LEGACY BIBLE COLLEGE
It’s a privilege to serve a school whose purpose is to help you discover new truths, follow Christ through your life’s journey, and share the Good News of the Gospel along your journey’s path. We’ve designed our curriculum to enhance your personal walk and ministry effectiveness. I hope you’ll join us to benefit from the wisdom of our exceptional faculty. Check them out on our web page at www.legacybiblecollege.net.
Our desire is to see each of you reach your fullest potential in Christ. Our faculty will come alongside you and my door is open to you all.
Welcome to Legacy. It’s a great place to learn the Word of God and to know the God of the Word.
Legacy Bible College is an independent, evangelical Christian institution. Our mission is to train godly, biblically faithful, forward looking leaders for the evangelical community. We offer a unique hybrid format of combining on-campus and on-line education founded on Christian values and a Biblical Worldview offering degrees to Christian students in the Tennessee Valley.
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 Institute in 1979 with 19 students enrolled from Heritage and from other churches. The institute 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 Institute was founded at Whitesburg Baptist Church to make formal Biblical and theological training readily available to everyone in the North Alabama area. This Institute was the realization of a vision of Dr. Jimmy Jackson, the first Chairman of the Institute, 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 institute joined together in the spring of 2001 to become Whitesburg Heritage Bible College (WHBC), and the college moved to Whitesburg Baptist Church.
Just recently our name has changed again, to Legacy Bible College. Although we are still located in the Whitesburg Baptist Church facility we are now a completely autonomous 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.
LBC uses a hybrid teaching style that allows working professionals to maintain their careers while working towards their future. We utilize distance learning collaborative technology that allows us to meet once per week in an eight week course and apply that knowledge online throughout the week on the students’ schedules. Some people wake up early and refreshed and can focus well on their Legacy work and others get their mental energies recharged at night. This system uses Populi technology to provide flexibility in a collaborative environment where some assignments allow students to work together on projects or provide feedback on discussions.