William Carey International University Closes Sale of 15-Acre Pasadena Campus

Purchase heralds new era for the organization's missionary work

Published : Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 10:13 AM

A Pasadena university campus that has played a leading role in Christian missionary work around the world has been sold, it was announced Thursday.

EF Education First (www.ef.com), the world’s largest private international education organization, has completed the purchase of the 15-acre William Carey International University campus, which had also been the home to Frontier Ventures, formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission.

Dr. Kevin Higgins, WCIU President, said the sale of the Pasadena campus is pivotal to “decentralize” the work of ¬†William Carey International University and its missions arm Frontier Ventures, enabling them to launch smaller-scale hubs worldwide, so they can more effectively focus on key regions in the “Global South,” where billions of people have not heard the gospel message.

“Frontier Ventures is launching hubs in Chiang Mai, Thailand and other locations closer to ‘where the action is,’” said Higgins, who also is director of Frontier Ventures. “This decentralized approach will bring our innovation, mobilization and training expertise nearer to the pioneering organizations working among those who’ve yet to hear about Jesus Christ.”

The sale included the entire 15-acre campus, an existing soccer field and 16 adjacent homes. The campus was once the home of the former Nazarene College.

EF plans to renovate and redevelop the campus for its private international boarding school, EF Academy (www.ef.edu/academy), which is planned to enroll international high school students ages 14-19 from 80 different countries.

EF Academy is expected to open in fall 2020.

William Carey International University (www.wciu.edu) and Frontier Ventures (www.frontierventures.org) are well-known in evangelical missions circles. Founder Dr. Ralph D. Winter established the private, faith-based university in 1977, one year after launching the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM), now Frontier Ventures, on the same campus at East Elizabeth Street, Pasadena. Both WCIU and FV will continue to have scaled-down administrative operations and staff housing in Pasadena, next-door to the EF campus.

Time Magazine named Winter one of the top 25 most influential evangelicals in America in 2005, four years before his death.

For more than 40 years, the university and USCWM/Frontier Ventures have equipped cross-cultural workers for overseas Christian service, focusing on “frontier missions” to parts of the world where the Christian gospel is unknown. In recent years, WCIU and its network of partner schools around the world have spearheaded innovations in faith-based international development.

WCIU said it will continue to focus on distance-education and equipping a network of associated schools across South Asia and other regions with innovative curriculum.

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