On December 21, 2000, the two Divisions of the Evangelical Holiness Churches in Southern California formed a special committee to discuss the establishment of a denominational theological college and seminary for training missionaries, pastors, and lay persons.
On January 30, 2001, the Board of Trustees was organized for running a denominational theological college and seminary. The college and seminary was named as America Evangelical University. Dr. Chung Kuhn Lee was appointed as the first president.
On February 14, 2001, the California Evangelical College & Seminary was established as a non-profit religious organization for promoting its theological education.
On May 24, 2001, the California Evangelical College & Seminary was officially opened as a denominational college and seminary in Southern California by having a opening worship ceremony for the School.