Trinity College (Florida)

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Trinity College of Florida
Former names
Florida Bible Institute (1932-1946)
Type Private
Established 1932
President Dr. Mark T. O'Farrell
Location New Port Richey, Florida, U.S.
Athletics Four sports teams
Colors Black and Gold         
Affiliations National Christian College Athletic Association
Mascot Tigers

Trinity College of Florida is an evangelical interdenominational Bible college (established 1932) located in New Port Richey in Pasco County, Florida. It is a private college.

The L.L. Speer Hall is a 25,870 square foot 3-floor student housing at Trinity College of Florida


The institution was founded as Florida Bible Institute in 1932, in Temple Terrace by Dr. William T. Watson, a fundamentalist tent preacher from North Carolina and pastor of a large Christian and Missionary Alliance church in St. Petersburg. The name was changed to Trinity College of Florida in 1947.

An important characteristic of the college has always been its distinctly interdenominational nature. At Trinity, students from a wide variety of church backgrounds have the opportunity to study the Bible in an atmosphere of respect. In a world where interdenominational cooperation among evangelicals is increasingly vital, Trinity College of Florida believes that this type of education best serves its students as they prepare to live and serve more effectively.

The college's most famous alumnus is Billy Graham, who graduated in 1940 and became one of the great evangelists in the history of the church. Jimmy G. Tharpe (1930–2008), founder of Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, Louisiana, received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Trinity in the 1950s. Recording artist KB (Kevin Burgess) graduated in 2010 and went on to win the 2014 Dove Award.[1][2]


The mission of Trinity College of Florida is to equip men and women for Christian service to the church and all humanity through effective biblical, professional and general education leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees.

The goals for achieving this mission are:

  1. Spiritual - to orient, motivate, and lead students to Christian maturity and spiritual depth;
  2. Academic - to provide an understanding of the Bible as the basis for Christian life and thought within the context of the College statement of faith and to introduce students to the Western intellectual tradition;
  3. Intellectual - to develop in students the ability for critical analysis and to motivate in them a desire for continuing intellectual pursuits;
  4. Professional - to produce graduates competent for Christian service to humanity in the areas of their individual choices.

Trinity College believes that the Bible should be at the heart and core of all training and is the standard for evaluating all claims to knowledge. The Bible, as the inspired Word of God, is instrumental in thoroughly equipping God's servants for ministry. This philosophy is reflected in the wide range of Bible and theology courses offered. The College believes that the Bible is the only framework within which a consistent, effective, and productive worldview, life-style, and life of service to God and humanity can be maintained.


The college was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education in 1996 and maintains this accreditation today.[3] It is not regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Doctrinal Statement[4][edit]

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all that believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, pre-millennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

Trinity College of Florida believes and teaches the essential doctrines of the Christian faith that are commonly held to be the historic, Biblical, conservative, and evangelical position. The doctrinal statement above is applied within the academic and spiritual understanding of the inter-denominational character of our student body and faculty.

Trinity College Athletics[edit]

Trinity College of Florida's athletic program consists of four sports teams: Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, and Women's Volleyball. All four teams participate in the NCCAA Division II.[5]

"The Trinity College men's basketball program took first place in the Bible College National Invitational Tournament in 2016."[6]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "Past Winners | The 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  2. ^ Solis, Steven. "KB wins Hip-Hop/Rap Song of The Year at the 2014 Dove Awards". Rapzilla. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Accreditation | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Doctrine | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Trinity College Athletics | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Dr. Thomas E. Woodward | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Eric Bargerhuff | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Shannon L. Hogan | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Dr. Joseph A. Allotta | Trinity College". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 

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Coordinates: 28°00′22″N 82°47′28″W / 28.0061653°N 82.7911662°W / 28.0061653; -82.7911662