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Appalachian Bible College

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1950
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Bible School 1
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 161 College Drive, Mount Hope, West Virginia, United States, 25880
    • Phone:
    • +18006789222
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of Appalachian Bible College

The History of Appalachian Bible Institute was founded in September, 1950 at the Independent Baptist Church in Pettus, West Virginia, by Rev. & Mrs. Lester Pipkin (from Minnesota) and Pastor & Mrs. Robert Guelich (from Pettus). The school started as a Bible training institute for the youth of the Appalachian Mountains.

Academic Highlights

All students who enroll in ABC's dual-major Bachelor of Arts program have one major in Bible and Theology and choose another ministry-related major. Additional programs include a Bible Certificate and an Associate of Arts. The school also offers online courses through ABC Connect, and on-campus modular classes for its Master of Arts in Ministry degree. In 2014, ABC began offering accredited courses to inmates at Mount Olive Correctional Complex, West Virginia's maximum security prison. Mount Olive Bible College students are enrolled in the Pastoral ministry major. The first graduating class received Bachelor of Arts degrees in December 2018.

Life in Appalachian Bible College

The intercollegiate sports that Appalachian Bible College offers are Men's Soccer, Ladies' Volleyball, and both Men's and Women's Basketball. Men's Soccer and Ladies' Volleyball take part in the NCCAA. Currently, the Basketball teams are not involved in the association but they play many NCCAA schools and other small Bible colleges. Both Basketball teams participate in the Bible College National Invitational Tournament.

School Ranking



Appalachian Bible College equips servants through a biblical curriculum of quality academics and guided Christian Service that nurtures Christ-like character leading to effectiveness in passionately serving the fundamental church community. Appalachian Bible College exists for the purpose of educating and equipping servants for the Church of tomorrow while edifying the Church of today.

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Acceptance Rate

Appalachian Bible College acceptance rate 58.9%

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