Louisiana Baptist University

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Louisiana Baptist University
LBU Emblem
Type Private
Established 1973
Affiliation Baptist Bible Fellowship International
President Neal Weaver
Academic staff
44[citation needed]
Students 650 (in 2010[1])
Location Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Website http://www.lbu.edu/
Louisiana Baptist University is located off Interstate 20 in Shreveport.

Louisiana Baptist University (LBU, originally called Baptist Christian University) is a theologically conservative Christian non-accredited university founded in 1973 and is located in Shreveport, Louisiana.

LBU has both an on-campus program and a distance education program which primarily teaches subjects pertaining to the Bible and Baptist theology. Classes are grouped in five areas: School of Biblical Studies, School of Communications (Music, Creative writing), School of Counseling, School of Christian Education, and Theological Seminary. Distance education courses are offered by mail and via web-based delivery.


In 1973, Baptist Christian University was founded by Jimmy G. Tharpe (1930-2008) as part of the Baptist Tabernacle, offering distance education for full-time ministers to complete degrees without leaving their pastorates.[2] In February 1993, the trustees restructured the school's charter and changed the name to Louisiana Baptist University. LBU states that on February 1, 1994 it became the first non-traditional post-secondary institution in the state of Louisiana to receive full licensure by the Louisiana Board of Regents.[3]

Kathleen Blanco, then governor of Louisiana, declared the month of April 2005 as "Louisiana Baptist University Month".[4]

In its beginning, LBU was housed in the Centrum Building on Hollywood Avenue. It later relocated to a 12,500-square-foot (1,160 m2) facility off Interstate 20 at 6301 Westport Avenue in the center of West Shreveport,[5] where the campus remains today.

In May 2013, the university expanded their campus with the completion of the Neal Weaver Conference Center.[6] The center is equipped with the latest audio/video equipment which enables the university to host webinars in addition to their conferences.


LBU is not accredited by any accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.[7] LBU is chartered by the Louisiana State Board of Regents.[8] This charter provides that LBU may award advanced degrees in various fields for use in ministry. Because the university only grants non-secular degrees for use in various areas of ministry, it operates under religious-exempt status in Louisiana.[9]

LBU is one of six approved schools of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International,[10] which has 4,500 congregations in North America totaling 1.2 million associated members; with an additional 10,000 churches associated worldwide.[11] LBU is also a member school of the Association of Christian Schools International.[10] and holds "affiliate" status with The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).[1] According to ABHE, "ABHE Affiliate status is available to credible institutions of biblical higher education seeking to benefit from ready access to ABHE services and networking but presently lacking either readiness or inclination to seek ABHE accreditation. An affiliate institution must not portray itself, verbally or in print, as an accredited member of ABHE."[12]

Academics and staff[edit]

The school employs some fifty people as faculty and staff.[13] A majority of the faculty list degrees from LBU, including its previous name, Baptist Christian University,[13] which the institution states reflects the school's strong stance on inspiration of the scriptures, doctrinal purity and premillennialism.[14]

LBU accepts a limited amount of three types of non-traditional credit: experiential learning credits, military experience credits, and credit by examination. The university also allows students to transfer credits from other universities as well as approved Christian educational organizations. For example, at LBU alumnus Chuck Missler's Koinoina Institute, students can earn credits toward a degree at Louisiana Baptist University.[15]

The current president of LBU is Dr. Neal Weaver.[16]


In 1998, LBU announced plans to begin offering a Business Administration degree. The university contacted the Regents to see if additional approval was necessary. In July 1998, Wayne Brown, Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research and Performance, visited the campus. In a letter dated August 17, 1998, commissioner Brown stated that after visiting the university's campus and reviewing the university's Statement of Purpose he would recommend that the program be approved in the board meeting on August 26, 1998, provided that the Statement of Purpose be included in the university catalog and all documents pertaining to the Business Administration degree."[17] This caused controversy over schools awarding degrees with substandard instruction.[17] As a result, on December 10, 1998, the Board of Regents unanimously voted to deny the university an operating license for its business education programs, and required it to cease admitting students and cease advertising.[18] Students matriculated at the time were allowed until December 31, 1999, to finish their degrees. Then, reversing its prior decision, on April 22, 1999, the Board voted to accept the recommendation of the Planning, Research and Performance Committee to exempt the university under the religious institution exemption provided for by Act 129 of 1991, allowing it to operate as a religious institution.[19]




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  1. ^ a b "Louisiana Baptist University". Association for Biblical Higher Education. 2010. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-11.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ABHE2010" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ http://www.lbu.edu/download/LBU%20Catalog%202012-2013.pdf LBU 2012-2013 Catalog pg 20
  3. ^ "Welcome to LBU!". Louisiana Baptist University (Archived). April 1999. Archived from the original on October 4, 2000. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  4. ^ United States of America, State of Louisiana, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Proclamation Signed March 29, 2005. Archived October 25, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Tharpe, Mr. Baptist, pp. 135-137
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151530148444492.1073741826.264062789491&type=3 LBU Official Facebook Page
  7. ^ Swanson, Doug (August 23, 2014). "Problems persist for high-profile back surgery firm, patients". Dallas News. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  8. ^ http://lbu.edu/quick%20facts.html LBU website: Quick Facts
  10. ^ a b http://lbu.edu/quick%20facts.html
  11. ^ http://www.thearda.com/Denoms/D_1096.asp Baptist Bible Fellowship International (BBFI)
  12. ^ "Directory". Association for Biblical Higher Education. 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  13. ^ a b http://lbu.edu/staff.html LBU Staff
  14. ^ "Academics and Vision". Louisiana Baptist University. 2007. Archived from the original on 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  15. ^ Koinonia Institute degrees
  16. ^ http://lbu.edu/staff.html LBU Staff Page
  17. ^ a b "Unlicensed "colleges" worry state officials: Legislation being prepared to tighten rules for nonprofit schools". The Advocate. November 22, 1998. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  18. ^ "Minutes of Board of Regents December 10, 1998". Louisiana Board of Regents. December 10, 1998. Retrieved 2007-03-13.  Orders LBU to stop admitting students.
  19. ^ "Minutes of Board of Regents April 22, 1999". Louisiana Board of Regents. April 22, 1999. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  20. ^ Tobia, P.J. "Reading, Writing and Jesus: What nearby schools don’t know about the Bible class they soon may be teaching", Nashville Scene, October 19, 2006. Accessed December 19, 2007. "While there are a few reputable legal and theological minds from solid universities associated with the group, they are far outnumbered by the likes of Carl Baugh, who holds a Ph.D. in theology from Louisiana Baptist University."
  21. ^ Perkes, Kim Sue Lia. "Fort Worth school sues to call itself "seminary'", Austin American-Statesman, April 15, 1999. "Tyndale has about 350 seminary students, about two-thirds of them taking courses by correspondence, said Mal Couch, the school's president and founder. He said he holds five degrees, including a doctorate of theology from Louisiana Baptist Seminary..."
  22. ^ Murray, Shailagh. "Filibuster Fray Lifts Profile of Minister: Scarborough Has Network and Allies", The Washington Post, May 8, 2005. Accessed December 19, 2007. "After receiving a master's of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and a doctorate in ministry from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, Scarborough hit the national revival and crusade circuit for 14 years."
  23. ^ Rick Scarborough Vision America
  24. ^ "Larry Bagley". plus.google.com. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Wilson, Jennifer. "Is Noah's Ark on mount in Iran? Man scours the world looking for religious artifacts", Deseret Morning News, August 11, 2006. Accessed December 19, 2007. "Bob Cornuke doesn't have a degree in archaeology; he holds a doctorate in Bible and theology from Louisiana Baptist University."
  26. ^ Knowles, Francine (June 18, 2014). "Ex-head of religious group acted inappropriately, not criminally: investigation". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ Arellano. "Dr. Jihad", OC Weekly, March 2, 2006. Accessed December 19, 2007. "Morey also claims to have received a doctorate from Louisiana Baptist University. Two problems: LBU is unaccredited by the United States government, which means no serious academy would recognize it. Then there’s this: LBU doesn’t offer a Ph.D. in Islamic studies."

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