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Aldersgate College was founded in 1965 by pioneering Methodist lay leaders led by Mrs. Pilar D. Galima and Mr. Froilan B. Calata. The school was named Aldersgate, after the street in London where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt his heart strangely warmed, and realized that Salvation, which he believed can be attained through Wisdom and Piety, can only be finally achieved by the Grace of God through faith in Christ.

The experience of Aldersgate Street was the inspiration of this College, that whosoever passes through its portals comes out transformed: morally upright and spiritually awakened – a brave and sagacious leader, with an enlightened mind, a compassionate heart, and able and ready hands.

Aldersgate started as a Junior College offering Secretarial, Liberal Arts and Education courses, along with two laboratory schools offering elementary and secondary courses. While Aldersgate began in 1965 as a church school under the jurisdiction of the Northern Philippines Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, it was incorporated in 1970 while starting to send out its first batch of graduates.

In its early and most critical years, the faith and dedication of the following administrators merit special mention: Dana K. Tyson, the first Executive Dean (1965-70); Bishop Benjamin A. Justo, the first Director (1978-80); Rev. Thelma L. Case (1980-81) and Eduardo G. Magalued, Officer-in-Charge (1981-September, 1982);

Thereafter, Junifen F. Gauuan, Ph.D. served for almost 32 years: as Director, starting October 1982; then as the first College President starting from 1990, until May 31, 2014. He assumed the Presidency of Philippine Christian University in June 2014. With his innovative leadership and vast resource linkages, he jumpstarted rapid expansion in academic programs, research, extension, and infrastructure. Under his watch, educational systems and resources for blended and pure online instruction were created; and an array of international education and resource development partnerships were achieved.

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