Arlington Baptist College
|Arlington Baptist College|
|Motto||Into All The World With All The Word|
|Location||Arlington, Texas, United States|
|Former names||Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute, Bible Baptist Seminary|
|Colors||Blue & White|
Arlington Baptist College is a private, four-year Bible college in Arlington, Texas. It is the official education institution of the World Baptist Fellowship which offers both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.
The college was founded by J. Frank Norris in 1939 as Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute. The college started with sixteen students and held classes at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. The college's first graduates became pastors or missionaries through the World Fundamental Baptist Fellowship.
In 1945, the college was renamed the Bible Baptist Seminary.George B. Vick became the new president, but later Norris worried that Vick had been given too much power, so Norris regained control over the school and removed Vick as president. This angered many pastors who had reportedly grown tired of Norris' ways and who began to pull away from him, the college, and the World Baptist Fellowship. By 1950 these Pastors had established the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, with George Vick as president.
After Norris died in 1952, Earl K. Oldham became the college's president in 1953. In the 1950s, the college's name was changed to Arlington Baptist College, and it was moved to its present location. In 1980, Wayne Martin was appointed president. Then in 1992 Dr. Wendell Hiers served as interim President until the appointment of David Bryant in 1993. The current president of the college, D.L. Moody, was appointed in 2009.
In May 2011, the college appointed Ergun Caner to be Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs and a professor. Caner had been dean of the Liberty University seminary, but after questions were raised about his background, Liberty University investigated his background stating that "Dr. Caner has made factual statements that are self-contradictory . . . [in] matters such as dates, names and places of residence”. According to a local news report, one unnamed faculty member at Arlington Baptist College said, "I find it reprehensible that the leadership of the Arlington Baptist College would hire a man who is very clearly profiteering from the tragedy of September 11."
The Arlington campus is the site of the former Top O' Hill Terrace casino, which has been recognized with a Texas state historical marker. Historic features from the casino still present on the campus include a sandstone guardhouse, an iron gate, an open-air tea garden, and escape tunnels. Also on the campus is an 8-foot bronze sculpture of the college's founder, J. Frank Norris sculpted by Pompeo Coppini.
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