New Hope Christian College is founded on several important principles, including a commitment to being an inter-denominational college that trains leaders for ministry and the marketplace from all facets of Christ’s Church. But it’s also recognized by two denominations as one of their official ministry training centers—Open Bible who founded the College and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) who recently awarded the College a Certificate of Affiliation. This semester 26% of the student body is from Foursquare churches (along with 24% Open Bible; 8% Assemblies of God; 10% Baptist; and the remaining 32% from varied Christian backgrounds).
The Foursquare Certificate of Affiliation was presented last August to our Hawaii campus by ICFG President, Glenn Burris, and on October 3rd to our Oregon Campus by ICFG General Supervisor, Tammy Dunahoo. Though NHCC has no legal ties to the Foursquare Church, the Affiliation means that Foursquare officially recognizes the place of NHCC as a preferred training center for Foursquare leaders, “providing a path to denominational credentialing.” In conjunction with the Affiliation, the College will offer a Foursquare History, Doctrine and Polity course starting this Spring taught by Gary Matsdorf, Executive Director. The College is very grateful for its inter-denominational ministry and considers this Affiliation a valuable part of that ministry.