Native American Bible College

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Native American Bible College
Native American Bible College

Native American Bible College (NABC), located in Shannon, North Carolina, is affiliated with the Assemblies of God USA. While the primary purpose of NABC is to train the Native Americans to reach their own people, the College welcomes students from all ethnic backgrounds.

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Both written records and personal recollections affirm that the 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, and was approved and supported by Assemblies of God US Missions. For over nine years, night classes were held in three Indian churches in the area: 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 1977, NABC expanded its program to include a three-year day program in addition to the night classes being offered. In 1978, a multipurpose building was constructed, containing classrooms, offices, a library, and a chapel. In 1990, the Charles Cookman Residence Hall was completed. In 1993, the College transitioned 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 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.

In 2004-05, a fourth year was added, and NABC had its first Bachelor of Religious Education degree graduates in Spring 2005. Over the years adequate facilities, including a centrally located, easily accessible library, have been developed on the campus.

Degrees offered

Native American Bible College offers a 4-year Bachelor of Religious Education degree with a dual-major. The first major taken by all students is in Bible. In addition, the student may choose a second major in Ministerial Studies, Christian Education or Missions. The academic program prepares the student for service and leadership in the church and the world.

NABC also offers a 2-year Associate of Religious Education degree and 3-year diploma program.


Native American Bible College holds applicant status with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those colleges that meet the COA-ABHE conditions of eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving candidate status within four years.

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