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Kentucky Mountain Bible College
Motto Preparing Holiness Workers
Established 1931
Type Private
President Dr. Philip Speas
Location Vancleve, Kentucky, USA

Kentucky Mountain Bible College (located near Jackson, KY in Breathitt County) was established in 1931 by Dr. Lela G. McConnell and Rev. Martha Archer in order to train young people from the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky in the areas of ministry and missions. KMBC is a ministry of the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association. Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute initially offered a two year Bible course, later expanding to a three year program in 1938. In 1989 Candidate Status was granted for institutional accreditation with the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now Association for Biblical Higher Education). With this KMBC began offering a four-year B.A. Degree in Religion along with a two-year A.A. Degree in Bible/Biblical Studies. In 1994, KMBC was granted membership with AABC (ABHE). KMBC now has over 1000 graduates scattered around the world serving in various aspects of Christian ministry.



KMBC was established in 1931 by Dr. Lela G. McConnell for the religious training of young people in the Kentucky Mountains. At the time it was named Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (KMBI) and was located approximately three miles from the present site. On July 5, 1939 a cloudburst on Frozen Creek caused a flash flood that destroyed the original school, as well as many of the homes near the school. Forty-four houses, sixty barns, many trees, cattle, and rocks, were picked up, carried away and dashed to pieces. Fifty-two people lost their lives in less than three hours. In October of the same year, the school re-opened at a new site, located above the flood plain, in a half-finished building with 18 students. Today KMBC continues to grow under the leadership of its fourth President Dr. Philip Speas.


The mission of KMBC is to equip God-called men and women with:

  • a passion to know God,
  • a passion to prepare for His Ministry,
  • a passion to live and teach the message of Biblical holiness,
  • and a passion to evangelize and disciple the world for Christ.

Statement of Doctrine

KMBC is committed to the Wesleyan interpretation of Christian doctrine and expects all members of faculty and staff to affirm yearly their allegiance to the doctrine, including the following positions:

1. The supreme authority, the divine, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, inerrant in the original.

2. One God, self-existent, revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are co-equal and co-eternal.

3. The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, vicarious atonement, bodily resurrection and personal premillennial return.

4. The person and deity of the Holy Spirit.

5. The lost condition of man who was made in the image of God and by transgression fell.

6. The universal inheritance of depravity of soul and spiritual death.

7. Justification provided through Christ's atonement for all who repent and believe.

8. Entire sanctification as an instantaneous work of grace wrought in the believer through faith, subsequent to regeneration and witnessed to by the Holy Spirit: the heart is cleansed from all sin and filled with the pure love of the Holy Spirit.

9. Speaking in unknown tongues in public or private worship (including "prayer language") contradicts Biblical teaching. The practice or promotion of such is not permitted. (While we do not endorse modern charismatic practices, we do maintain warm hearted Christian fellowship with them).

10. The resurrection and glorification of the saints and the eternal punishment of the wicked.

11. The progressive growth in grace toward Christian maturity through a consistent Christian life of faith and good works.

12. The ordinances instituted by Christ: water baptism and the Lord's Supper.

13. A Biblical view regarding marital faithfulness and monogamy, condemning promiscuity, fornication, and homosexual acts/lifestyle.

Fictional alumnus

Kenneth Parcell, a character on the sitcom 30 Rock.

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