In the early days of KMBC, then known as Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute (KMBI), the majority of the leaders were women. Miss Martha Archer co-founded KMBI with Miss McConnell. She served as Vice President, Academic Dean, and Instructor. She was a Quaker lady who had been a school-teacher before coming to work with Miss McConnell in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She, like Miss Lela McConnell, was a graduate of Asbury College.
For awhile, Miss Archer struggled with seeking sanctification. She knew she was hungry for it, but she had a persistent fear of being called to Africa and eaten by lions if she completely surrendered to God. She finally died out to her fears and was wonderfully sanctified. She never went to Africa, but was led to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky instead.
Miss Archer taught at Mount Carmel in the early years. One day, Miss McConnell told her, “Martha, you’re going to start a Bible school!” Miss Archer felt she had no idea how to start a Bible school, but she took comfort in Psalm 25:9, “The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way.” Her confidence was not in herself, but in the Lord.