Davis College (New York)

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Davis College (formerly Practical Bible College) is a Bible college in Johnson City, New York. It is affiliated with the Baptist Convention of New York and is endorsed by the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.[1]

Davis College
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Motto Pursue God
Type Private
Established 1900
President Dino J. Pedrone
Academic staff
Undergraduates 329
Location Johnson City, NY, USA
Campus Suburban area, 22 acres
Athletics 6 Varsity Teams
Mascot Falcons
Website www.davisny.edu


Davis College was founded in April 1900 by evangelist Reverend John Adelbert Davis. Rev. Davis wanted to start a school similar to his alma mater, Moody Bible Institute, located in Chicago. He taught the first classes at what was then known as Practical Bible School with an enrollment of about 80 to 90 students. The school's first classes were held in an upper level of a store in Lestershire (Johnson City), New York.

The first classes at Practical Bible Training School were held above a store in Lestershire, New York.

Davis College is now located at the former location of the White City Amusement Park. In 1910, the park went bankrupt, and Rev. Davis purchased the property. Practical Bible Training School moved to the address one year later.

Davis died on Saturday, March 17, 1934. His oldest son, Gordon Carr Davis, became the president and Practical Bible Training School changed its legal name to the John A. Davis Memorial Bible School. In 1993, it was renamed Practical Bible College. In August 2004, the college became Davis College in honor of its founder John A. Davis.

Academics and accreditation[edit]

In 1993, the school was accredited by the State of New York and became Practical Bible College. Davis College was first regionally accredited in June 2005 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2] and accredited nationally by The Association for Biblical Higher Education[3] in 1985.

Specialized ministry programs include Pastoral Studies, Youth Ministries, Teaching English as a Second Language, Christian Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Music and Worship, and Organizational Leadership. The College also offers a "4 Plus 1" Elementary Education articulation agreement allowing graduates from the Christian Ministries program to pursue a MsEd in Childhood Education at a Christian university. This provides certification that is reciprocal in 48 states, including New York and Florida, allowing graduates to teach in both public and private schools. One year certificates are also offered in Bible and Teaching English as a Second Language.[4]

In 2012, Davis College purchased Blessed Sacrament Church, which was heavily damaged by flooding in 2011.[5] This acquisition provided the school with its first distinct chapel. In addition, the college hopes to renovate and utilize this property for offices, classrooms, guest speaker housing, and The Practical Institute.[6]


Davis College has men's and women's residence halls, each housing up to 60–70 students. There are also married student apartments and upperclassmen suites.

Davis College Campus in Fall


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Southern Baptist Convention Colleges and Universities". Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Ltd., Info724. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". www.msche.org. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Member Colleges - Association for Biblical Higher Education". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Davisny.edu- Academic Programs". www.davisny.edu. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 

Coordinates: 42°06′04″N 75°57′41″W / 42.101122°N 75.961511°W / 42.101122; -75.961511