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Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Mid-Atlantic Christian University.jpg
Motto Set for the Defense of the Gospel
Established 1948
Type Private
President D. Clay Perkins
Faculty 15
Students 190
Location Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.
36°18′15″N 76°13′01″W / 36.304093°N 76.216847°W / 36.304093; -76.216847Coordinates: 36°18′15″N 76°13′01″W / 36.304093°N 76.216847°W / 36.304093; -76.216847
Nickname Mustangs
Affiliations Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ

Mid-Atlantic Christian University or MACU (formerly Roanoke Bible College) is a private Christian college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States. It is supported by Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, which is part of the Restoration Movement.



MACU North Campus

Mid-Atlantic Christian University was founded as Roanoke Bible College in 1948 by George W. BonDurant and his wife, Sarah, to train preachers for churches in eastern North Carolina and the Tidewater region of Virginia. The BonDurants had previously founded Atlanta Christian College in 1937 and George BonDurant served as its first President until 1947, when he left over a dispute with the trustees. George BonDurant then found employment as an evangelist of the Roanoke District Churches of Christ in eastern North Carolina in 1947. The BonDurants founded MACU due to the extreme lack of preachers in the area at the time.[1] Classes began in 1948 with 12 full-time students.[2] The first group of transfer students graduated in 1950 and the first class to complete all four years at MACU graduated in 1952.

MACU has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1979.[3] It has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1999.[4]

MACU absorbed the remaining funds, library holdings, and equipment from Eastern Christian College when it closed in 2005.[5][6] MACU officially changed its name to Mid-Atlantic Christian University in the summer of 2009.[7]


Current enrollment is 190 with approximately 15 faculty members. MACU has agreements with Elizabeth City State University and College of the Albemarle allowing dual enrollment. The school has a Student-faculty ratio of 14-1, an average class size of 15, and 80% of faculty have a Ph.D. or equivalent.[8]

All students major in Bible, and can double major in Applied Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Ministry, General Ministry, Leadership & Administration, Preaching, or Youth and Family Ministry.


MACU fields five varsity sports[citation needed] and competes in the Shenandoah-Chesapeake Conference. No athletic scholarships are currently offered. All athletes join on a walk-on basis.


Heritage Hall
Albert C. Blanton III Campus Life Center

The MACU campus is located on the Pasquotank River, less than a mile from downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina. East and West campus are divided by North Poindexter Street.[9]

West Campus:

  • Wilkinson Hall, original building -- administration
  • Faith Hall, 1951 -- faculty offices and admissions & financial aid office
  • Heritage Hall, 1965 -- classrooms and cafeteria

East Campus:

  • Pearl A. Presley Hall, 1976 -- women's dormitory
  • Harold C. Turner Hall, 1985 -- men's dormintory and student center
  • Albert C. Blanton III Campus Life Center, 1998 -- library, gymnasium, and chapel


Every year during the fall semester, the seniors organize a Sneak Day. They wake up the rest of the students shortly after 4:00 AM and take them to a secret location off campus for a day of fun and relaxation. Faculty and staff are unaware of exact date of Sneak Day until they find no one attending morning classes.[10]

Notable Alumni

Presidents of Mid-Atlantic Christian University


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