From its inception, Saint Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who impact the world for Christ. The College was founded to meet the ministry needs of the St. Louis region. In 1956 Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris and Vernon Newland proposed to found a Bible college as a "center of evangelism" for the St. Louis region. Out of that proposal, Saint Louis Christian College was established.
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Saint Louis Christian College is an accredited institution with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Other schools accredited by the ABHE:
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While personnel change periodically, the focus of the college remains unchanged. Saint Louis Christian College continues to serve the St. Louis community by equipping men and women to impact the world for Christ. Graduates from SLCC travel throughout the United States and the world, sharing their knowledge and teaching others the gospel.
In an effort to reduce the amount of debt students incur throughout their college careers, SLCC offers free full-tuition scholarships to full-time students living on campus . This enables graduates to enter a ministry without the weight of student loan debt.
Today, Saint Louis Christian College is a four-year, higher education institution which also offers degrees at the associate level. It serves traditional day students and also provides a convenient alternative to adults pursuing a career change or additional education. All SLCC students benefit from the experience and knowledge of our staff as well as the opportunity to serve a variety of congregations.
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"Saint Louis Christian College pursues excellence in the Word and develops
servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural, and global ministry."
What does this mission mean?
ST. LOUIS... Located in St. Louis County in Florissant, Missouri, Saint Louis Christian College has the benefit of being within minutes of vibrant churches, work opportunities, multiple education institutions, and cultural experiences.
CHRISTIAN COLLEGE... Founded and primarily sustained by members of Christian Churches with a Stone-Campell Restoration Movement heritage, this institution of higher education integrates biblical, general, and professional studies with practical experience.
PURSUES... College requires a serious commitment. We employ every possible means to accomplish our mission. We move forward in action to see our students succeed.
EXCELLENCE... Superiority in achievement is at the heart of everything we do on our campus.
IN THE WORD... The Word of God defines who we are and what we do.
AND DEVELOPS... Education is a pilgrimage and a journey. The development process that takes places in our students takes discipline and time.
SERVANT LEADERS... A servant leader has an understanding of ministry developed from the example and teaching of Christ. It is a hands-on approach to ministry that is willing to get dirty and serve in the darkest places to make a Kingdom difference around the world.
FOR URBAN, SUBURBAN, RURAL, AND GLOBAL MINISTRY... We prepare our alumni for ministry wherever God calls them.
How does this mission impact SLCC?
From its inception, Saint Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who can handle the Word and provide ministry with excellence in urban centers and rural communities around the world. The college was founded to meet the ministry needs of the Saint Louis region. In June 1956, three Saint Louis ministers met to discuss a common concern: the need for leadership in the churches of the Saint Louis region. Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland reviewed the evangelistic decline of the previous quarter century and proposed to found a Bible college as a “center of evangelism” for the Saint Louis region. Out of that proposal, Saint Louis Christian College was established.
In the first year, faculty responsibilities were distributed among 11 ministers. Nineteen students enrolled. In the following years, full-time teachers were appointed and an 11.5 acre campus was secured at the present location. Luther Perrine became the first president in 1957. Russell Boatman became academic dean in 1962, serving in that capacity through June 1978. Glenn Bourne became president in June 1966. He served in that capacity through June 1978. Saint Louis Christian College attained accreditation with the American Association of Bible Colleges and enjoyed growth in facilities, faculty, enrollment and influence during the Bourne-Boatman administration.
Thomas McGee succeeded Glenn Bourne as president in August 1979. He served as president of the college for 16 years, the longest of any president during the 39 years of the college’s history. During his visionary leadership, over 300 students were graduated. They served Christ from coast to coast in the United States and around the world. Under his leadership, the Adults in Ministry (AIM) degree-completion program was started, Boldly Beyond 2000 (a capital gifts program for President’s Hall) reached $1.2 million, debt was significantly reduced, and relationships with churches were strengthened. President McGee assembled a highly qualified and motivated faculty and staff. Saint Louis Christian College received an enrollment growth award from Christianity Today and the AABC. The college had the highest enrollment growth of member colleges of its size. Enrollment was at 194, the second highest the school had ever experienced. Saint Louis Christian College continued to refine and revise programs to achieve the mission of equipping men and women to impact the world for Christ.
The 1995-1996 academic year marked the beginning of Dr. Kenneth Beck’s tenure as the fourth president of Saint Louis Christian College until 2004. Dr. Beck’s tenure with the college was highlighted by significant enhancement of the institution’s facilities providing students with a comfortable environment in which to learn.
From 2004 - 2006 St. Louis Christian College was led by a five-man Presidential Transition Team. Team members included two senior ministers; Ben Merold of Harvester Christian Church and Paul Newland of Gateway Christian Church; and three operational staff members of SLCC; Jamie Lankford, finance officer, Kendall Brune, development officer, and Keith McCaslin, academic officer. The Presidential Team under the direction of the Board of Trustees led the college in a new strategic direction. Two years ago Saint Louis Christian College recognized it was facing the growing challenge of recruiting a relatively small pool of students, given the very specific nature of the type of degrees the college offers, in a highly competitive market. To offer a more competitive approach to attract students and address the two greatest concerns prospective students and their parents face – the rising cost of higher education and the increasing indebtedness with which college students are graduating –Saint Louis Christian College began to offer full tuition scholarships to all full time residential students. Full time residential students are charged room and board fees and an additional student services fee each semester. To address the needs of our non-traditional AIM and commuter students’, tuition was cut in half for full time students. Any students not living on campus and taking less than 12 hours are charged regular tuition rates.
In June of 2006, Dr. Guthrie Veech accepted the call from the Board of Trustees to become the fifth president in the college’s 50-year history. He brings a balance of academic expertise from the college classroom and ministry experience from the local congregation.
While personnel change periodically, the college’s focus remains unchanged. Saint Louis Christian College continues to exist to commit the gospel of Christ to faithful people who will be able to teach others around the globe. The mission remains ministry. Alumni of Saint Louis Christian College serve throughout the United States and around the world sharing the good news of Christ to faithful people so that they in turn will be able to teach others the message of life.
Saint Louis Christian College is a private, church-related, coeducational institution in the tradition of the Bible college movement. Seeking to be faithful to the ideals of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement heritage, Saint Louis Christian College is committed in all policies and practices to the pursuit and exposition of truth as revealed in the Bible, the Word of God, and in creation, the world of God.
Saint Louis Christian College recognizes that skilled leaders must have a working foundation of general knowledge. We therefore provide for a well-rounded education, enrolling students in courses focusing on communication, the sciences, the humanities, and the individual’s role in society.
Further, the college is committed to providing a positive and supportive Christian environment in which students can examine their giftedness, experiment in various ministry possibilities, and engage their full potential in committing themselves to a lifetime of servant-leadership to God, the church, and the world. To achieve this end, instructional and institutional assessment efforts regularly analyze the level of student learning and introduce changes to improve student academic achievement.
SLCC recruits and retains highly qualified faculty members from within the membership of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ who are committed to the pursuit of scholarship and instructional procedures that facilitate student learning, excellence in the Word, servant leadership, and ministry.
Saint Louis Christian College offers both traditional student and non-traditional adult undergraduate curricular programs in both two-year (Associate of Arts in General Studies; Associate of Applied Science in Intercultural & Urban Missions, Biblical Studies, or Preaching Ministry) and four-year (Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science) degrees.
Saint Louis Christian College adheres to the standards established by the ABHE and other accrediting associations with which we affiliate. Saint Louis Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (formerly The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges).
Saint Louis Christian College was granted candidacy status in 1974, accreditation status in 1977, and was reaffirmed in 1998. Member colleges of ABHE are also recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation), the national accrediting organization that serves as an umbrella over all the recognized accrediting bodies, including the regional associations.
ABHE is also listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized agency for biblical higher education. The Association's member institutions are recognized by the Department of Justice, the Veteran's Administration, and other relevant federal agencies in the United States.
Finally, ABHE is recognized by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, the theological education affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance.
The churches have indicated their approval of Saint Louis Christian College by their support in financial gifts, by sending men and women to be trained for Christian service, and by employing Saint Louis Christian College alumni. The Missouri State Department of Education has approved the college for the education of veterans. Saint Louis Christian College, listed in the Directory of Higher Education, is eligible for participation in many federal grant and loan programs, such as the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program, and the Federal PLUS Loan Program.
As a Bible college, all bachelor-degree students earn a major in Bible and a second major in one of several areas: Educational Ministries (Children’s Ministry; Student Ministries; and Discipleship & Involvement minors), Intercultural & Urban Missions, Preaching Ministry, Worship & Music Ministry, and Christian Ministry (non-traditional Adults In Ministry program). The Christian worldview permeates all programs, disciplines, and courses. As a result, the Bible is central, integrating biblical principles and leadership training into the historic tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.
Saint Louis Christian College desires to educate learners and to equip them for service to God. Saint Louis Christian College seeks learners who are:
- committed to Christ, highly motivated to serve God and the church,
- capable of successfully completing the academic rigors of college education,
- willing to assimilate both knowledge and skills through service and mentored off-campus learning experiences,
- drawn from a diversity of geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Without any effort to be exhaustive in setting forth the things we believe, but rather to provide an accurate summary of our faith system, the trustees, administration, and faculty affirm belief in the following areas:
God - We affirm our belief in the one eternal God, Creator, Lord, and Savior of the world, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of His will.
The Bible - We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
Man - We affirm that all men and women are unique individuals, created in God's image, capable of intimate fellowship with Him and with the potential for personal fulfillment and positive social good. We further affirm that all men and women, by virtue of Adam's sin and their own personal rebellion, are sinners demonstrating their sinfulness in numerous personal and social dimensions.
Salvation through Christ - We affirm that there is only one Savior and only one gospel. Jesus Christ, being Himself the only God-man, who gave Himself as the only ransom for sinners by His death on the cross, is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which we must be saved.
Salvation by Faith - We affirm that individuals receive the benefits of Christ's salvation by a response of
wholehearted faith in Him. This response of faith necessarily involves repentance from sin, public confession of faith in Christ, baptism by immersion, and lifelong obedience to Christ.
The Church - We affirm that the church is the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, the community of believers, and primary manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth. The well-being of the believer, the progress of the gospel, and the health of society at large are promoted by the vital functioning of Christian congregations in every level of society.
Evangelism - We affirm that Christ sends His redeemed people into the world as the Father sent Him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. World evangelization requires the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
Christian Unity - We affirm that division is a hindrance to the work of evangelism and we recognize that Christ prayed that His followers might all be one. As a result, we firmly advocate the restoration of the church revealed in the Scriptures as the only sure way to achieve Christian unity.
Social Responsibility - We affirm that God is both Creator and the Judge of all men. We therefore should share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men from every kind of oppression.
The Power of the Holy Spirit - We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent His Spirit to bear witness to His Son; without His witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth, and Christian growth are all His work. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) is the primary evidence of the Spirit's work in the believer's life.
The Return of Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory to consummate His salvation and His judgment. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect His kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever.
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Alumni of Saint Louis Christian College strategically shape the world as faithful servant-leaders for Christ.
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As an institution of Christian higher education, Saint Louis Christian College embraces and promotes:
Bible knowledge - Saint Louis Christian College is a Bible college where every baccalaureate graduate pursues a major in Biblical and theological studies. The Bible’s message informs our understanding of the purpose and predicament of human life, the history of the world, the nature and mission of the Church, and the nature and goal of ministry.; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (II Tim 3:16-17)
Christian character - Saint Louis Christian College believes that servants of Christ must live by the example and teaching of Christ. We believe that the classical virtues of wisdom, courage, self-control, justice, faith, hope, and love are exemplified by the life of Christ. He, in perfect humility, taught us first to love God and then to love our neighbors as ourselves. The college’s Code of Student Conduct reflects and encourages these values as do our hiring practices and academic programs. “I gave you an example, that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:15)
Ministry skills - Because our graduates are called to be servant-leaders in their chosen fields of ministry, they possess the skills to relate to people of many backgrounds, the heart to serve them in their brokenness, and the judgment to effectively apply the Scriptures to life’s diverse situations. Students are challenged and helped to identify and develop their spiritual gifts and are placed in settings to practice those gifts skillfully. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (I Peter 4:10-11)
Christian worldview - A broad base of academic knowledge is fundamental to becoming an educated person who effectively reasons and interacts in society. At the center of a Christian view of life and the world is the proposition that humans and the universe in which they live were created by the God who has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. God is the source of all truth, not just religious truth; and the Bible provides the basis for the ordering of all knowledge. The curriculum at Saint Louis Christian College integrates thought and life across a broad academic range and fosters in students a lifelong appreciation for the independent value of knowing. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Proverbs 1:7) “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52)
Christian community - Saint Louis Christian College is a diverse community of believers united by Christ in mission and purpose. The intimacy of our campus provides a unique atmosphere for developing lifelong relationships. However, our community extends beyond the boundaries of our campus and into the city in which we live, the church that we serve, and the world we want to reach. “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42 – 47) (See also Romans 12:4-8 and Ephesians 4: 11-13)
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To create an environment that allows the College’s educational processes to operate at their maximum effectiveness, Saint Louis Christian College has adopted the following institutional goals:
- Learners will be enrolled in programs of study that (1) maximize abilities and giftedness, (2) logically develop understanding, and (3) promote an appreciation of how the biblical truths interact with the liberal arts and professions to form a worldview that correctly discerns truth and teaches respect for God and mankind.
- Learners will have the support of personnel and organizations that seek to develop a caring environment, provide appropriate counsel, and encourage involvement for the purpose of maturing individuals who will become leaders in local churches and service organizations.
- Caring individuals, who demonstrate an understanding of personal circumstances and needs, will provide the learners with an attractive physical environment and support services that reduce distractions and maximize the learning experience.
- Qualified potential learners will become acquainted with and enrolled in the institution by receiving attractive, accurate information and assistance in a respectful and timely fashion.
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Expected Student Outcomes
Upon completion of a program of study at Saint Louis Christian College, the student will be characterized by:
- Sound Interpretation - Demonstrate a base of Bible knowledge to accept, interpret, and apply scriptural principles.
- Solid Analysis - Demonstrate a foundational knowledge base to promote critical thought and build a more informed worldview.
- Skillful Communication - Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Sensitive Integration - Demonstrate a growing appreciation of the multicultural world and the resulting implications for ministry.
- Sustained Self-Development - Demonstrate personal development skills necessary for lifelong learning and wellness.
- Scriptural Values - Demonstrate a personalized biblically-grounded value system.
- Social Relationships - Demonstrate healthy interpersonal relationship skills emphasizing especially the Christian principle of loving others.
- Stone-Campbell Heritage - Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the ideals of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement of the church.
- Strategic Leadership - Demonstrate leadership and management skills appropriate to Christian ministry.
- Servant-Minded Discipleship - Demonstrate a growing commitment to the advancement of the church through evangelism, discipleship, and service.
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The mission of the SLCC Library is to support the preparation of Christian leaders by providing services and resources to meet the present and ongoing informational and instructional needs of our students, faculty, staff, and the broader academic community.
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Saint Louis Christian College is situated in the heart of the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. Nestled among the trees of Florissant, the largest city in the St. Louis metro area, SLCC sits within 45 minutes of many types of ministry opportunities.
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