Luther Rice College & Seminary

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Luther Rice College & Seminary
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Former name
Luther Rice University
Established1962 (1962)
Religious affiliation
Academic affiliation
PresidentJames Flanagan
Location, ,
United States
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Luther Rice College & Seminary is a private Southern Baptist college and seminary in Lithonia, Georgia. The school was founded in 1962 by Robert Gee Witty in Jacksonville, Florida, and named for Luther Rice, an educator, missionary, and clergyman in the early 1800s. It has an enrollment of about 1,400 students. Through the college and seminary the institution offers bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in leadership, counseling, apologetics, Christian worldview, Christian studies, and Christian ministry. The school is recognized as being theologically conservative.[1]


Williams Hall on campus of LR

Robert Gee Witty and five other pastors founded Luther Rice Seminary in 1962 in Jacksonville, Florida. The school was founded to meet the needs of pastors and Christian leaders who could not quit their jobs and uproot their families to go away to seminary. From its inception, Luther Rice Seminary has focused on distance education (online) and external Christian education. Luther Rice delivers distance education through online studies. All degrees except the DMin are available completely through online studies.

The State of Florida granted the school's charter on June 14, 1962.[2] Dr. Witty was elected President of the college in 1970, a position he held until 1982, when he retired to become Chancellor. In May 1993, Dr. James Flanagan became president of Luther Rice Seminary. He holds an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[3]

In August 1991, the college moved from Florida to its current location in Metro Atlanta, Georgia.


Graduation day

Luther Rice is accredited by Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).[4]

Luther Rice University is also a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-10-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Dr. James Flanagan". 4 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-04-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Member Institutions". Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "St. Pete NAACP president Manuel Sykes hints at run for Bill Young's seat". October 27, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2014.

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