Kerry Allen was introduced as President-Elect of Louisville Bible College by Anthony Sweeney, Chairman of the Board of Regents, at Commencement on Saturday, May 18. He will conclude a 20+ year ministry with Person to Person Ministries in December 2020 but will begin transitioning to LBC in January 2020. He will work one week a month then two weeks a month then three weeks a month until he becomes full-time President by January 2021. Dr. Tom Mobley will continue to serve as President until September 2020 if his health permits. Then plans call for him to become part-time Chancellor.
Mr. Allen served as a former President of Bluefield College of Evangelism prior to P2P. A native of Indiana, he has served with several local congregations as their minister. He is a graduate of BCE and holds a Master’s from LBC, where he also did some of his undergraduate work. He and his wife, Pam, will be locating to the Kentuckiana area once their P2P ministry concludes.
There were many highlights during the almost 24-hour celebration of Louisville Bible College’s 70 years of faithful ministry educating preachers and other Christian leaders for Christ’s Church. The Sunday afternoon service was led in praise by alumni Ron and Lynette Davidson. They along with Ralph Hillenburg and the Clark Twins provided special music. The history, presence, and future of Louisville Bible College were shared by Larry Oetzel, Dr. Tom Mobley, and Kerry Allen. LBC’s first graduating class was specially recognized with certificates in their honor presented to their families, Robert VanZile and Dr. William Slider composed the class.
After a reception at the campus, six couples traveled to 1707 S. Third Street, the site of the original campus. It now serves as a Bed-n-Breakfast. There was much reminiscing, storytelling, and touring took place. (There were even reports of PDA on the stairway landing bench!) After a good night’s rest and breakfast, all returned to LBC.
There, Instructor David Buckham welcomed the guests to join his Bible class. Later all moved to LifeBridge Christian Church for a gospel concert by the Dave Melton Family Singers. Dad, Mom and the five children did a wonderful job blessing and leading the congregation in worship!
The 70th Celebration ended with an Alumni Luncheon at the Hungry Pelican Seafood Restaurant in Fern Creek. After a delicious meal, Alumni President, Mike Wall, reminded the group of such upcoming events as Teen Day, Alumni/Graduation Banquet, election of officers, etc. He also announced the giving of an Alumni Scholarship to one of the current preaching students.
Please set October 21st & 22nd aside in your calendars to attend a milestone achievement in the life and history of LBC. We’ll have a celebration service, open house reception, a college class, a concert by the Dave Melton Family Singers, an alumni luncheon, etc. You can even stay on the former 1707 S. Third Street campus’ main building which is now a Bed & Breakfast (only 2 rooms left!).
“Where will the preachers come from?” It’s a question many, including us, are asking. LBC is starting a new program to try to help address the concern. The one-year program will be offered over two years on weekends through our 1-2 hour modules (Friday [5:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.] and Saturday [8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.]). These preaching modules will be very practical along with the counseling ones supplementing them.
The second hour may be earned through additional outside work. The schedule will allow students to come on one weekend a month even if they live a distance, stay at home, keep their job, and be able to afford tuition. (Graduate $87, Undergrad $77, Audit $37). There will be two tracks: Master of Sacred Literature (for those who have a bachelor’s degree) and a Certificate of Christian Leadership (for those who do not).
Although most in-class work will be the same, outside will not. Assignments will be given on the basis: 2 hours-graduate, 1 hour-graduate, 2 hours- undergraduate and 1 hour-undergraduate.
Those who have expressed an interest in teaching are aware that our teachers do not receive any salary. They do so because they desire to educate others for the ministry as a part of their ministry. We are trying to offer a little help with expenses.
Those whom we are asking to teach come from ten different states and include: Dr.’s Dale Bertram and Mark Hahlen (TX); Dr. Jerry Mattingly (TN); Dr.’s Guthrie Veech and Tom LaHue (FL); Rowlie Hutton (NE); John Seitz (IA); Terry Sweeney (CA); Tony Sullivan (GA); Dr. Terry Peer, Andrew Paris and Kerry Allen (OH); Dr.’s Danny Gabbard and Mike Frances, Matthew Sullivan and Terry Kemp (IN); Dr.’s Jason Anderson and Tom Mobley, Gary Fenner, Joe Hatchett and Larry Oetzel (KY).
If you would like to inquire about receiving LBC’s current open ministry opportunities list please either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502 231-5221. We will send you the most up to date information that we have. If you would like to post a job opening at LBC, please e-mail email@example.com including the position title, a brief description of the position, a brief description of the church, and a contact person (with name, number, address and/or e-mail address) to send resumes to. Please also communicate with us if a position has been filled.
President Mobley represented Louisville Bible College at the annual meeting of the Association Biblical Higher Education in February. LBC now has Affiliate status with the accrediting association. An Affiliate institution of ABHE participates in and contributes to collegial and professional development activities of the association. Affiliate status does not, however, constitute, imply or presume ABHE accredited status at present or in the future. In addition to the ABHE workshops and sessions, Dr. and Mrs. Mobley were ablet o meet with other Christian church Bible colleges; President and Academic Deans. This helps to foster a better relationship with the other colleges. They were very interested in learning of LBC’s status and intentions.