About Crandall

About Crandall

A Message from the President

Bruce G. Fawcett, Ph.D.Welcome to Crandall University! I attended Crandall in the 1980s and my time at Crandall shaped me and prepared me for a life of service.

At many of the larger universities in Canada, undergraduate classrooms are filled with hundreds of students. At Crandall most of our second, third, and fourth year classes have fewer than 20 students. This means that your professors will know your name and be better able to coach and guide you through your years of study.

We’ve worked hard to recruit excellent professors. Our instructors have earned advanced degrees at some of the world’s most prestigious research universities: from Notre Dame, Columbia and Harvard in the US, to Toronto, UBC, McMaster, Western, and Queens in Canada, and a variety of British universities. Our professors have traveled and lectured widely. They have published extensively, and have worked in some pretty exciting roles prior to joining our team.

Crandall’s mission is to “transform lives through quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.” We’ve been able to achieve this mission largely as a result of our ability to attract highly qualified Christian faculty and staff. They are fantastic and you will love them!

I hope that you will contact our Admissions Office and set up a date to visit our beautiful campus. I’m confident you’ll be impressed by the quality educational experience we offer. I look forward to meeting you!


Bruce Fawcett, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Professor of Leadership and Religious Studies

University Leadership

Crandall University was founded in 1949 by the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC) which continues to support the University and to elect and ratify appointments to its Board of Governors. The University is responsible to provide quality education for the leaders of tomorrow.

Crandall University, as a corporation, is led by a Board of Governors elected annually from among the supporters of the University.

The Senate of Crandall University determines all academic standards and is comprised of the President of Crandall University, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, members of faculty, and the Academic Deans, plus representatives of the student body, the alumni, the Board of Governors, and the CBAC.

Board of Governors

Dr. Moses Adekola

New Glasgow, NS

Ms. Megan Atkinson

West Brook, NS

Mr. Jeff Burlock

Maxwell, NB

Mr. Graeme Ching

Moncton, NB

Ms. Colleen Cole

Porter’s Lake, NS

Ms. Sheila Cummings

Perth-Andover, NB

Rev. Dr. Roger Graham

Saint John, NB

Mr. Gary House

Gander, NL

Mr. Todd Jones

Port Williams, NS

Mr. Lorne MacDowell

St. George’s Channel, NS

Ms. Jennifer Robertson

Souris, PE

Mr. Darren Smith

Alberton, PE

Dr. John Stewart

Fredericton, NB

Mr. Stephen Stultz

Ammon, NB

Dr. Allison Trites

Wolfville, NS


2020-2021 Members

Dr. Bruce Fawcett

President & Vice Chancellor (Chair)

Dr. Jon Ohlhauser

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs (Vice Chair)

Dr. Christopher Buschhaus

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Keith Bodner

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Wendy Bokhorst-Heng

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Keith Grant

CUFA elected delegate

Mr. Robert MacDonald

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Ted Newell

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Mel Schriver

CUFA elected delegate

Dr. Coreen Bodner

Non-CUFA elected delegate

Ms. Megan Atkinson

Crandall Student Association President

Ms. Autumn Tremere

Alumni Representative

Rev. Dr. Roger Graham

Representative of the Board of Governors

Dr. John Stewart

Representative of the Board of Governors

Mr. Ron Cummings

Representative of the CBAC


Dr. Dannie Brown

Dean of International Academic Programs

Dr. Roger Russell

Dean of Professional Programs

Mr. Ivan Douthwright

University Librarian

Ms. Mary Beth LeBouthillier

Registrar & Secretary of Senate

Ms. Jessica Grimes

Recording Secretary


In the late 1940s, the leadership of the United Baptist Convention of the Maritime Provinces became concerned about the young people who were leaving the region to train for vocational ministry and were not returning. In spite of the fact that the denomination had a university in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, there was an area of Christian education which was not being covered. In 1949, the United Baptist Bible Training School was founded in Moncton as both a Bible college and a high school. For the next two decades, young people came from all over Atlantic Canada to study in a Christian context and to live in a Christian community.

Academic excellence very quickly became a hallmark of the new school, and many people gave sacrificially to expand the facilities and the programs. By 1968, the School was in transition as the emphasis changed to a post high school program, and eventually it became a Bible College and a Christian Junior Liberal Arts College. In 1970, the name was changed to Atlantic Baptist College to reflect the new programs.

In 1983, the New Brunswick Legislature passed a charter granting Atlantic Baptist College, the right to offer baccalaureate degrees. Over a decade later, in 1996, the original Act of the Legislature was amended to change the name to Atlantic Baptist University. This was done to reflect the continued growth and development of the University as evidenced by the granting of degrees in a variety of disciplines, including Arts, Business, Education, Organizational Management, and Science.

In 2008, and in 2010, slight amendments to the Act were made, first to extend the provision of degrees beyond the baccalaureate level, and second to change the name to Crandall University in honour of Joseph Crandall, who founded several Baptist churches in the greater Moncton area during the late 1800s. This new name was also presented as a way to more clearly offer an invitation to all students and supporters who were not from a Baptist tradition.

Mission & Faith Statements

Mission Statement

The mission of Crandall University is that of Transforming lives through quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.

This mission is accomplished through:

The teaching of the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies that includes:

  • A student-centered approach that focuses on learning rather than delivery of information only;
  • A commitment to holistic growth of the person: spiritual, intellectual, personal/social and physical well-being;
  • The teamwork of outstanding and dedicated staff, faculty, administrators and Board members;
  • The development of a unified and caring community wherein participants are sensitive to the needs of each other, encourage each other in character formation, leadership skills and the integration of faith and learning whereby they are prepared for future positions of influence and leadership in the service of God’s Kingdom;
  • Openness to persons of every race, colour, gender and creed who choose to become part of the community of Crandall University.

Research by faculty that includes but is not limited to:

  • Expansion of knowledge within the scholar’s discipline;
  • A standard of excellence that affirms the University’s commitment to academic integrity;
  • Advancing the integration of faith and learning through scholarship and publication that evaluate theories/conclusions in light of a Christian worldview.

Statement of Faith

God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Godhead these three persons are equal and united in essence and perfection. They execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

  • God is Father to all people in the general sense of Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has fatherly compassion for all humanity. God is Father, in a personal sense, to all who profess faith in His only begotten and unique Son, Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm His virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious death once for all time, bodily resurrection and ascension, mediatorial work before the Father, and the blessed hope of His personal return in power and glory.
  • The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who proceeds from the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts humanity of sin, righteousness, and God’s judgement; calls people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, indwells and enables the believer to live a holy life; and empowers the believer to witness and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures: The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have their authority from God alone and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible, and sufficient standard for all matters of faith and conduct. They have been carefully preserved by the providence of God through the work of faithful believers.

Humanity: Humanity was created sinless. By the disobedience of the first man and woman, sin entered the human race. Through this disobedience all humanity is born sinful, under the curse of condemnation and death, in need of repentance and forgiveness.

Salvation: The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death on our behalf. Salvation must be received through repentance and faith, and it is apart from works. It is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

The Church: The Church consists of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible also identifies the local Church as an assembly of baptized believers organized for worship, discipleship, outreach, and service to others for God.

Resurrection and Judgement: There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and the unjust. God will judge all humanity. Those who are saved will live eternally in God’s presence. Those who are lost in sin will receive eternal condemnation.

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