Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., will start raising money shortly to build a new student residence. The go-ahead to proceed with the fundraising effort was given at the college’s annual general meeting. The facility’s construction will allow current rented space to be given up at a saving to the college, and allow students to take advantage of on-campus proximity to the lounge, library, and other facilities.
It is expected the capital need will be about $3-million. Ten years ago, the college committed not to enter into debt for facility expansion, so the funds must be in hand before construction starts.
College representatives say the combined capacity of existing Columbia Hall and the proposed four-storey structure housing 134 will be just over 220 students, allowing for some growth.
Delegates to the AGM thanked out-going directors for their service and elected five new directors to the board: Abe Neufeld, who will replace Vic Martens as board chair, Marilyn Hiebert, Dan Wiebe, Terry Kaethler, and Bill Hogg.
Columbia Bible College is a joint ministry of B.C. MB Conference and Mennonite Church B.C.