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Christian Life College

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Christian Life College
Former name
Western Apostolic Bible College
MottoCalled to Serve, Empowered to Lead
AffiliationOneness Pentecostal, United Pentecostal Chruch International
PresidentEli M. Lopez
Academic staff
9023 West Lane
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CampusUrban, 20 acres

Christian Life College (CLC) is a private, non-profit four-year undergraduate college located in Stockton, California. Christian Life College was formerly known as Western Apostolic Bible College until 1980. CLC is endorsed by the United Pentecostal Church International[1] which is the largest Oneness Pentecostal denomination in the world.[2] As of all semester of the 2018–2019 school year, CLC had 166 students with 52% female and 48% male.[3] Since its inception in 1949, Christian Life College has emerged as a leading figure in higher education and ministerial training institution within the Oneness Pentecostal Movement by becoming the first college endorsed by the UPCI to achieve regional accreditation. CLC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[4] CLC is also approved as a degree-granting institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education.[5]

Christian Life College was the first college endorsed by the UPCI to achieve regional accreditation. It has a close relationship with Christian Life Center; a megachurch that is one of the largest churches in San Joaquin County, California.[6]

CLC currently offers Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in five academic areas: Bible and Theology; Business Administration and Leadership; General Ministry; and General Ministry with a concentration in Christian Media and Communications, Christian Music, or Missiology (Missions).[7]


Christian Life College was first established as Western Apostolic Bible College (WABC) by Rev. Clyde J. Haney after seeing the need for ministerial training in the Oneness Pentecostal Movement. The beginnings of the college began with a series of short-term institutes in 1949. Rev. Clyde J. Haney went on to officially incorporate WABC in 1956. The college experienced a tragic turn when Clyde Haney was killed in an automobile accident. Soon after, Clyde Haney's son, Rev. Kenneth F. Haney became the Senior pastor of Stockton's First United Pentecostal Church (later to be known as Christian Life Center in 1978), and President of WABC.[8] In 1980, Kenneth Haney changed the name of Western Apostolic Bible College to Christian Life College. In 1994, CLC was granted approval by the State of California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education as a degree-granting institution.[9] In 2001 he was elected as the General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. Kenneth Haney subsequently moved to the UPCI headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.[10][9]

Upon Kenneth Haney's departure, his son, Rev. Nathaniel Haney was elected as the Senior Pastor of Christian Life Center and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Christian Life College, while Dr. Daniel Segraves served as president of the college. Segraves served as president for five years before transitioning to St. Louis, Mo. Nathaniel Haney filled the role of both Chairman of the Board and President until Rev. Eli M. Lopez was elected as President in 2015. Eli M. Lopez has served in that capacity until present.[9] From 1949 until now, CLC/WABC has over 6,000 alumni.[11] In July 2019, CLC received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, making it the first UPCI endorsed accredited college.

See Also[edit]

  • United Pentecostal Church International
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges


  1. ,"Higher Education Policies". Office of Education and Endorsement. 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  2. "United Pentecostal Church, Inc.". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  3. "Institutional Research". Christian Life College. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  4. "Statement of Accreditation Status: Stockton Christian Life College". WASC Senior College and University Commission. n.d. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  5. "School Detail". Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. Parrish, Kevin (November 11, 2011). "Christian Life Center Powerhouse Haney Dies at 74". The Record. Stockton, Calif.
  7. "Degree Programs". Christian Life College. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. "Our History". Christian Life Ministry. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "The CLC Story". Christian Life College. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  10. Lachtman, Howard (December 3, 2011). "Christian Life Pastor Moving On". The Record. Stockton, Calif.
  11. "Alumni and Friends". Christian Life College. 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.

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