To fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and make disciple of all nation by providing and holistic theological and ministry training.

MEC was started in order to equip, train SIB workers and those from other denominations for service in the evangelical tradition; doctrinally, biblically, theologically, to be able to preach, teach from the Bible competently; to inculcate sound Christian moral character to serve as pastors, teachers, evangelists locally and abroad. 

MALAYSIA EVANGELICAL COLLEGE is a Bible Training College of Borneo Evangelical Mission (BEM) that provides tertiary-level theological education and ministerial training for those who desire a more effective service in the local church as well as through their vocations.

MEC began as the English stream of Lawas Bible School in 1968 with a handful of students. in August 1972, the English stream of the Bible School moved from Lawas to Miri and was known as Miri Bible College. After moving to its presents permanent campus at Lot 67, Jalan Cosmos, Pelita Garden, Krokop, Miri, in July 1983, it was renamed Malaysia Evangelical College-a name it still retains. 

On April 4, 1998, MEC and Sekolah Theologia Atas (STA) Lawas merged as one college with two campuses. Our Miri Campus uses English and Bahasa Malaysia (started 2012) as the medium of instruction, while our Lawas Campus uses Bahasa Malaysia only. 

Our motto, "Training For Service", succinctly summarizes our philosophy. we believe that training must be a healthy balance of the academic, the practical and the reflective. our training therefore, is designed to develop within the student a good understanding of the Scripture and the Christian heritage (doctrine and history), mastery the part of ministry within the calling and the context of the student, and scholarship. 

We believe that theological education is not simply 'doing ministry' (where the sole focus is on ministry-oriented courses). Neither is it just doing research in the library or attending lectures in the classroom. Theological education consist of content (which focuses on the academic and is reflected in the Institution's curriculum and course syllabi). application (which focuses on the practical and is worked out in the student's practicum), and reflection (integration of theology/theory and practice in the life and ministry of the student). only when all three are properly maintained can the student be properly and truly "trained for service".