Kingswood University is an evangelical Christian University associated with the Wesleyan Church, located in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. It is chartered by the province of New Brunswick and authorized to confer degrees in church-related education. The University is also registered with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Christian Holiness Partnership (CHP). Kingswood University was founded in October 1945, in Woodstock, New Brunswick by the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada as the Holiness Bible Institute. Its primary purpose was the training of ministers to serve the Reformed Baptist Church within the Atlantic region. In 1947, the school was relocated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and renamed Bethany Bible College. In 1965, Bethany relocated a second time to its present location in Sussex, New Brunswick. In July 1966, the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Two years later in June 1968, the Wesleyan Methodist Church merged with the Pilgrim Holiness Church to form what is known today as The Wesleyan Church. Over the course of time, the University has made significant advances in its academic programs. In May 1970, the General Board of Administration of The Wesleyan Church authorized Bethany Bible College to award the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion, the basic four-year program for those entering full-time ministerial service. In 1983, the Province of New Brunswick, through official legislation, authorized Bethany to grant church-related degrees. Accreditation was granted in 1987 by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and reaffirmed in 1997. On June 1, 2010, Dr. Mark Gorveatte, formerly the District Superintendent for the West-Michigan Wesleyan District, became the eleventh and current president of the University. Also in 2010, Dr. David Smith, formerly the Associate Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University, became Kingswood's Vice President of Academic Affairs. In the fall of 2011, the name of Bethany Bible College was formally changed to Kingswood University. Kingswood University is located on the west side of Sussex, New Brunswick. The campus is split between the lower campus located off Main Street and the upper campus located on top of a hill. The back side of campus is ringed by the Kennebecasis River.