Facts

  • Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) institution of higher education in State of Texas, 2010
  • Independent and non-denominational
  • Founders
    • Dr. James E. Leggett, Founding President (2010-2013)
    • Rev. Paul Helbig, Bible Institute Co-founder and Lead Faculty (2008-present)
    • Mr. Dan Dunham, Founding Board of Trustees Chair (2010-2013)
    • Grace Fellowship UMC, Seed funding for launch (2010-2011)
  • Executive Officers
    • President – Dr. K. Lynn Lewis
    • Provost - Dr. Steve Adamson
    • Vice-President of Finance and Administration – Mr. Rick McCalip
    • Board of Trustees Chair – Mrs. Heidi Arneson
    • (Board of Trustees - 13 members currently representing 5 churches and 4 denominations)
  • Master of Divinity program (32 graduate courses, 96-hours)
    • First classes offered in Fall 2012, and first 8 graduates in May 2015
  • Master of Arts program (20 graduate courses, 60-hours)
    • Added in 2015
    • First graduate in May 2015
  • Dual Degree Completion program (Dual track to obtain both a Bachelor's and Master's degree)
    • Added in 2015
  • Professional License program (8 graduate courses, range of 16-30 hours)
    • Added in 2015
  • Bible Certificate program (8 certificate courses)
    • Over 600 students since first classes offered in 2008
    • First graduates in December 2012, and 21 total graduates as of May 2015
  • Faculty
    • One full-time professor, and two full-time administrators who also teach
    • 13 adjunct professors
    • More than 30 professionals who serve as mentors and visiting teachers
  • Unique Features
    • In-depth training in all 66 books of the Bible
    • Comprehensive, relevant curriculum for the 21st century ministry
    • Local church mentoring and training opportunities throughout the entire degree program
    • Educational experiences include classroom teaching, on-site visits and teaching in numerous regional locations, and on-site teaching in more than 60 locations in Israel
  • Special program elements
    • Holy Land Study Tour opportunity
    • Technological ministry study and resource tools
    • Multiple experiential learning opportunities
    • Fundraising training and assistance with emphasis on graduating with no seminary debt
  • Commitment to distinctively clear doctrinal and ethos statements
  • Commitment to seven core values
    • Lordship of Christ
    • Bible as fully true word of God
    • Prayer
    • Unreached Peoples
    • The Local Church
    • Community
    • Compassion
  • Licensing
    • Exemption granted by Texas Workforce Commission, March 2011
    • Exemption granted by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, May 2011
    • Affiliate Member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) since 2012