In 1983, the college was granted accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
During the Rexius Event Center construction and some other needed repairs, the board at that time voted to borrow funds from the Endowments and Scholarship funds ($1.2M) to complete the building. They intended to replenish it along with interest. However, the recession of 2008-2009 was in full swing, and repayment had to be delayed.
In 2010, the board made plans to close the college and sell its assets. However, New Hope International made a significant faith investment of 3.7 million to refurbish the sagging finances, repair its buildings and recruit new students. In honor of the generosity and investment that gave our college a second breath, Eugene Bible College was renamed New Hope Christian College. This new name would also give the college a global reach, including students from the mission fields.
Looking back from 2010, as part of its 10-year plan, New Hope Christian College (formerly Eugene Bible College) began repaying the loan at $52,000 per year. Even though there were no funds in the scholarship and endowment accounts, to honor those who had formerly given money for scholarships, we began giving grants in their names using funds from undesignated giving. NHCC invested above and beyond what was required in order to plant our future.
Presently, the endowments and scholarships have been made whole and duly honored and distributed, even during the time of depletion. The endowments are in conservative investments gaining interest. The good news is that the college is now in strong financial standing and has scored the highest financial integrity score with our accrediting association ABHE (Association of Biblical Higher Education), for the past two years. We continue to raise funds, and through the generosity of individuals, New Hope West, and other partner churches, annual scholarships exceed $250,000. (One partner church in California invested $250,000 this year in our students!)
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, a God-given dream of a lab church became a reality with the grand opening of New Hope West. Our students, who had spent the last year involved in every step of praying, planning, preparing, and planting a church from the ground up, witnessed people walk through the doors of New Hope West that Easter morning and encounter the love of Christ.
The dream of a lab church where students use the knowledge gained in the classroom in practical, hands-on ways alongside seasoned veterans and professionals continues to unfold and bear fruit. From the moment you drive onto campus, you will see students and community members serving alongside each other – in the parking ministry, hospitality, kids and youth ministry, tech and production, worship and creative arts, broadcast, and pastoral ministries. In each area, students are challenged to develop their gifts and discover new ones as they serve and grow each week. New Hope West is a safe environment where students are allowed to lead, try new things, make mistakes, debrief with mentors, and grow forward into all God has created them to be.
Through the lab church, students at NHCC will graduate with between 1,400 and 1,600 hours of practicum experience. Not only are our students growing and learning valuable lessons, but they are also able to be a light and blessing to our community as they bring their gifts, talents, and hearts to impact people for the Kingdom of God.