It is the purpose of Native American Bible College of the Assemblies of God, Inc. (NABC) to equip Christians, particularly Native American Christians, through collegiate education in a Pentecostal environment to be effective in ministry to God, the Church, and the world. NABC shall remain loyal to the teachings of the Assemblies of God as set forth in the Sixteen Fundamental Truths.
Although NABC exists to train Native Americans, the school welcomes students from all races and ethnic backgrounds.
Location and Campus Housing
Native American Bible College offers a unique setting for study: the College is located in the traditional homeland of the Lumbee Indian tribe, in Shannon, North Carolina, 25 miles south of Fayetteville. It is situated between the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Coast. Students have opportunity for multicultural experiences in the classroom as well as in the local churches.
Housing for single students is available in the dormitories on campus.
Programs of Study
Native American Bible College offers the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Religious Education
- Associate of Religious Education
The student will choose one of the three dual majors available:
- Bible and Christian Education
- Bible and Ministerial Studies
- Bible and Missions
Students also have the option to pursue a three-year diploma program with a concentration in one of the following areas: Bible, Christian Education, or Ministerial Studies.
Upon graduation from Native American Bible College the student will:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of and deep appreciation for the Bible as the infallible and inspired Word of God, affirming the Bible as the only infallible guide for Christian faith and practice, possessing habits of devotional Bible reading and private prayer, and be able to share God’s Word to both the saved and unsaved.
- Embrace a Christian worldview predicated on a working knowledge of contrasting philosophical and religious views and become a mature, informed, and effective Christian leader in a complex and diverse society, which will provide for an effective ministry.
- Identify and understand personal spiritual gifts and use his or her gifts effectively in the ministry, developing ministry skills and determining personal ministry strengths and gifts, and giving evidence of skills for effective spiritual leadership.
- Exhibit a commitment to Holy living under-girded by an understanding of Pentecostal theology, producing one who is a committed Christian; growing in Godly character, personal discipline, and spiritual discernment, obedient to the Word of God, and driven by a passionate heart to serve God in life and ministry.
- Possess career goals in accord with one’s life calling with special attention given to credentialed and lay ministers, demonstrating a commitment to ministering to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of others, in a way that leads to the betterment of humanity.
- Exhibit skills and knowledge necessary for lifelong learning in all fields of thought, both secular and religious, having a foundation in general education, Bible, and theology in order to serve in a diverse religious and ethnic culture.
Philosophy of Education
Native American Bible College holds the concept of education as cultivating growth spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. Every effort and objective of NABC focuses on the Christian philosophy of learning. We believe that all wisdom and knowledge comes from God and that His Spirit is ever present to reveal this wisdom and knowledge to man. The Word of God is the final authority in all courses and programs at NABC.
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, approved and supported by Assemblies of God US Missions. For over nine years, night classes were held in three Indian 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:
Reverend Charles Hadden January 1968 – June 1977
Reverend Rodger Cree July 1977 – June 1982
Reverend Roy Clark July 1982 – July 1984
Reverend Hollis Stanford July 1984 – June 1986
Reverend Charles Cookman July 1986 – December 1990
Reverend David Dalton January 1991 – December 1992
Reverend James Kelly January 1993 – December 2005
Reverend Paul Kaminer January 2006 – July 2007
Reverend Gilbert Walker September 2007 – December 2009
Reverend James Kelly December 2009 – May 2010
Reverend James Keys June 2010 – Present