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Campus church in Zarephath, New Jersey

Somerset Christian College is a four-year evangelical Christian college located in Zarephath, a religious community in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, 3 miles from Bound Brook. Founded in 2001, it is owned and operated by the Pillar of Fire Church in buildings formerly known as Alma White College.[1]


Religious ties

The Pillar of Fire Church developed out of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the American Holiness Movement. The organization, and in turn the college, maintain a connection to Wesleyanism. The college is run in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.


It is licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education to grant certificates, Associate's degrees and Bachelor's degrees in several biblical areas.

Most courses offered at the college are related to church history, pastoral theology, doctrine, and biblical studies, but general education in subjects such as world history, writing, public speaking, marketing, psychology, and mass communications are also provided.



The majors offered at Somerset are:

Standard of Conduct

SCC believes that the development of Christian character is the foundation for personal growth and development. In that light they believe that ..."actions such as stealing, the use of slanderous or profane language, occult practices, and sexual sins such as premarital sex, adultery and homosexual behavior are unacceptable." Illegal drug use and other "substances that are harmful to the temple of the indwelling Spirit" are also prohibited.[2]

Ministry partners

The college's ministry partners include:

  • Pillar of Fire, the mother ministry.
  • Autumn Blaze, a seasonal concert that once took place on the Zarephath campus but now has grown in size to require a move of venue to The Continental Airlines Arena. In 2008 this ministry ceased operations due to funding limitations.
  • Somerset Christian Academy, formerly Zarephath Academy, formerly Alma Preparatory School and Temple Christian Day School, this K-12 school opened in 1908 and closed in June 2009.
  • Star 99.1, a radio station which is broadcast live from Zarephath.
  • Victory Sports Camps, a summer sports camp.
  • Zarephath Christian Church, the Pillar of Fire Church congregation on the Zarephath campus.
  • Zarephath Health Center, a clinic which provides health care to the poor, uninsured and under-insured.

See also


  1. ^ "Mission, Vision and History". Somerset Christian College. Retrieved 2009-12-13. "ZBI became [sic] Somerset Christian College on March 23, 2001 when the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education issued the license to grant the two-year Associate in Biblical Studies degree. In 2006 the college was approved to offer four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees."  
  2. ^ "Somerset Christian College 2008-2009 Catalog". Pillar of Fire Church. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  

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Coordinates: 40°32′13″N 74°34′41″W / 40.537°N 74.578°W / 40.537; -74.578

Preceded by
Alma White College
Education at Zarephath, New Jersey
Succeeded by


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