Mid-Atlantic Christian University

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Mid-Atlantic Christian University.jpg
Motto Set for the Defense of the Gospel
Type Private
Established 1948
Affiliation Christian churches and churches of Christ
President D. Clay Perkins
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 178
Location Elizabeth City, North Carolina, US
36°18′15″N 76°13′01″W / 36.304093°N 76.216847°W / 36.304093; -76.216847Coordinates: 36°18′15″N 76°13′01″W / 36.304093°N 76.216847°W / 36.304093; -76.216847
Nickname Mustangs
Website www.macuniversity.edu

Mid-Atlantic Christian University or MACU (formerly Roanoke Bible College or RBC) is a private Christian university located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States. It is supported by Christian churches and churches of Christ, which is part of the Restoration Movement. MACU is a four-year, co-educational institution and is authorized to award Bachelor's degrees, Associate's degrees and certificates. MACU has been the primary[citation needed] source of Christian Church/Church of Christ preacher training in eastern North Carolina and Virginia for approximately 60 years.


MACU North Campus

Mid-Atlantic Christian University was founded as Roanoke Bible College in 1948 by George and Sarah BonDurant to train preachers for churches in eastern North Carolina and the Tidewater region of Virginia. The BonDurants had previously founded Atlanta Christian College in 1937, and George BonDurant served as its first President until 1947, when he left over a dispute with the trustees. He then found employment as an evangelist of the Roanoke District Churches of Christ in eastern North Carolina in 1947.

Less than a year later, the BonDurants founded MACU due to the extreme lack of preachers in the area at the time.[1] Classes began in 1948 with 12 full-time students.[2] The first group of transfer students graduated in 1950 and the first class to complete all four years at MACU graduated in 1952. MACU has graduated a class every year since.

MACU has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1979.[3] It has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1999.[4]

MACU absorbed the remaining funds, library holdings, and equipment of Eastern Christian College when it closed in 2005 after nearly 60 years of operation.[5][6] Eastern's academic records are now archived at MACU.

MACU officially changed its name to Mid-Atlantic Christian University in the summer of 2009.[7] Enrollment at MACU reached 178 students in the fall semester of 2010.

On October 3, 2010, sophomore Jonathan Schipper was shot to death in his room in the Pearl A. Presley Hall, bringing MACU national news attention. The school's official policy does not allow guns on campus.[8] This is the only violent crime ever reported on MACU's campus during its history.[9] Fellow student Christopher Amyx, a part-time police officer, was later convicted of first-degree murder in 2013.[10][8]


Current enrollment is 178 with 15 faculty members. MACU has agreements with Elizabeth City State University and College of the Albemarle allowing dual enrollment. The school has a student-faculty ratio of 12-1 and an average class size of 15. 70% of faculty have a Ph.D. or equivalent.[11]

Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science degrees are offered. All students major in Bible, and can double major in Applied Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Ministry, General Ministry, Leadership & Administration, Preaching, or Youth and Family Ministry. MACU added a military science minor through Army ROTC in 2010.


MACU currently fields six varsity sports: women's volleyball, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's basketball. [12] MACU joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in Dec 2012.

MACU also has intramural sports that vary by semester. These have included flag football, basketball, volleyball, kickball, wiffle ball, and many more. There are also tournaments played among the students in the lobbies utilizing the pool table, ping pong table and foosball table.


Heritage Hall
Albert C. Blanton III Campus Life Center

The MACU campus is located on the Pasquotank River, less than a mile from downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina. East and West campuses are divided by North Poindexter Street.[13]

West Campus[edit]

  • Wilkinson Hall, original building: administration
  • Faith Hall, 1951: faculty offices
  • Heritage Hall, 1965: classrooms and cafeteria

East Campus[edit]

  • Pearl A. Presley Hall, 1976: women's dormitory
  • Harold C. Turner Hall, 1985: men's dormitory, student center and coffee shop
  • Albert C. Blanton III Campus Life Center, 1998: library, gymnasium, and chapel

North Campus[edit]

  • Park, recreational, and picnic area


Sneak Day[edit]

Every year during the fall semester, the seniors organize a "Sneak Day". They wake up the rest of the students shortly after 4:00 AM and take them to a secret location off campus for a day of fun and relaxation. Faculty and staff are unaware of the exact date of Sneak Day until they find no one attending morning classes.[14] Sneak day is now officially recognized in the student handbook.

Alumni Rally & Homecoming[edit]

MACU's annual Alumni Rally & Homecoming has been held in Elizabeth City every year since 1949.[15] It takes place in March and has been on MACU's campus since 1999. Typical rallies include an alumni basketball game, praise and worship sessions, and a variety of speaking sessions.

Notable alumni[edit]

As of 2010, over 3,000 students have attended MACU and 1,140 have graduated.[16][17][18] The school's notable alumni include:

Presidents of Mid-Atlantic Christian University[edit]


  1. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Christian University". Macuniversity.edu. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  2. ^ "MACU Founder Awarded Long Leaf Pine". Dailyadvance.com. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  3. ^ "The Association for Biblical Higher Education - Directory". Directory.abhe.org. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.sacscoc.org/dtails.asp?instid=59975
  5. ^ http://macuniversity.edu/Assets/MACU/Documents/Academics/Catalog%202009.pdf
  6. ^ "Eastern Christian College Closes". Christianstandard.com. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  7. ^ Hampton, Jeff (2009-05-03). "N.C. Christian college changes name, aims to triple enrollment | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  8. ^ a b Hampton, Jeff. Elizabeth City university identifies student slain on campus, October 4, 2010, The Virginian Pilot.
  9. ^ Hampton, Jeff (2010-10-07). "Student charged in shooting death at Elizabeth City university | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  10. ^ http://www.havenews.com/news/local-news/man-convicted-of-murder-in-shooting-death-of-student-from-havelock-1.177642/
  11. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Christian University". Macuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  12. ^ http://www.macuniversity.edu/student-life/athletics
  13. ^ http://macuniversity.edu/Assets/MACU/Documents/Academics/Catalog%202009.pdf#7
  14. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Christian University". Macuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Christian University". Macuniversity.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Christian University". Macuniversity.edu. 1948-09-13. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  17. ^ http://www.macuniversity.edu/Assets/MACU/Documents/Messengers/Vol%2061%20No%204%20Summer%20Messenger%200809.pdf
  18. ^ "15 Earn Degrees from MACU Family". Dailyadvance.com. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 

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