Our Missionary Purpose

Both written records and personal recollections affirm that the original desire to establish a Bible college to meet the spiritual needs of the Indian population in Southeastern North Carolina was planted by God in many hearts. Originally known as Eastern Indian Bible Institute, Native American Bible College was founded in Fayetteville, North Carolina in January 1968, approved and supported by Assemblies of God US Missions. For over nine years, night classes were held in three churches in the Section: Fayetteville Assembly of God, Faith Assembly of God in St. Pauls, and Shannon Assembly of God.

In 1975, one hundred acres of land, located in Shannon, North Carolina, was purchased for a campus site. In 1978, a multipurpose building was constructed, containing classrooms, offices, library, and chapel. In 1990, the Charles Cookman Residence Hall was completed. In 1993, the College moved from a North Carolina District sponsored school to a regional school, sponsored by five Southeastern Districts of the Assemblies of God. In 1994, the Board of Directors changed the name of the school from Eastern Indian Bible Institute to Native American Bible College. The same year, a cafeteria was added to the campus. In 1998, a classroom building with a seating capacity of 150 students was completed, and the original multipurpose building was remodeled. In 2000, the multipurpose building was enlarged to accommodate the expanding library. In 2001, a chapel (later named Peter Knutsen Chapel) was erected. In 2006, a second dormitory, including a student center, was completed. 

Beginning with night classes, NABC instituted a three-year diploma day program in 1977. In the Fall semester 2001, the College began offering an Associate of Religious Education degree, and in the Fall semester 2004, the College began offering a four-year Bachelor of Religious Education degree. NABC had its first Bachelor of Religious Education degree graduates in Spring 2005.

The following leaders have served as President of Native American Bible College:

  1. Reverend Charles Hadden                     January 1968 – June 1977

  2. Reverend Rodger Cree                         July 1977 – June 1982

  3. Reverend Roy Clark                              July 1982 – July 1984

  4. Reverend Hollis Stanford                       July 1984 – June 1986

  5. Reverend Charles Cookman                   July 1986 – December 1990

  6. Reverend David Dalton                         January 1991 – December 1992

  7. Reverend James Kelly                           January 1993 – December 2005

  8. Reverend Paul Kaminer                         January 2006 – July 2007

  9. Reverend Gilbert Walker                       September 2007 – December 2009

  10. Reverend James Kelly                           December 2009 – May 2010

  11. Reverend James Keys                           June 2010 – Present

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