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Saint Louis Christian College

Saint Louis Christian College is a private four year undergraduate Bible college located in Florissant, Missouri. It is theologically and ecclesiastically associated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. It is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Location

Address
1360 Grandview Dr
City
Florissant
State
MO
Zip/Post Code
63033-6405

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
245
In State Tuition Fees
8215
Out State Tuition Fees
8215
ACT Score
21
SAT Score
1350
Grade Point Average(GPA)
2.76
Male Female Ratio
55:45
Acceptance Rate
40%
Student Faculty Ratio
10:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Church of Christ
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Cougars
Colors
Blue And Gold
Conference
Midwest Christian

College History

History

From its inception, Saint Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who impact the world for Christ. The College was founded to meet the ministry needs of the Saint Louis region. In June 1956, three Saint Louis ministers met to discuss a common concern: the need for leadership in the churches of the Saint Louis region. Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland reviewed the evangelistic decline of the previous quarter century and proposed to found a Bible college as a "center of evangelism" for the Saint Louis region. Out of that proposal, Saint Louis Christian College was established. In the first year, faculty responsibilities were distributed among 11 ministers. Nineteen students enrolled. In the following years, full-time teachers were appointed and an 11.5-acre campus was secured at the present location. Luther Perrine became the first President in 1957. Russell Boatman became academic dean in 1962, serving in that capacity through June 1978. Glenn Bourne became President in June 1966. He served in that capacity through June 1978. Saint Louis Christian College attained accreditation with the American Association of Bible Colleges and enjoyed growth in facilities, faculty, enrollment and influence during the Glenn Bourne (President) and Russell Boatman (dean) administration. Thomas McGee succeeded Glenn Bourne as President in August 1979. President McGee was formally inaugurated as the third President of Saint Louis Christian College on August 16,1980. During his visionary, dedicated and able administration, the College continued to refine and revise programs to achieve the mission of equipping men and women to impact the world for Christ. The 1995-1996 academic year marked the beginning of Dr. Kenneth Beck's tenure as the fourth President of Saint Louis Christian College until 2004. Dr. Beck's tenure with the college was highlighted by significant enhancement of the institution's facilities providing students with a comfortable environment in which to learn. During a two-year transitional period (2004-2006), a five-member presidential team which included Ben Merold, Dr. Paul Newland, Keith McCaslin, Kendall Brune, and Dr. Jamie Lankford led the College while the board of trustees pursued a new presidential candidate. In June of 2006, Dr. Guthrie Veech accepted a call from the board of trustees to be the fifth President in the College's 50-year history. He brings a balance of academic expertise from the college classroom and ministry experience from the local congregation. This fall Saint Louis Christian is experiencing tremendous growth with anticipation of over 300 students by the end of October registration of night classes. While personnel change periodically, the College's focus remains unchanged. Saint Louis Christian College continues to exist to commit the gospel of Christ to faithful people who will be able to teach others around the globe. The mission is still ministry. Alumni of SLCC serve throughout the United States and around the world sharing the good news of Christ to faithful people so that they in turn will be able to teach others the message of life.

College Specialty

Specialty

From its inception, Saint Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who can handle the Word and provide ministry with excellence in urban centers and rural communities around the world. The college was founded to meet the ministry needs of the Saint Louis region. In June 1956, three Saint Louis ministers met to discuss a common concern: the need for leadership in the churches of the Saint Louis region. Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland reviewed the evangelistic decline of the previous quarter century and proposed to found a Bible college as a �center of evangelism� for the Saint Louis region. Out of that proposal, Saint Louis Christian College was established. In the first year, faculty responsibilities were distributed among 11 ministers. Nineteen students enrolled. In the following years, full-time teachers were appointed and an 11.5 acre campus was secured at the present location. Luther Perrine became the first president in 1957. Russell Boatman became academic dean in 1962, serving in that capacity through June 1978. Glenn Bourne became president in June 1966. He served in that capacity through June 1978. Saint Louis Christian College attained accreditation with the American Association of Bible Colleges and enjoyed growth in facilities, faculty, enrollment and influence during the Bourne-Boatman administration. Thomas McGee succeeded Glenn Bourne as president in August 1979. He served as president of the college for 16 years, the longest of any president during the 39 years of the college�s history. During his visionary leadership, over 300 students were graduated. They served Christ from coast to coast in the United States and around the world. Under his leadership, the Adults in Ministry (AIM) degree-completion program was started, Boldly Beyond 2000 (a capital gifts program for President�s Hall) reached $1.2 million, debt was significantly reduced, and relationships with churches were strengthened. President McGee assembled a highly qualified and motivated faculty and staff. Saint Louis Christian College received an enrollment growth award from Christianity Today and the AABC. The college had the highest enrollment growth of member colleges of its size. Enrollment was at 194, the second highest the school had ever experienced. Saint Louis Christian College continued to refine and revise programs to achieve the mission of equipping men and women to impact the world for Christ. The 1995-1996 academic year marked the beginning of Dr. Kenneth Beck�s tenure as the fourth president of Saint Louis Christian College until 2004. Dr. Beck�s tenure with the college was highlighted by significant enhancement of the institution�s facilities providing students with a comfortable environment in which to learn. From 2004 - 2006 St. Louis Christian College was led by a five-man Presidential Transition Team. Team members included two senior ministers; Ben Merold of Harvester Christian Church and Paul Newland of Gateway Christian Church; and three operational staff members of SLCC; Jamie Lankford, finance officer, Kendall Brune, development officer, and Keith McCaslin, academic officer. The Presidential Team under the direction of the Board of Trustees led the college in a new strategic direction. Two years ago Saint Louis Christian College recognized it was facing the growing challenge of recruiting a relatively small pool of students, given the very specific nature of the type of degrees the college offers, in a highly competitive market. To offer a more competitive approach to attract students and address the two greatest concerns prospective students and their parents face � the rising cost of higher education and the increasing indebtedness with which college students are graduating �Saint Louis Christian College began to offer full tuition scholarships to all full time residential students. Full time residential students are charged room and board fees and an additional student services fee each semester. To address the needs of our non-traditional AIM and commuter students�, tuition was cut in half for full time students. Any students not living on campus and taking less than 12 hours are charged regular tuition rates. In June of 2006, Dr. Guthrie Veech accepted the call from the Board of Trustees to become the fifth president in the college�s 50-year history. He brings a balance of academic expertise from the college classroom and ministry experience from the local congregation. While personnel change periodically, the college�s focus remains unchanged. Saint Louis Christian College continues to exist to commit the gospel of Christ to faithful people who will be able to teach others around the globe. The mission remains ministry. Alumni of Saint Louis Christian College serve throughout the United States and around the world sharing the good news of Christ to faithful people so that they in turn will be able to teach others the message of life. Saint Louis Christian College is a private, church-related, coeducational institution in the tradition of the Bible college movement. Seeking to be faithful to the ideals of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement heritage, Saint Louis Christian College is committed in all policies and practices to the pursuit and exposition of truth as revealed in the Bible, the Word of God, and in creation, the world of God. Saint Louis Christian College recognizes that skilled leaders must have a working foundation of general knowledge. We therefore provide for a well-rounded education, enrolling students in courses focusing on communication, the sciences, the humanities, and the individual�s role in society. Further, the college is committed to providing a positive and supportive Christian environment in which students can examine their giftedness, experiment in various ministry possibilities, and engage their full potential in committing themselves to a lifetime of servant-leadership to God, the church, and the world. To achieve this end, instructional and institutional assessment efforts regularly analyze the level of student learning and introduce changes to improve student academic achievement. SLCC recruits and retains highly qualified faculty members from within the membership of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ who are committed to the pursuit of scholarship and instructional procedures that facilitate student learning, excellence in the Word, servant leadership, and ministry. Saint Louis Christian College offers both traditional student and non-traditional adult undergraduate curricular programs in both two-year (Associate of Arts in General Studies; Associate of Applied Science in Intercultural & Urban Missions, Biblical Studies, or Preaching Ministry) and four-year (Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science) degrees. Saint Louis Christian College adheres to the standards established by the ABHE and other accrediting associations with which we affiliate. Saint Louis Christian College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (formerly The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges). Saint Louis Christian College was granted candidacy status in 1974, accreditation status in 1977, and was reaffirmed in 1998. Member colleges of ABHE are also recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation), the national accrediting organization that serves as an umbrella over all the recognized accrediting bodies, including the regional associations. ABHE is also listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized agency for biblical higher education. The Association's member institutions are recognized by the Department of Justice, the Veteran's Administration, and other relevant federal agencies in the United States. Finally, ABHE is recognized by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, the theological education affiliate of the World Evangelical Alliance. The churches have indicated their approval of Saint Louis Christian College by their support in financial gifts, by sending men and women to be trained for Christian service, and by employing Saint Louis Christian College alumni. The Missouri State Department of Education has approved the college for the education of veterans. Saint Louis Christian College, listed in the Directory of Higher Education, is eligible for participation in many federal grant and loan programs, such as the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Work-Study Program, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program, and the Federal PLUS Loan Program. As a Bible college, all bachelor-degree students earn a major in Bible and a second major in one of several areas: Educational Ministries (Children�s Ministry; Student Ministries; and Discipleship & Involvement minors), Intercultural & Urban Missions, Preaching Ministry, Worship & Music Ministry, and Christian Ministry (non-traditional Adults In Ministry program). The Christian worldview permeates all programs, disciplines, and courses. As a result, the Bible is central, integrating biblical principles and leadership training into the historic tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. Saint Louis Christian College desires to educate learners and to equip them for service to God. Saint Louis Christian College seeks learners who are: committed to Christ, highly motivated to serve God and the church, capable of successfully completing the academic rigors of college education, willing to assimilate both knowledge and skills through service and mentored off-campus learning experiences, drawn from a diversity of geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Alumni

Alumni

You'll find resources to assist you in ministry and help you connect with SLCC students, faculty, staff, and other alumni. Our purpose is simple: "The Saint Louis Christian College Alumni Association advances the Kingdom of Jesus Christ by supporting the College and encouraging its members." We are so thankful for the many alumni and graduates who serve Christ faithfully through their lives and ministries, and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Campus

Campus

11.5 Acres (4.65�Ha)

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