Swift Current Bible Institute (Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Swift Current Bible Institute, located at 510 Cheadle Street East, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, was founded in 1936 by Nicolai Bahnmann through and under the direction of Bishop David Toews for the General Conference of Mennonites of Canada. In 1955 the plant consisted of three buildings—a residence for the principal, a building used for administration, classrooms, girls' dormitory, and kitchen and dining room, and a building for teachers' residence and men's dormitory. The term of the Institute is about 5.5 months; the course consists of the regular Evangelical Teacher Training Association subjects and Mennonite history, missions, catechism, etc. There are no educational requirements for admission. It is governed by an executive committee of six members and a board of directors of fourteen members. In 1957 the principal was Werner Zacharias; the staff consisted of three full-time teachers, and the enrollment was 34.
In 1996 the two supporting conferences, the Conference of Mennonites in Saskatchewan and the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta, decided to no longer financially support the school due to low enrollment, and as a result the school was closed. In 1997 the building was sold to the Swift Current Evangelical Mennonite Church and most of the library was sent to schools and churches in Ukraine.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 669. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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