The Peace River Bible Institute's beginning was the result of Miss Hattie Kirk's vision for the Peace River country of Alberta. Miss Kirk, a product of the Bible institute movement of the 1920's, worked with the Central American Mission in Costa Rica. While there, she met and married Mr. Ephraim Monge.
Health problems required that she return to Canada. Enroute through Cuba, she saw a need for a Bible school on that island and helped establish the Cuban Bible Institute (later called the West Indies Mission).
During the depression of the 1930's, the Monge family settled in the Peace River country. Mrs. Monge communicated with Prairie Bible Institute of Three Hills, Alberta, asking that someone be sent to establish a school in the north.