Appalachian Bible College

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Appalachian Bible College
Motto Because life is for service
Type Private
Established 1950
President Daniel L. Anderson
Academic staff
Students 250
Location Mount Hope, West Virginia, USA
37°51′09″N 81°12′00″W / 37.852633°N 81.200117°W / 37.852633; -81.200117Coordinates: 37°51′09″N 81°12′00″W / 37.852633°N 81.200117°W / 37.852633; -81.200117
Campus Suburban
Athletics Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer and Women's Volleyball
Mascot Warriors

Appalachian Bible College is a small, non-profit Bible college north of Beckley, West Virginia. While unaffiliated with any particular denomination, it generally serves independent churches within the fundamental Bible and Baptist associations.


The school was founded as Appalachian Bible Institute in 1950 by Dr. Lester E. Pipkin and Rev. Robert S. Guelich. Pipkin served as the school's first President until he was replaced by Daniel L. Anderson, current president, in 1983.[1]


All students who enroll in ABC's dual-major Bachelor of Arts program have one major in Bible and Theology, and choose another ministry major in Camping Ministry, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Missions (Language, Internship, TESOL, or Nursing), Music, Pastoral Studies (Greek or English), or Youth/Family Ministries (optional concentration in Biblical Counseling). 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. Enrollment in Mount Olive Bible College is about forty men.[2]


ABC is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[3]


  1. ^ "History". Appalachian Bible College. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mount Olive Bible College". Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs". U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. Archived from the original on August 25, 2008. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 

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