International Bible College

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International Bible Center
Type Private College
Active 1942–2010
President David W. Cook
Location San Antonio, Texas, US
Campus Urban, 5 acres (0.020 km2)
Colors Gold and Blue

International Bible College was a Christian Bible College located on 5 acres (0.020 km2) northwest of historic downtown San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Founded by Leonard Coote in 1942, International Bible College was among the oldest Christian Colleges in Texas and the Southwest before it closed in 2010.


International Bible College (now defunct) in San Antonio, was founded by Rev. Leonard W. Coote, a Oneness Pentecostal missionary to Japan. In 1942, when World War II temporarily halted his missionary efforts with the Japan Apostolic Mission, Coote moved to San Antonio and began Emmanuel Gospel Tabernacle (now Destiny Church) as well as IBC. He had previously established a Bible training school for native workers in Ikoma, Japan, and wanted to build a similar Bible training center in the United States. The school, chartered as a nonprofit institution and dependent on private contributions for support, was situated on a ten-acre campus atop "Hallelujah Hill," overlooking San Antonio.

Peak enrollment and development[edit]

In 1965, the campus included 14 buildings; the library contained 3,000 volumes. By 1967 the campus included 19 buildings; that number grew to 27 by 1995. Curriculum offerings in 1967 were a 2½-year course leading to a Christian worker's certificate, a three-year ministerial diploma course, and two four-year bible college courses-one leading to the bachelor of theology degree and the other to the bachelor of religious education degree. Eventually IBC came to consider itself a "nonsectarian school", and at the time of its closing was an unaccredited school affiliated with the North American Association of Bible Colleges and Bible Institutes. Enrollment in 2001 was 91 full-time-equivalent students; faculty numbered 21. David W. Cook served as president until 2010.[1]

Loss of accreditation and decline[edit]

IBC was fully accredited for the period of time that enrollment was at its peak throughout the 1960s and 1970s.[citation needed] Programs were offered with a bachelor's degree awarded upon successful completion. In the mid-1990s IBC began to face scrutiny from the State of Texas concerning its curriculum, and was eventually stripped of its accreditation.[citation needed] The school was forced to change its name from International Bible College to International Bible Center. Enrollment steadily declined after the accreditation was lost until the school closed in fall of 2010.


IBC had offered two main unaccredited programs of study in 2010:[2]

  • Certificate of Biblical Studies
    • A 64 Semester hour degree
  • Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies
    • A 128 Semester hour degree program


Coordinates: 29°27′56″N 98°35′07″W / 29.465634°N 98.585268°W / 29.465634; -98.585268

Further reading[edit]

Coote, Leonard (1954). Impossibilities Become Challenges. Ikoma, Nara Prefecture, Japan: Japan Apostolic Mission.