Bridges Christian College was founded in 2011 by Dr. Mike Rakes in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated its first class there in 2012. At the end of 2015, the school was taken over by Dr. Richard Miller as President, Rev. Anthony Freeman as Provost, and Dr. Justus Freeman as Vice President for Academic Affairs. The school moved its main campus to New Orleans, LA, and restarted with only 5 students. The new, refounding leadership completely restructured the institution by developing a new vision, new mission, new academic programs, new board of directors, new administration, and new faculty.
Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Miller, Rev. Anthony Freeman, and Dr. Justus Freeman, BCCS has continued to train future pastors and missionaries in classical Pentecostal doctrines and values grounded in God’s Word.
Also, since the school’s restart in New Orleans, it has grown in influence and students, providing cutting-edge theological education that is completely debt-free. BCC is pleased to report that since 2016, 100% of all graduates are debt-free thanks to this educational model!
Under the current leadership, the institution achieved applicant status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education in February 2017, and candidacy status in February 2021. In February 2023, the institution achieved full/initial accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
In June 2023, the Association for Biblical Higher Education approved the institution to begin offering master’s degrees starting fall 2023. The institution then officially became Bridges Christian College & Seminary.
In June 2023, the institution was recognized as an affiliate member of the Assemblies of God Alliance for Higher Education.
BCCS is committed to providing Pentecostal, quality, theological education that is debt-free!