Trinity Baptist College
|Motto||Training Students for Life and Ministry|
|President||Mac Heavener, Jr.|
|Executive Vice President||Matthew Beemer|
|Location||Jacksonville, Florida, USA
|Campus||800 Hammond Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32221|
|Colors||Royal blue, gold, black, white|
|Affiliations||Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools|
Trinity Baptist College, TBC, is a private college located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church. It has been accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools since 1997. The college is currently under the leadership of chancellor Tom Messer.
Trinity Baptist College was founded in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. It was originally located on the grounds previously occupied by the church on McDuff Avenue near downtown Jacksonville for 24 years. In 1977, the college's founding church filed for bankruptcy. The church later paid its debts in full; over and above the 50% required by the bankruptcy order. The land purchased is where the college currently resides.
In 1992, the church voted Thomas Messer to be the senior pastor of the church and he later became the president of the college. In 1995, Charles Shoemaker became the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the college. During Schoemaker's tenure, Trinity Baptist College expanded and moved to the west-side of Jacksonville, where it shares its campus with both Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Christian Academy. In 1998 the college was accredited by the Trans-national Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. It has passed all re-accreditation inspections, gaining a commendation during its most recent review.
Trinity Baptist College currently offers Associate and Bachelor's level degree programs, as well as Master's level programs.
The student body is divided into eight groups known as societies, each having a name consisting of three Greek letters, similar to the style of fraternities and sororities. There are four societies for the men and four for the women. These have been established to provide Christian fellowship through meetings, activities, and competitions. The societies are involved in school projects and in fund-raising. Each has its own elected officials and offers opportunities for members to develop as leaders.
The societies at Trinity Baptist College are:
- Sigma Lambda Kappa—ΣΛΚ
- (Speiron ton Logon Kuriou—Sowing the Word of the Lord)
- Pi Ro Pi—ΠΡΠ
- (Pur, Romphaia, Pneuma—Fire, Sword, Spirit)
- Pi Theta Kappa—ΠΘΚ
- (Parakletoi Theu Kosmos—Advocates of God to the World)
- Alpha Omega Epsilone—ΑΩΕ
- (Emi to Alpha ki to Omega—I Am the Alpha and the Omega)
- Tri Delta—ΔΔΔ
- (Dioko, Douleuo, Doxazo—Follow, Serve, Glorify)
- Tau Theta Epsilon—ΤΘΕ
- (Tas Thugatras Eireineis—Daughters of Peace)
- Kappa Delta Chi—ΚΔΧ
- (Katharos Dia Christon—Pure on Account of Christ)
- Pi Epsilon Alpha—ΠΕΑ
- (Pistis, Elpis, Agape—Faith, Hope, Charity)
LifeSong is a travelling music group that began in 2008, traveling as representatives of Trinity Baptist College and performing at various churches, schools, student ministries, and youth rallies across the United States. While recruiting for the college is a main goal, their spiritual objectives are to exalt Jesus Christ above all, edify the saints of the local church, and evangelize the lost.
Trinity Baptist College competes as the Eagles in division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The Eagles field women's teams in volleyball, basketball, cross country, soccer and golf. For men, sports include soccer, basketball, cross country, baseball and golf.
- David Meeks, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Conway, Arkansas
- Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and President of West Coast Baptist College.