Whitefield College of the Bible

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Coordinates: 54°22′48″N 6°19′44″W / 54.380°N 6.329°W / 54.380; -6.329

Whitefield College of the Bible
Established 1981
Type Independent
Affiliation Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster
President Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley
Principal Rev. Gordon Ferguson
Location Banbridge, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Colors Navy and Red

Whitefield College of the Bible is an independent theological college in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. It is operated by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. The College has no association with any governmental education system due to its fundamentalist approach and receives no state funding or support.

About the College[edit]

The College was named after the 18th Century Evangelist, George Whitefield. A portrait by Samuel McCausland was commissioned for the opening.

The College was formally opened on 3 October 1981 by Dr. Bob Jones, Chancellor of Bob Jones University, South Carolina, USA, after receiving the key from the President of the College Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley. The purchase and renovation of the mansion housing the College cost £170,000 (approximately £455,600 in 2007). It has approximately 5,000 ft (1,500 m) of floor space and sits in 30 acres (120,000 m2) of grounds. [1]

Office of the College[edit]

The Principal is Rev. Gordon Ferguson. Dr. John Douglas retired from the post early in 2013.

The President is Rev. Dr. Ian Paisley


Whitefield offers a 4-year course which is compulsory for entry into the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. It comprises

Whitefield also offers a 2-year basic course for Christian workers and those preparing for the mission field. It is the same as the above but without Hebrew language and Systematic Theology.


  1. ^ The Revivalist (Church Newsletter), November 1981 [1]