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We are unlike any other institution of higher learning- one of the lowest tuition costs of any similar school with a high quality, full term, on-line education. In order to keep tuition low and to support as many students who want a Christian education as possible, we depend on donations to our institution. We ask that you help us to make this dream a reality for aspiring ministers and Christian workers everywhere. Please donate through our GoFundMe/McDowell-Bible-College account which is linked as 'Donate' above.


About McDowell Bible College

Who Are We?
Licensure and Accreditation
School Spirit
Doctrinal Statement
About the Founder
We Need Your Support

Who Are We?

McDowell Bible College (MBC) is a non-profit, low tuition college serving English speaking Christian students around the world. MBC is a fairly new institution of higher learning formed to provide a well-needed, quality but inexpensive education for those seeking service in churches or non-profit religious organizations. We exist to serve students from Christian churches who want a quality education that prepares them to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in their churches or non-profit religious organizations. But more importantly, we provide this service at a very low cost so that anyone can afford to get the biblical, ministerial and religious service education they need. It is open to any Christian who is reasonably in agreement with our Doctrinal Statement.

Licensure and Accreditation
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McDowell Bible College (sometimes referred to in this document as “MBC”) is a private, nonprofit institution incorporated in the State of Alabama not aligned with any other institution public or private. MBC has qualified for exemption from licensure pursuant to Code of Alabama, Title 16-46-1 through 10. This exemption was granted subject to conditions stated in Section 16-46-3-1(1). This exemption allows McDowell Bible College to conduct training in “preparation for the ministry of an established church, denomination, or religion” in the State of Alabama. It does not constitute endorsement by the state. McDowell Bible College is also recognized by the National Bible College Association as an accredited educational institution meeting their standards for certification and accreditation. When we have met their requirements for minimum years of existence, we will be seeking accreditation from a Department of Education recognized acceditation agency. However, our academic standards are already high and equivalent or exceeding the level of many if not most colleges and universities with on-line programs and government recognized accreditation. You will be proud of the certificate or diploma you get at McDowell Bible College.

School Spirit

The school spirit for all Christian students and faculty is our knowledge that we have the assistance of the Holy Spirit as we study God's Word and prepare ourselves to better serve Him. As Christians, the interaction between students is, and should be, friendlier than you will find in a secular institution. We like to keep it that way, so as a student, remember to keep it friendly.

The McDowell Bible College logo is the McDowell coat of arms with the words "Bible College" and our school motto added.

The school motto is the latin phrase sed Deus illuminat which means "God enlightens".

The school mascot - Saints. Being mostly an on-line college, we do not have any athletic or scholastic teams at this time. However, as Paul wrote to the early churches calling those members 'Saints', we call ourselves the McDowell Bible College Saints who study His Word and strive through study and the help of the Holy Spirit to serve Him better.

The school colors are Blue, White and Gold. Blue signifies truth and faith. White reminds us to be pure in our thoughts and actions. Gold signifies the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ who we lift up in all that we do.

We encourage wearing the school logo and colors proudly, so we occasionally offer reasonably priced student apparel and other items with the logo for sale to our students. A portion of the proceeds from those sales are used to help keep costs down for students and allows us to offer scholarships to students.

Interactive On-Line Classroom - While we encourage a diverse International faculty and student body from around the world in scope, our students can maintain an identity with the school and form relationships in their classes. We have an internal forum established for each class where students can discuss topics with each other and can open a discussion with the instructor. So that there will be interaction between students and between students and faculty, we encourage our instructors to add at least one discussion forum as part of the class requirement. To seek private help from instructors or private interaction between students, we also have an internal on-line messaging system that can be used for private communication.

Doctrinal Statement

• We believe that the scriptures in the bible are the inspired Word of God.

• We believe that there is one God that exists in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience.

• We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and born of the virgin Mary; that He shed His blood on Calvary as a substitute for our sins and for the salvation of those who, in faith, receive Him as Savior and are born again in the Holy Spirit.

• We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide.

• We believe in the priesthood of the believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ and that there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ.

• We believe in the Great Commission and that all Christians should help to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and that it is our goal as a bible college to help equip Christians with the knowledge necessary to achieve this goal through quality biblical, ministerial and religious service education at a reasonable cost.

About the Founder

MBC is founded by Pastor Larry Joe McDowell who was in music and worship ministry off and on over a fifty-year period. After he received the call to pastoral ministry, he attended seminary to obtain two additional advanced degrees in ministry and divinity and now serves as a senior pastor of a church in addition to his duties with MBC. During his years in music ministry, he completed a twenty-year career in the U.S. Army and another twenty-year career in programming. It was his programming skills and computer related advanced degree that helped to build this on-line college without having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars investment for on-line software and computer resources. He donates these resources and his time to maintain these resources for MBC.

Pastor Larry was also a member of Gideons International off and on for twenty years and has a great respect for the power of God's Word. In and out of the military, he is well traveled, having lived in many countries in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. While traveling, he was an adjunct lecturer in five colleges and universities from Japan to Germany to the U.S. In his travels Pastor Larry has met Christians and pastors from around the world and has attended and served in scores of military chapels and churches all around the world. It is the combination of that world vision, the desire to build a reasonably priced biblical and religious service education, and the need to combine his college teaching experience, programming skills and ministerial training, that allowed him to create this institution now known as McDowell Bible College. The naming of the institution was not a matter of ego, but by putting his name on the institution, he wanted to show that he was fully vested in its success.

Pastor Larry now serves as the Dean of the College and a director and President of MBC non-profit corporation. He also does some lecturing in our courses and manages our IT department, on-line software and computer resources. In addition to the three masters degrees, he is currently in pursuit of a Doctor of Ministry and has begun the process of starting on a PhD in Educational Leadership. Dean McDowell holds a lifetime teaching credential from the California Community Colleges system to teach "English, Writing, Technical Writing, Business Writing, Journalism, English as a Second Language, History, Geography and Social Studies" at the community college level. The advanced degrees and California credentials allow him to teach a wide array of subjects that the school offers.

Dean McDowell is married to Qunhong Tan who is a chemical engineer with over ten years of experience. She teaches our religious focused math and science survey courses. She is also a director of the college non-profit corporation and director of admissions. "Hong" comes from Jiangmen, China where Dean McDowell married her and lived for a year teaching English in private and public schools in the area. They now live in Birmingham, Alabama where they work hard for the college and minister at their church.

We Need Your Support

As with any institution of higher learning, in order to keep tuition low and to support as many students who want a Christian education as possible, we depend on donations to our institution. We ask that you help us to make this dream a reality. We hope you will take the time to donate and help us meet this mission of training more church ministers, leaders, administrators, teachers and workers from around the world as they prepare to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and to the "ends of the earth". Please donate through our GoFundMe.com/McDowell-Bible-College account which is linked labeled 'Donate' below.

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McDowell Bible College
An on-line international school that serves English speaking Christian students around the world.
sed Deus illuminat - God Enlightens