HISTORICAL POSTCARDS OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Baptist Bible College
This postcard appears to be an architect's drawing of Baptist Bible College showing what it would look like from the air when completed. This drawing probably does not exactly match the completed buildings. The only building that can be identified with certainty is the Administration Building, which is the L-shaped building at the top left side of the picture.
Baptist Bible College began in 1950 when a group of Baptist ministers gathered in the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, and established a Christian school dedicated to training men and women for the Baptist ministry. During the summer of 1950 a five-acre tract of land on the northeast corner of Summit and Kearney was purchased for the school. The land had formerly been a Springfield city park. The first structure built on the site was a dormitory. At the beginning of the fall 1950 semester, Baptist Bible College had to use the High Street Baptist Church facilities for classes. Later in the fall, four army barracks, similar to those at O'Reilly General Army Hospital, were purchased. These were used to teach the 107 students. Dr. G.B. Vick served as president of the college from 1950 to 1975. The second president was Dr. W.E. Dowell, who served from 1975 to 1983. The third president was Dr. A.V. Henderson, who served from 1983 to 1986. Dr. Leland R. Kennedy served from 1986 to 2002. he current president is Mike Randall.
Until 1978 no tuition was charged to attend the college. As of April, 2002, Baptist Bible College has 10,804 alumni. A mentoring program at the school helps keep the students on track.