Carolina Christian College
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2012)|
Carolina Christian College (CCC) is a special purpose, undergraduate institution. CCC educates persons for Christian ministries through a program of Biblical and theological studies, general education in the arts and sciences, and professional studies. Emphasis is placed upon cultural awareness and urban ministry that will prepare workers to establish and serve the church in the United States and around the world.
In 1945, Dr. R. L. Peters, an innovative black evangelist from the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, and J. W. West, a well known evangelist of the Appalachian Mountains, agreed together to begin a training school for black men and rural whites that aspired to leadership in Christian ministry but did not have access to quality education in this field. Dr. Peters led the training and equipping work, and Reverend West raised the finances.In a store-front building on Wheeler Street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, They started a school known at the time as The Christian Institute. This fledgling school facilitated the education of both black and white and male and female students in integrated classrooms during the turbulent days prior to the modern "Civil Rights Movement". Dr. Peters vision and desire to help the hurting and disenfranchised in our community also propelled him to start a mattress factory as his "tent ministry" employing the disabled. This business/ministry later became the "Industries for the Blind" in Winston-Salem.
In May 2007, the College's Board of Directors renamed the college "Carolina Christian College" . The College has developed a special emphasis on Urban Ministry. This focus is a natural outgrowth of the historical mission of educating African-Americans for leadership and ministry. Carolina Christian College has equipped and educated students from many foreign nations. Throughout its history, many of the College alumni have served in cities across the United States and around the world.
The degree programs offered at CCC are:
- Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (A.C.E./A.S.A.P.)
- Master’s of Religious Education (A.M.P)
CCC is chartered by the State of North Carolina as a post-secondary nonprofit institution by the United States Government. CCC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the Department of Education.
CCC credits are readily accepted in transfer to all colleges of the ABHE as well as to other Biblical and Secular colleges. Many CCC students and graduates have also transferred to secular colleges and universities without loss of credit.