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Zion Bible College

Zion Bible College logo
Motto Zion, the joy of the whole earth!
Established 1924
Type Private
Religious affiliation Assemblies of God
President Charles Crabtree
Students 250
Location Haverhill, MA, USA
42°45′56″N 71°04′48″W / 42.765454°N 71.080009°W / 42.765454; -71.080009Coordinates: 42°45′56″N 71°04′48″W / 42.765454°N 71.080009°W / 42.765454; -71.080009
Former names Mount Zion Bible School, School of the Prophets, Zion Bible Institute
Website www.zbc.edu

Zion Bible College (ZBC) is a bible college in Haverhill, Massachusetts. ZBC's sole purpose is to educate and prepare Pentecostal leaders for work in pastoral ministry, prophetic ministry, evangelistic ministry and teaching.



The School of the Prophets was founded in 1924 by Rev. Christine Gibson at East Providence, Rhode Island.[1] It was also at one time named Mount Zion Bible School. Later, as the Zion Bible Institute, it was closely associated with Zion Gospel Temple, originally a Holiness congregation founded in the late 19th century by Rev. Alphaeus Cleveland and subsequently pastored by Rev. Christine Gibson. The congregation later affiliated with the Pentecostal revival and is to this day an independent Pentecostal church. The nearby Zion Faith Home, Inc., a retirement home for missionaries, was also connected with the school and church for many years while the campus was located in East Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1985, Zion Bible Institute relocated to the former campus of Barrington College in Barrington, Rhode Island. At the time the Institute was under the leadership of Dr. N. Benjamin Crandall, president from 1985 to 2000. The centerpiece of the campus was the former Peck Mansion, a building listed on the registry of historic sites for the state of Rhode Island. Renamed as the Gibson Memorial Building in honor of the Institute's founder, it housed the President's Office, a variety of additional offices, and the library.

Following Crandall, Rev. George Cope served as president from 2000 to 2005. The college became affiliated with the Assemblies of God in 2000. In 2001, it was accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[2] In 2007, former assistant superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Reverend Charles Crabtree, accepted the position of president.[3]

In 2007, David Green, CEO and founder of the Hobby Lobby chain of hobby stores, purchased the former Bradford College campus in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The 18-acre campus was given to Zion Bible College, and Zion was to fund the repairs and upgrades that were necessary before the shuttered Bradford College campus was reopened.[4] The college reopened on their new campus in the fall of 2008.


Campus of Bradford Academy, ca. 1905

The campus, formerly that of Bradford College, is located in the Bradford section of Haverhill.


The only degree granted by the college is a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies.[5] For this major students complete core coursework in Biblical studies and Systematic Theology. Each student is required to specify a minor.[6]

In 2006, ZBC launched a program called "Catalyst", in which students participate in "hands on" ministry at a local church. This program was to serve as a college-based alternative to the Master's Commission program founded by Lloyd Zigler. Six core churches are currently participating in the program.[6]


It is accredited with the Association for Biblical Higher Education[7] and officially endorsed by the Assemblies of God.

Student life

Student life at ZBC is different from that of a secular college, in that it tends to be more conservative and regulatory.

Chapel is held Monday through Thursday. Attendance is mandatory for all fulltime students. On one Monday per month, there are class prayers. Each class (freshman, sophomores, etc.) meets in a specified location to pray with one another and handle class business.

Each student is required to complete S.P.I.C.E (Student Participation In Campus Experience) hours. S.P.I.C.E. assignments include grounds, cleaning crew, security, audio/visual, and mailroom, among others. All fulltime students are required to participate in the S.P.I.C.E. program. A fulltime, on-campus student must complete five hours per week. A fulltime married student or off-campus student must complete three hours per week.[8]


Dress code

There is a dress code for class attendance, chapel attendance, and leisure time.[9] Class attire includes a collared shirt and slacks or a nice pair of jeans for men; and a conservative, modest top with a skirt, dress slacks, or a nice pair of jeans for women.

On personal time, modest pants and shirts can be worn, but shorts and skirts must extend to below the knee. Students are asked to refrain from wearing sweat pants, spandex pants, tank tops, muscle shirts, body rings, tattoos, form-fitting clothing, and sleeveless shirts. Males may not wear earrings, and females may not wear multiple or dangling earrings. Hair is expected to be groomed and neat in appearance. Men’s haircuts must be trimmed and not longer than the top of a conventional shirt collar.

The dress code is monitored daily by the faculty and staff for compliance. Any student who is found to be noncompliant is required to change their clothing before attending class, chapel, or school functions and may be fined by the Resident Director or Resident Assistants.[8]

Residence life

Students are required to live on campus while attending Zion Bible College. The only exceptions to this rule are given to married students or students living with their parents or legal guardians (called off-campus students). On occasion, off-campus may be required to live on campus for at least one academic year.

There is one dormitory for men (Tupelo East) and one for women (Tupelo West). There is currently no on-campus housing for married students. Non-married students are held to nightly campus curfew, room curfew, and weekly room inspections. A violation of curfew is punishable by fines or more severe curfew restrictions.[8]


There are several traveling teams at Zion. These teams provide "ministry" opportunities to the students attending Zion Bible College. The teams are overseen by Zion Bible College staff, but the teams are made up of students. These teams can provide music, dramatic presentations, children's activities, and special speakers to churches, camps, and other organizations.

  • "Dwelling Place" — Traveling music team
  • "Appointed" — Dramatic arts team
  • "Studio Z" — Children's activities team
  • "Student Preachers" — Team of special speakers for church events, camp, etc.
  • "Missions Teams" — Teams dedicated to spreading the heart of missions to local churches.



  1. ^ Wilson, Mary Campbell (1993). The obedience of faith: the story of Rev. Christine A. Gibson, founder of Zion Bible Institute. Victory House. ISBN 9780932081322. 
  2. ^ Bible College
  3. ^ "Zion Bible College Accreditation". http://web.archive.org/web/20070106174138/http://www.zbc.edu/accreditation.html. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Bradford College to change hands today; Deal allows Zion Bible College to move onto campus". The Eagle-Tribune Online. 2007-09-17. http://www.eagletribune.com/punewshh/local_story_260115541. Retrieved 2007-10-31. 
  5. ^ Zion Bible College
  6. ^ a b "Assemblies of God - Zion Bible College". http://colleges.ag.org/college_guide/zbc.cfm. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  7. ^ Directory of Accredited Members, ABHE
  8. ^ a b c "Zion Bible College Student Handbook". http://zbc.edu/documents/handbook.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  9. ^ "Dress Code". Zion Bible College Student Handbook: pp. 30–32. http://zbc.edu/documents/handbook.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 

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