THE SEMINARY’S BEGINNINGS
While the people of Quebec were abandoning the Catholic Church by the thousands in the 1970’s, the evangelical movement was reaping a harvest. Groups of new converts met together across the province, even though pastors were few. On December 7, 1972, a group of pastors and leaders from the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Quebec met in Montreal to address the pressing need for the training of new workers. A training program was needed that would help the fledgling local Churches to equip their own members. Equally important, this program would establish a partnership with those local Churches to train pastors of all ages and walks of life.
At that meeting, Mr. Ivor Greenslade, a missionary in Latin America, shared his experience in the field of decentralized theological teaching courses. The pastors present at the meeting nominated a committee composed of J. Alexanian, E. Beau and W. Phillips that would further study the issue. In the spring of 1973, the committee presented their recommendations to the pastors of the Association, who accepted them enthusiastically. On January 12, 1974, the Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique du Québec was inaugurated at Bethel Baptist Church in St-Laurent.
December 7, 1972
A group of pastors and leaders from the Association of Evangelical Baptist churches in Quebec met in Montreal to discuss the need for the training of more workers.
Spring of 1973
A committee tasked with studying the issue, composed of J. Alexanian, E. Beau, and W. Philips presented their recommendations to the pastors of the Association, who accepted them enthusiastically.
The seminary was recognized by the churches across Canada at the annual congress.
January 12, 1974
The Evangelical Baptist Seminary of Quebec was inaugurated at Bethel Baptist Church in St-Laurent.
Jacques Alexanian became the first President.
The Association acquired the building at 7415, boulevard Gouin Ouest in Montreal.
SEMBEC (Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique Canadien) became SEMBEQ (Séminaire Baptiste Évangélique du Québec)
Mr. Jacques Alexanian, the founder and first President, confidently yielded his directorial duties to a new Director, Francois Picard.
May 18, 2013
Official inauguration of the new building at 9780, rue Sherbrooke Est in Montreal.
Francois Turcotte became President, following in the footsteps of his coach Francois Picard.
SEMBEQ training receives legal accreditation through a partnership with the Montreal Faculty of Evangelical Theology, affiliated with Acadia University.