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This week is Heritage Week in Kentucky Mountain Bible College chapel. Dr. Wilfred Fisher spoke this morning, sharing the early history of KMBC. Much of this early history is intertwined with the establishment of the Kentucky Mountain Holiness Association along with Mount Carmel.
Dr. Speas introduced the series with emphasis upon keeping our reference points as based upon our history and our Biblical world view. Dr. Fisher provided history and a first hand account of our thrilling history.
He told of Dr. Lela McConnell’s call and vision to establish holiness churches and schools in Eastern Kentucky. Revival meetings in school houses, character shaping hardship, prevailing prayer, and many miracles birthed this work of faith. God’s promise was Joshua 17:18, “But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.”
Kentucky Mountain Bible College was established in 1931 to prepare saved and sanctified servants for ministry. Dr. Fisher told of visiting the original campus in 1938, and the tragic flood of 1939 that destroyed that site, taking the lives of Horace Myers and his three children. It seemed the certain end of KMBC. But God!
Dr. Fisher told of KMBC’s relocation to the current site and adventures with bad water, natural gas heat and light, and miracles of God’s provision. Dr. Fisher’s charisma, poise, and anointing is evident yet today at age 95. Wilfred and Alice Fisher have been employed at KMBC since December, 1939, all but 8 years of our 78 year history. What a thrilling heritage we enjoy!
Today, Kentucky Mountain Bible College exists as a Bible-centered undergraduate higher educational institution in a residential setting whose mission is to equip men and women to serve 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.