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Act Five is a 7+ month Christian gap year program filled with adventure, travel, service, learning and mentorship.

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Place yourself in a close-knit and locally rooted community as you discover who you are, why your Christian faith matters, where you are going next, and how you want to engage in the world around you.

Through ACT FIVE You Can...

  • Discover future pathways
  • Deepen your faith and relationship with God
  • Explore outside your comfort zone
  • Form lasting relationships with peers and mentors
  • Earn university credits Course Info
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Program Highlights

Live, eat and worship together in a community home in downtown Hamilton.

A nine-day canoe trip, winter camping trip and spring backpacking trip with Coldwater Canada to frame the year.

A variety of field placements among Hamilton businesses, non-profit organizations, and trades.

Four-week cross cultural service trip in partnership with global missions organizations.

Visit Pittsburgh and participate in the Jubilee Conference.

Learn from Indigenous communities, including time on First Nations reserves throughout Ontario.

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Slow down and make space to find real answers you can put into practice.

It’s not just ideas that form us. It’s what we do, who we spend time with, the places we hang out, and the habits we form. Act Five is about preparing for your future while growing as a disciple of Jesus right now.

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“Before starting this program, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to study and I was ready to start. God led me here instead, and I've realized that without the education and experiences I've been learning, I would be missing so much.”

Autumn Bosch

Act Five Student — Class of '20

“To put investment into mentors and teachers and housemates that will only love your child and want the best for them, and to invest in a community that is a safe place for them to grow, to fall, and to learn who they are… I ask myself, ‘What’s the rush?’ Act Five is a program that sets you up only for success. It is such an intentional program.”

Rosanna Soh


“I would call Act Five an example of not higher education but deeper education, a way for students to come together in community, to be intentional in the place they live, and to bring holistic learning that includes work and prayer into their education.”

Ben McCollough

A Rocha Ontario

“There are now words I can’t seem to un-hear lately and I’m sure that won’t stop for a long time – those being: community, environment, and hummus. I believe with my whole heart that Act Five is for the writer, the creator, the thinker, the do-er, and the dreamer. It’s for the realist, the foodie, the willing, the brave, the broken - the ones in the midst of healing.”

Jamie Bouwman

Act Five Student — Class of '20

“The beauty of Act Five is that you do have opportunities to travel… but you’re not just left there with cool pictures on a phone… you have transformative experiences that become translatable skills for you to carry with you in life.”

Darren and Sarah Bosch


“Along the way I’ve met many dreamers, people who think something up and somehow turn it into a reality. I’ve met professors and authors, poets and environmentalists, pastors and guides, and perhaps the most significant one - I’ve met Jesus and through him God.”

Arissa VandeBurgt

Act Five Student — Class of '20

“There’s a certain pressure to want to get on with our life. The beauty of Act Five from my perspective is that it may seem like you’re hitting the pause button in life, but it’s actually a significant investment in building community, but also in faith formation - seeking opportunities that you may not otherwise have in life.”

Hank DeJong

Formerly with EduDeo Ministries

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Latest News

Alumni Matt writes that "Act Five taught me a lot about what it means to listen well. The importance of listening well has continued to grow in my life, whether it be with family, friends old and new, and even in business."
March 7, 2021
The unpredictability and restrictions of the past year have been a gift for Act Five because they have allowed us to hold fast to who we are called to be: waiting on the Lord in the face of circumstances we could not predict nor control.
February 27, 2021
With Covid affecting so much of our lives, the friendships I made and the lessons I learned in Act Five have become doubly valuable, and I’m so grateful that God directed me down that path. 
February 5, 2021

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