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KMBC was founded in 1931 by two outstanding Christian leaders, Dr. Lela G. McConnell and Rev. Martha L. Archer, who answered God’s call to establish a college dedicated to preparing students for a ministry of spreading scriptural holiness.
The early years of the college were characterized by hardship, sacrifice, unwavering commitment, heroic faith, and joyful service. The founders of Kentucky Mountain Bible College were true spiritual giants! Out of this rich, godly heritage KMBC has grown to be the great school it is today. God's leadership is evident throughout the history of the school and in His choice of the early leaders who laid a good, spiritual foundation!
Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (KMBI), as it was originally known, was located approximately 3 miles from its present site. It initially offered a two year Bible course, and expanded its program to three years in 1938. 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 that were near the school. Forty-four houses, sixty barns, numerous 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, 1939, the school re-opened at a new site donated by Fred Fletcher. The new campus was located far above flood waters.
Since its beginning, 70% of Kentucky Mountain Bible College graduates have entered Christian ministries. Eighteen percent have served as foreign missionaries in more than sixty countries. An impressive number have risen to leadership positions in many Christian organizations.
Accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education in 1994 brought the college into a recognized position in higher education.
Kentucky Mountain Bible College graduates are promoting and demonstrating scriptural holiness as missionaries, ministers, and lay leaders in America and on mission fields around the world. Alumni are filling places of Christian leadership in many denominations, mission societies, and other Christian organizations.