The Evangelical Covenant Church

North Park University was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), a rapidly growing, multi-ethnic denomination with over 800 congregations in the United States and Canada and ministries on five continents.

Formed in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities and individuals who are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The church's missional identity is characterized by these values:

  • The Bible is the Word of God, and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct
  • The necessity of new birth
  • A commitment to the whole mission of the church
  • The church as a fellowship of believers
  • A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • The reality of freedom in Christ

As an institution, North Park University's identity consistently reflects and embodies the mission and values of the ECC as we prepare students for lives of significance and service. Academic study is informed by engaging faith in the classroom, as well as through participating in the vibrant campus and urban communities. We understand our distinctively Christian identity to be one which welcomes students of all backgrounds into the conversation.

A deep connection to the church is maintained through North Park Theological Seminary, the seminary of the ECC, which prepares men and women for competent and faithful service in a variety of ministry contexts.

We invite you to further explore the denomination online, and offer the following highlights as keys to learning more about the mission and identity of the Covenant church:

You can search for specific topics and resources in the online Covenant Resources library, including scholarship on church and ministry issues from a number of professors at North Park.

For further information about the ECC and North Park University and Theological Seminary, please contact Mark Olson, director of church relations.

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