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Winston-Salem Bible College

by Helen Losse, 2006

"The First Graduating Class of Carolina Christian College." Image courtesy of Carolina Christian College. Winston-Salem Bible College, formerly the Christian Institute, began in 1945 in a storefront building on Wheeler Street in Winston-Salem. After a shaky beginning during which the college was forced to close its doors twice due to inadequate financing, it reopened in 1950 as a "special purpose" undergraduate institution whose mission was to educate and train workers for evangelism in areas not currently reached by existing churches, especially in the African American community. In 1976 the college moved to a new location on Northampton Drive. During the 1960s and 1970s it expanded and began to train workers from Central America, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean as well as students from the United States. An emphasis on urban ministry and a desire to foster communication between people of different cultures emerged. The college soon had trained more than 70 ministers in the Triad area of North Carolina and 30 percent of the ministers in the region's Independent Christian Churches. The student body of the modern Winston-Salem Bible College averages about 70 percent black, 15 percent white, and 10 percent foreign.

Update from N.C. Government & Heritage Library staff: 

Winston-Salem Bible College changed its name to Carolina Christian College in the fall of 2007 (see:,286774)


W. Ray Kelley, Urban Ministry Training in an Inter-Racial Environment (1995).

Kelley, Winston-Salem Bible College: How It All Began (1993).

Additional Resources:

Carolina Christian College (formerly Winston-Salem Bible College) official website: (accessed September 17, 2013).

Statistical abstract of higher education in North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Annual; Vols. for -1971/72 issued by the North Carolina Board of Higher Education; 1972-73- , by the University of North Carolina (System); Electronic holdings begin 2002/2003:,286774.

Image Credit:

"The First Graduating Class of Carolina Christian College." Image courtesy of Carolina Christian College. Available from (accessed November 6, 2012).

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i didn't know u changed your name of your college. I couldn't find your phone number,
. I am trying to find out information about what days and week is the Christmas outdoor
pageant you have out doors every December for 2016. please answer my e mail to give me the
info about your out door Christmas pageant. what time of day does it start and what street do you park at?? is it free. I went there 2 years ago to see the pageant outdoors at night but need info before its over with. thanks patty dickerson


Dear Patty,

Thankyou for visiting NCpedia and taking time to share your question. 

You left your question on an encyclopedia article about the Winston-Salem Bible College on NCpedia, North Carolina’s online encyclopedia. And unfortunately, we do not have any additional information about the school or the pageant.  I have done some searches on the internet and don’t find anything additional either.  In fact, it seems that the school’s website is no longer accessible either.  It may be that they have either closed or changed their name.  And at the moment I am not able to piece together any more information.

You may want to contact the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce or the City to see if they might have any additional information.  Here are their websites:

I hope this helps a bit. 

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan


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