Emmanuel Christian College started as a training program for pastors using the Timothy Training Institute (TTI) curriculum to empower church leaders to be effective communicators of God’s Word. The training started in the late 1990s by George William in Ikotos town, Imotong State, in partnership with Africa Inland Church (AIC). In 2000, due to LRA activities in the then Eastern Equatoria, the program was moved to Yei town, Yei River State under the auspices of Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). However, due to the aerial bombardment of Yei Town by the Khartoum regime, the program was relocated with the help of Bishop Elias Taban of EPC to Goli, Yei River State. It was in Goli that the program developed into an institution that became known as Emmanuel Christian Training Center in 2001.
Other Programs such as the Teacher Education Certificate in partnership with Foundation for Cross Cultural Education (FCE), the Children Ministry Certificate in partnership with the Petra College, and the Pastor’s wife certificate were developed between 2003 and 2005. The institution has been serving all parts of the current South Sudan and Nuba Mountains attracting people from different denominations, tribes and nations. In 2010 the institution collaborated with South Africa Theological Seminary to offer Diploma and Bachelor of Theology programs. Mount Meru University in Tanzania joined to offer Certificate and Diploma of Education programs. The Diploma of Leadership and Management was offered in collaboration with St Paul’s University in Kenya.
In 2012 Emmanuel Christian Training Center changed its name to Emmanuel Christian College after it was granted permission to function as a college by the National Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
The College has grown tremendously from a single program at its inception to its current three academic departments with a students’ population of 350.