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LEGACY BIBLE COLLEGE

” We envision vibrant, Biblically faithful Evangelical communities calling the culture into spiritual and social renewal.” 

A Message From Our President

Dr. Doug Walker

Dr. Douglas H. Walker as served Interim President of Legacy Bible College from July 2016 to November 2016, then was appointed President in November of that same year. He formerly served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Theology at Legacy. He has an earned PHD in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School, A Master’s Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the Moody Bible Institute before coming to Legacy in 2014.

Prior to pursuing academics, Dr. Walker had a distinguished 20-year career as a pilot, facilities engineer, aircraft maintenance office and squadron commander in the United States Air Force, from which he retired in 1991 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His flying career carried him across the globe, exposing him to multiple cultures and people groups and giving him a multi-cultural perspective.

Dr. Walker hails from Miami, Florida, was reared in a Christian home, and began a serious pursuit of God at age 14. He is married to the former Elizabeth (Betsy) Mathews of Athens, Alabama. He and Mrs. Walker have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Legacy Bible College is an independent, non-denominational, evangelical Christian institution that serves the North Alabama Christian community. Our mission is to equip and mentor students to impact lives for Christ, and our desire is to prepare the evangelical community for the future by training Godly, biblically faithful, forward-looking leaders that are equipped to serve at all levels.

We offer a unique hybrid of format that combines, both, on-campus instruction with on-line education. Our central location and one-night-per-week class schedule make out programs, both, convenient and accessible to busy adult learners.

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The History Of Legacy Bible College

In the 1970’s, Dr. Lee J. Hudson and Dr. Carl Powers recognized a great need for bi-vocational  pastors, church staff members, church teachers and leaders, and laypeople to have an opportunity to receive conservative, biblical training and to earn a degree.  God gave these men a burning desire to found an institution that would be evangelical, interdenominational, biblical, and conservative in its doctrine and teaching, and would unbiasedly admit any student wishing to learn.

Dr. Lee Hudson established the Heritage Bible College in 1979 with 19 students enrolled from Heritage and from other churches.  The College offered a Certificate in Bible upon completion.

Dr. Carl Powers, a local Nazarene pastor, walked into Dr. Hudson’s office and Powers explained that he had helped found the Emmanuel Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee and felt God wanting him to do the same in Huntsville.  Dr. Hudson concurred. And revealed that God had been leading him in that direction also.

Heritage Bible College was the outcome of the collaboration of these two men, and the initial semester began in January of 1981 with a student body of eleven and with a faculty of two.

HBC began as a specialized college with membership in the American Association of Specialized Colleges offering a degree in the Bachelor Arts in Religion.  The curriculum included Bible, theology, speech, homiletics, English, counseling, evangelism, church history, church administration and philosophy, and it was accredited by the International Accrediting Commission for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries in 1984.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 1995, the Whitesburg Bible College was founded at Whitesburg Baptist Church to make formal Biblical and theological training readily available to everyone in the North Alabama area.  This College was the realization of a vision of Dr. Jimmy Jackson, the first Chairman of the College, who saw the need for a place of higher learning in the North Alabama area.  Classes were taught as non-credit courses and were mostly populated by the laity such as Sunday school teachers and church leaders whose primary degree work was in other disciplines, but who wanted a deeper foundational knowledge of scripture and theology.

Years earlier, Dr. Jimmy Jackson, pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church and Dr. Hudson had discussed the need for the Baptists in Madison County to offer varying levels of Christian Education.  The Bible college and the Bible College joined together in the spring of 2001 to become Whitesburg Heritage Bible College (WHBC), and the college moved to Whitesburg Baptist Church.

In 2016, our name changed to Legacy Bible College. We are now located in the University Baptist Church Facilities at 809 Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35816, however we remain and independent institution.

Since our inception, our school has graduated students with degrees in Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Christian Education, and Pastoral Ministry, as well as dozen of students who have completed certificates.

We look forward to a new chapter in the life of Legacy Bible College, as we launch several new degree plans and branch out to face new and exciting challenges.

In 2016, our name changed to Legacy Bible College. We are now located in the University Baptist Church Facilities at 809 Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35816, however we remain and independent institution.

Since our inception, our school has graduated students with degrees in Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Christian Education, and Pastoral Ministry, as well as dozen of students who have completed certificates.

We look forward to a new chapter in the life of Legacy Bible College, as we launch several new degree plans and branch out to face new and exciting challenges.

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Legacy Bible College Graduates

and Faculty’s Notable Accomplishments

  • 2005 Endia Scruggs received the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award.
  • Dr. Harold Fanning published two books.
  • 2003 Top 9 Churches Number of Baptisms (2 graduate pastors)
  • 2004 Top 22 Churches in Number of Baptisms (2 graduate pastors)
  • 2010 Top 15 Congregations in Total Baptisms (1 graduate pastors)
  • 2010 Cedric Perkins elected president of the New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska.
  • Theodis Acklin received the Religion Award from the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association.
  • Ollie Hatchet Sr. was presiding officer of the Huntsville District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Joel Carwile and Dusty McLemore now pastor churches with over 3,000 members.
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