Cliff College has a long and rich heritage of providing Bible training to people from diverse backgrounds, for mission and evangelism. It started in 1883 in the home of its founder Thomas Champness in Bolton. He later moved into Castleton Hall at Rochdale where the work continued until he retired and the least at Castleton Hall expired. The Wesleyan Methodist church took over the work and moved the college to its current location, Calver (Sheffield), in 1904 where more space was available for the work. Since the beginning we have sought to provide Biblical, Evangelical training that is both relevant and forward-thinking, with an emphasis on Scriptural Holiness.
As a Bible College, we have a high standard of excellence with the courses we deliver in order to provide the best Bible training we can give so that people are equipped for the services of mission and evangelism. Cliff College currently serves most Christian denominations with its training. Historically, Cliff was a Methodist Lay Training college but now our student body is both lay and ordained and from a diverse denominational background, with our emphasis now being evangelical Christians.
“Cliff College is a unique place of academic study, worship and practical mission. Combining these three aspects provides Cliff College students the opportunity for personal growth unlike any other. From my time at Cliff I have been shaped by the ongoing exposure to relevant study and experienced many opportunities for mission that I am sure will aid me in future life.” Sam Lomas—Student 2015-2018.