Baptist Bible College is a conservative bible college affiliated and owned by the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, founded in 1950 and located in Springfield, Missouri. The college offers professional certificates, associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees related primarily to ministerial and educational areas of study.
It was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
in 2001 and is also accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education
(ABHE), Commission on Accreditation. Both groups are United States Department of Education
and Council for Higher Education Accreditation
recognized accrediting agencies.
Baptist Bible College has its origins in a May 1950 meeting of Baptist ministers at the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth
. In the summer of 1950 land was bought at the intersection of Summit and Kearney roads in Springfield, Missouri. This former five-acre city park was turned into dormitories, which opened on September 5
. From the founding until 1975, George Beauchamp Vick
, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan
(currently NorthRidge Church), was the president of the college.
The vice president of the college, W. E. Dowell, Sr., then became the president until the fall of 1985. In 2001, BBC received probationary accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Mike Randall was installed as the fifth president on February 20, 2002. At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, Jim Edge took office. He has since developed positive growth in the school.
is $13,610 per year for a student taking between 12 - 18 hours of coursework. Room and board costs are approximately $5,400 for students residing on-campus. However, a Founder's Scholarship is awarded to all students upon admission to the college for $5,500 to $9,500 per year depending upon prior GPA.
Baptist Bible College is a Division II member of the National Christian College Athletic Association
and maintains intercollegiate men's and women's basketball, co-ed soccer, and women's volleyball teams.
BBC offers many of its degrees to both male and female students. However, some degree programs differ depending upon the gender of the student with some programs not available at all to students of a different gender. For example, BBC offers a Bachelor of Arts/Sciences with a major in Church Education to men only. Also, some majors include minors that are available only to members of a single gender. For example, BBC's Bachelor of Arts/Sciences with a major in Missions is only available with a Youth Minor for male students. Female students however, are allowed to enroll in a course of study with a number of minors including: Children’s Ministries, Business, Educational Studies, Early Childhood Education, and Music.