Corban University

Corban is a private university in the Pacific Northwest with an 85-year history of educating Christians to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Situated on a beautiful forested hillside overlooking Oregon’s capital, Corban is only an hour from Portland, the Cascade Mountains, and the Oregon coast. Academic excellenc... Read more




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Vacant position
Dr. Thomas Cornman
Interim President


We Believe in the Bodily Resurrection

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, the unsaved to everlasting punishment, and the saved to an everlasting, blessed life with God.

We Believe in the Imminent...

We believe in the imminent and glorious return of Jesus Christ, who will gather His people, raise the dead, judge the nations, establish His millennial kingdom on earth, and fulfill His promises to Israel.

We Believe Angels are Spirit...

We believe angels are spirit beings created to serve and worship God, that some rebelled and followed Satan, and that this rebellion was defeated at the cross.

We Believe the Church...

We believe the Church, the Body of Christ, began at Pentecost and is expressed in the world through local churches. Its mission is to worship God, make disciples of all peoples, and live out the Gospel until Christ returns. It observes two ordinances: the believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. The church is distinct from the state and upholds the individual’s freedom before God in matters of faith.

We Believe the Death of Jesus Christ Was...

We believe the death of Jesus Christ was a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Before the creation of the universe, God sovereignly chose some from among sinful humanity to receive His grace in Christ. Salvation is received by God’s grace through faith apart from any works. Believers are saved eternally, progressively transformed into Christ-likeness in this life, and will be perfected at His coming.

We Believe the Entire Human Race...

We believe the entire human race suffered spiritual death and became alienated from God and subject to physical death as a result of the disobedience of Adam, the first human.

We Believe God Specially...

We believe God specially and directly created human beings in His image. Human life is sacred, beginning at conception. God created humans male and female and has ordained marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

We Believe the Holy Spirit Indwells

We believe the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living, and gifts them for service. Some spiritual gifts are not normative for today because they were given to authenticate the Gospel and establish the early church.

We Believe Jesus Christ is True God...

We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, existing as one person. He was virgin born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, was raised physically from the dead, and has ascended into heaven.

We Believe the Biblical Account...

We believe the biblical account of creation is neither allegory nor myth, but an historical account of the miraculous creative acts of God. All creation was good before the intrusion of sin and death.

We Believe in the One...

We believe in the one true, personal, sovereign, eternal God, who is Spirit, and is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He exists in three equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We Believe the Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are divinely inspired and without error in the original writings. They are to be understood in their normal literary sense and serve as the final authority in all matters of faith and life.

We Believe God Has Revealed Himself...

We believe God has revealed Himself in creation, in the Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ. God is the source of all truth.

We Stand Against Discrimination

Because we believe that all persons are created in the image of God, we must treat everyone with dignity and respect, even as we exercise our legally guaranteed religious freedoms. Corban University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

We Respect Those with Different Views

Many of the positions contained in this summary have been vigorously debated by earnest followers of Jesus Christ throughout the history of the Church, and perhaps even more so in our current generation. This document is intended to clearly express our long-held positions in order to eliminate misunderstanding among those who would consider joining our campus community.

We Are Committed to a Unified Community

All faculty, staff, and administration must agree without reservation to the Statement of Faith, wholeheartedly support the school’s mission, agree to abide by the Community Life Standards, and be actively engaged in their local church.

We Strive for Clarity

We strive for complete clarity with prospective students and their parents, and with applicants seeking employment at any level. Corban University isn’t right for everyone, but it is the perfect fit for many. Our long-held, clearly articulated, and readily available positions on faith and its expression should help prospective students and employees determine if Corban University is consistent with their own beliefs, values, and lifestyle.

What We Believe

As a faith-based institution, Corban’s founders and successive boards have prioritized a clear statement of faith that defines the beliefs we hold in common. The statement includes reference to God’s revelation of Himself through creation, the Scriptures, and in Jesus Christ; a commitment to inerrancy; the Trinity; the biblical account of creation; the entrance of sin into the world through Adam; and the central redemptive role of Jesus Christ as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.

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