Our Mission & Beliefs
Allegheny Wesleyan College prepares students
to effectively serve God, the church and society
by providing a Biblical education
in a spiritual, social and academic environment
based on the conservative Wesleyan tradition.
1. Prioritize spiritual life by providing revival meetings, chapel services, and prayer meetings as means for the development of spiritual disciplines and the pursuit of genuine revival.
2. Advance academic programs for the preparation of full-time Christian workers and laypersons who desire to serve Christ and the church more effectively.
3. Model how the Bible is the basis for the development of a Christian worldview to guide life and decision making.
4. Promote the cultivation of healthy eating practices, good hygiene, social graces, and interpersonal relationships.
5. Provide a safe and secure campus.
6. Establish financial accountability based upon standards of ethical practice that honors God and promotes confidence in donors, employees, students, vendors, and customers.
7. Advance the writing, publishing, and distributing of Christian books for the development of quality personal libraries.
8. Model Christian leadership in our churches, communities and nation.
9. Encourage an alumni association that actively supports the continuation of the training of young people through prayer, recruitment of students, and financial giving.
10. Experience a culture of constant improvement of student learning and the students’ learning environment.
11. Include the library, which in collaboration with the faculty, teaches information literacy and provides learning resources that address the students’ learning objectives.
Allegheny Wesleyan College bases its programs on the biblical philosophy acknowledging basic truths regarding man’s origin, purpose, and destiny. Central to this philosophy is the conviction that God has spoken, that He has spoken the truth, and that His truth is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, we recognize Christian faith and philosophy as the basis for the interpretation of knowledge in all fields of learning. We hold firmly to the belief that all knowledge in all areas of scholarship originates with God.
Man is a direct creation of God, answerable to his Creator.
God’s purpose for man is prescribed in a divine plan and revealed in the Holy Scriptures, in the created universe, and personified in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. God’s purpose for His creation is to bring honor to its Creator.
The College further holds that the truth of God is not to be retained but proclaimed; therefore, it has established programs of study that begin with the Scripture, includes understanding the world in which we live, and ends with the spreading of the redeeming Word of Jesus Christ.
What We Believe
Tenets of Faith
We believe in one self-existent and eternal God, of infinite holiness, wisdom and power, who created and preserves all things. In the unity of this Godhead are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Christ Jesus is the God-Man. He alone is the mediator between God and man (I John 5:4-6).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, providing a complete sacrifice for the sins of all men, both actual transgressions and original guilt, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory (I Corinthians 15:3; I Peter 2:21-24; John 3:16).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who is the Person of the Godhead who indwells us, sanctifies us, and guides us into truth.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible authoritative Word (II Timothy 3:16). The Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scriptures, we do understand the books of the Old and New Testaments.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God and that, through his disobedience, he sinned and brought upon himself spiritual death.
We believe that all men may believe unto salvation, being justified by faith and regenerated in nature, so that they become new creatures in Christ Jesus and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary (Romans 3:21-30; Galatians 4:4-7). We further believe our salvation rests upon our attitude toward God’s Son, and that repentance and contrition are necessary to the appropriation of saving faith (John 3:18-21).
We believe that though good works cannot save a man, they are the necessary fruits of the Christian life. They are wrought by Christians assisted by the Holy Spirit, and they demonstrate a true faith in Jesus as Lord of the life.
We believe a regenerated believer will live free from condemnation by walking in the light of God’s Word.
We believe entire sanctification is essential and is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the child of God is cleansed from all inbred sin, resulting in purity of heart and consecration of life through faith in Jesus Christ. It is subsequent to regeneration, and is wrought when the believer presents himself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and is thus enabled, through grace, to love God with all the heart and to walk in His holy commandments blameless (I Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 12:14; I Thessalonians 5:23, 24).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life; and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We understand the manner of the resurrection of mankind to be the resurrection of the righteous dead at the personal appearance of Christ for His saints, called rapture (I Corinthians 15:51-54) and the resurrection of the wicked at a later time, as stated in Revelation 20:4-6. Christ may appear at any moment (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe our relative duties to be as follows: those two great commandments which require us to love the Lord our God with all the heart, and our neighbors as ourselves, contain the sum of the divine law as it is revealed in the Scriptures: they are the measure and perfect rule of human duty, as well for the ordering and directing of families and nations, and all other social bodies, as for individual acts, by which we are required to acknowledge God as our only supreme Ruler, and all men as created by Him, equal in all natural rights. Wherefore, all men are bound so to order all their individual and social and political acts as to render to God entire and absolute obedience, and to secure to all men the enjoyment of every natural right, as well as to promote the greatest happiness of each in the possession and exercise of such rights (Romans 13:1-14; 14:7).