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Brief History

The Church of God in Christ, Inc. has more than five million members worldwide and has a longstanding commitment to education. All Saints Bible College is the only undergraduate level, degree-granting institution serving the denomination. All Saints Bible College began the structure process in July, 2001, by the directives of Presiding Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson and the General Board of the Church of God in Christ. The school's formation was the result of three Tennessee Jurisdictions within the Church of God in Christ merging their schools with the C. H. Mason Bible College of Memphis. All Saints Bible College was founded upon the principles defined by the Church of God in Christ's national educational initiative.

C. H. Mason Bible College was one component of the educational vision introduced to the Church of God in Christ by the late Presiding Bishop James Oglethorpe Patterson, Sr. This vision included the establishment of C. H. Mason Theological Seminary and the Charles Harrison Mason System of Bible Colleges in 1971. While the theological seminary was the property and responsibility of the national church, the system of Bible colleges was established by individual jurisdictions. The Bible colleges offered the jurisdictions a unified curriculum for the training of laypersons and credential holders. Dr. A. J. Hines of Houston, TX and a team of supporters were assigned the task of developing this system of Bible colleges. Dr. Hines organized a pilot school in Houston. Other schools modeled after the Houston project were developed in various cities around the nation. They eventually grew to include nearly 40 schools in the United States.

Beginning in 1973, the Church of God in Christ established schools in the C. H. Mason System of Bible Colleges in Memphis in the Tennessee Headquarters, in the Tennessee 4th and in the Tennessee 5th Jurisdictions. In 1998, the three-jurisdictional Bible Colleges merged and Bishops G. E. Patterson, J. O. Patterson Jr., and Samuel L. Lowe, representing their respective jurisdictions, served as Co-Presidents of the school. Elder Benjamin L. Smith was appointed the first Dean and was later succeeded by Dr. Perry C. Little. In December of 2000, Bishop G. E. Patterson and the Church of God in Christ General Board appointed Dr. Alonzo Johnson to guide the merging of the C. H. Mason Bible College of Memphis with the newly proposed All Saints Bible College. The merger was completed in 2002. Dr. Johnson served as the first President of All Saints Bible College.

In October of 2003, Bishop G. E. Patterson appointed Dr. Perry C. Little, the All Saints Bible College Dean of Student Affairs and instructor, to serve as the second President and in 2011, Dr. Granville Scruggs was appointed to serve as the third and current President by the Board of Directors and Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. After the passing of Bishop Patterson in March 2007, Bishop Charles E. Blake became the Church's Presiding Bishop. The Bishop G. E. Patterson Memorial Library was dedicated in the following November.

Located south of downtown Memphis, All Saints Bible College is housed at 930 Mason Street on the grounds of the World Headquarters of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Historic Mason Temple, built in 1940, and Mason Street are named for Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, the founder of the Church of God in Christ. Mason Temple, with a seating capacity of 5,000, has a rich history and has hosted many prominent persons. For many years it was the largest black-owned church auditorium in the United States. On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his final speech, "I've Been to the Mountain Top," from its pulpit. President William Jefferson Clinton, on November 13, 1993, during the 86th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ, gave his most significant address on race relations and moral values from its pulpit.

All Saints Bible College is accessible by both public transportation and private transportation from any part of the city. Major airlines such as Northwestern/KLM, American, and Delta serve the city's airport.

All Saints Bible College is located in The L. H. Ford Building, which is located on the property of the World Headquarters.

All Saints Bible College Library is housed on the second level of the Historic Mason Temple. There are over 40,000 volumes in the library, covering the fields of biblical studies, education, art, business, history, science, music, math, social sciences, psychology, et.al. The library provides on-line access to periodicals. The book collection is being electronically catalogued.

All Saints Bible College has articulation agreements from the following local colleges: Christian Brothers University, the University of Memphis, and Memphis Theological Seminary, all within the immediate vicinity of the All Saints Bible College campus.




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