Carolina College of Biblical Studies was established in 1973. We educate followers of Christ to be the most effective servants they can be. Our programs provide a foundational Biblical education for those who desire greater skills in God’s Word and for those called to vocational ministry. We emphasize the how of ministry as well as the what. You may be a layperson desiring a deeper understanding of your Savior, or maybe you feel compelled by God to enter vocational ministry. Perhaps you are already immersed in the pastorate. One of the best North Carolina Christian colleges is able to prepare you for whatever ministry God has called you to.
Carolina College of Biblical Studies is located in Fayetteville, NC. Students enrolled in our campus program live in the general area, from Red Springs to Dunn, Elizabethtown to Pembroke. We are a commuter-based school in that there are no dorms and no one lives on campus. Students enrolled in our online program live all over the United States (currently 14 states) and one as far away as Dubai.
- Currently more than 100 students enrolled in full-time classes on campus
- Currently more than 60 students enrolled in the online program
- CCBS is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
- Student/Faculty ratio is 15:1
- Residential undergraduate program, with minors
- Online undergraduate program, with minors
- In the past five years, more than 80% of CCBS graduates were employed in local church ministries at the time of their graduation. Approximately 30% continued their education at the graduate school level.
- The six-year graduation rate for the overall students enrolled at CCBS is 50%. This rate reflects the total number of students who entered the College in 2010 and were enrolled as degree-seeking, either the associate or bachelor’s degree of which 24 completed their planned degree.
Carolina College of Biblical Studies exists to disciple Christ-followers, through biblical higher education, for a lifetime of effective servant leadership.
Carolina College of Biblical Studies will be a premier institution of biblical higher education whose graduates launch and lead healthy ministries worldwide.
We value the authority of Scripture.
We believe that the truth is absolute and that it is inerrantly recorded in the Holy Scriptures. The sixty-six books of the Protestant Bible are our authority. We read them at face value and apply them to our lives as individuals and as an institution. The authority of Scripture is our primary value.
We value the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
Because Jesus is Lord, we are committed to knowing, worshiping, and following Him, our resurrected King, God and Savior. We are equally committed to the supremacy of His purpose to disciple the nations. Our curriculum, policies, and programs of study reflect the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
We value educational integrity.
Because we are committed to the authority of Scripture, we also are committed to do all things for God’s glory. Our classroom behavior, curriculum, organization, and administration reflect an ongoing pursuit of academic integrity and institutional improvement.
We value multi-ethnicity.
All men are made in God’s image. Some from all races will trust Christ. Because this is so, we serve a multi-ethnic community as a Bible college in Fayetteville, NC. Faculty, administration, and curriculum reflect our mutual commitments to Biblical integrity and multi-ethnicity.
We value ministry capability.
The men and women who serve Carolina College of Biblical Studies are proven in the crucible of ministry. Our classes combine both the theory and the practical reality of service so that graduates can effectively disciple others.
CCBS holds national accreditation with the Association of Biblical Higher Education. It is also a member of National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), granting permission to offer online education to member states.
CCBS has always strived to maintain low-tuition costs in order to allow an affordable education. As a recognized, accredited institution, CCBS is also authorized to offer Title IV funds in addition to veteran benefits.
With campus classes offered all throughout the day Monday through Friday, students can schedule courses along with their personal schedule. Also, students can complete their associate or bachelor degrees completely online.
Our faculty are not just researchers and professors. Many of our instructors are actively serving the local church, making your education relative and practical to the local church today.
Our main campus is located in the heart of Fayetteville, NC. We are minutes from I-95, Cross Creek Mall, and Fort Bragg. Students commute to campus from all surrounding counties, including Sanford, Harnett, and Robeson County.
For those who do not live in the immediate area, we offer multiple degrees in a completely online format. In 2017–18, we had students from 19 states involved in our accredited online program. The online program also helps students active in the military, hustling homemakers, or faithful pastors whose days are full but want to continue their education.
The vision of local pastor Dr. Bill Owens resulted in the Cape Fear School of Theology in 1973. The expressed purpose was to equip Christians, regardless of denomination, for effective service. In 1979, the ministry came under the direction of Dr. Ralph Richardson, another local pastor. Land and a building were purchased at 817 South McPherson Church Road, and classes began the fall of 1980 at this current site. It was then that the name was changed to Carolina Bible College. In 1983, a new administration and classroom building opened debt-free. Dr. Phil Rose was hired as the college’s first Academic Dean.
Rev. Rick Oglesby became Dean in 1996 and was installed as President in June, 1997. Dr. Richardson became Chancellor at that time. Rev. Phil Stamm became Dean in 1997. Under Rev. Oglesby the school sought and received approval for our Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree programs from the Veteran’s Administration. Dr. J. Michael Arnett became the Academic Dean in 2000.
In 2000, Phil Stamm became President. In 2000, Carolina Bible College began offering classes online. In December, 2002, Dr. Bill Korver became interim President and in April, 2004, he became the fourth President of Carolina Bible College. In 2010, Dr. Harry Ghee became the college’s Academic Dean.
In 2012, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the college to Carolina College of Biblical Studies.
In 2013, CCBS was granted initial accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).