The Gulf Coast Baptist College is a Bible and Church Training institution established in 1983 under the ownership and direction of First Missionary Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida. The purpose is not to make preachers, but to train people as ministers, missionaries, and Christian workers. It is not the purpose of the Gulf Coast Baptist College to teach secular courses. Those courses taught that are not Bible-related are all of a practical nature and are offered to assist the Christian worker in his or her field of labor.
On May 6, 2022, The West Florida Baptist institute completed thirty-nine years of operations in Pensacola, Florida. It is with extreme mixed emotions, for me, that this will be the last closing at this present location. The Lord has blessed this ministory in so many ways and it has beeen a difficult decision for me to accept. However, as a servant of the Lord, this is His work and not mine. As the Lord closes one door He will open another.
In April of 2022, the trustees met in a special meeting to discuss the future of the school. After several options of discussion the trustees voted to recommend to Magnolia Spings Baptist Church, the sponsoring church, to make a decisionon the recommendation of the turtees. The church voted in a regular conference on May 20, 2022, to accept the recommendation of the trustees and move the school to thier facilities.
The beginning of the fall semester of 2022, The West Florida Baptist Insitute will begin offering regular classes at the facilities of the Magnolia Spring Baptist Church. The new name of the school will nbe, "Gulf Coast Baptist College" There will be no change in the objectives or the doctrine of the school. Many things have happened over the past two years that made the decision to move a necessity. We will leave behind so many students that have graced the classrooms of West Flordrida Bpatist Institute. However, we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead and know that trust in God is an abolsute must.
Gulf Coast Baptist College will continue to teach the doctine that have been frim the very beginning of the scholl ministry. Some of the same instructors that have been engaged over the years will continue to do so in the new shcool.
Some of the legal work has already bagun. So much has to be done over the next year in order to make the move complete. The old facility will be placed for sale in the nest few months. It is hoped that it will sell in a timely manner so that there will be sufficient funds to close the old cooporation. All the debit must be settled before this matter can be completed.
Please keep the trustees and myself in your prayers as we work trhough this transition. If you have any questions please contact the school at 850-455-4417
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