South Texas Bible Institute was recognized and chartered as an institution of higher education by the state of Texas.

The first class at STBI began with twenty-six students but steadily gained in popularity among those seeking pastoral and ministry training, but also among those in the community seeking higher education from a Christian perspective.

STBI responded to this demand in the fall of 1955 by restructuring to a three-year institute to a four-year. In that same year, the board of trustees voted to change the name of the institution to Gulf-Coast Bible College (GBC). This allowed the school to move toward possible accreditation and the acceptance of GBC credits by other colleges and universities.

Expansion and Accreditation

In 1966, Gulf-Coast Bible College became an associate member of the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC).
Full membership was granted by the AABC, in 1968, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting association, granted GBC full accreditation in 1978.

Church of God (Anderson, IN)

From GBCs early beginnings, it was the intent for the school to be part of the larger Church of God movement that was linked to Anderson, IN.

 

The relationship between the college and the Church of God began in June of 1968, when the university was known as Gulf-Coast Bible College, and still located in Houston, Texas. In June of that year, GBC became a general agency of the Church of God (Anderson, IN).

As a result of this action by the General Assembly, the GBC was granted representation on the Executive Council of the Church of God and full membership on the Commission on Higher Education of the Church of God.

The Move to Oklahoma City

In 1975, John W. Conley became the second president of GBC, serving until 1988.

In 1983, without sufficient room for expansion at the Houston location, and after a lengthy study of the situation, it was determined that the college should be relocated to Oklahoma City.

May 9, 1984, ground was broken for the new campus, and the new campus dedication occurred September 5-8, 1985.

In recognition of the relocation, the college was renamed: Mid-America Bible College.

Dr. John Fozard Named President

In June of 1999, Board of Trustee member, Dr. John D. Fozard became president and continues in that role.

As president, Dr. Fozard has played a significant role in securing the financial stability of the university. As further indication of the institution’s growth, the college was renamed Mid-America Christian University in 2002.

Notably, President Fozard has spearheaded an unprecedented recruitment campaign that’s led to a 169% increase in student enrollment between the years of 2009-2012.

Kennedy Hall

On October 10, 2012, Mid-America Christian University held a groundbreaking service for a new 32,000-sq.-ft. educational facility that will be called Kennedy Hall.

The dedication of Kennedy Hall took place on January 10, 2014.  The building was in full use at the start of the Spring 2014 semester.

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