The Liberia Assemblies of God Bible College (LAGBC) was founded in 1980. This was a joint, cooperative effort between the Liberia Assemblies of God, under the leadership of the late Rev. Jimmie K. Dugbe; the USA Assemblies of God, and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
The college has had four Presidents: Rev. James D. Kelly (1980-1990), Dr. Michael Middlebrock (1999-2001), Dr. Philip Bowler (2001 -2010), and Dr. Jimmy B. Kuoh (2011-present). LAGBC initially offered a bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology from 1980 to 2005, and introduced the Bachelor of Theology degree in 2006.
Over the years, the LAGBC administration has prayed and worked towards the decentralization of its programs to others parts of Liberia. This would open training opportunities to many other men and women of God with proven ministerial skills and academic competence to qualify them for a bachelor degree program. Consequently, on October 3, 2007, the LAGBC administration announced the launching of two extension centers in Southeastern Liberia, namely, Pleebo Extension Center and Zwedru Extension Center.
Meanwhile, an evening program was also opened at the First Assembly of God, Carey/Buchanan Streets, on June 2, 2008.
In response to the demand for higher theological training for ministers in Bong and Nimba Counties, an extension center was also opened in Ganta City, Nimba County in October, 2008. Another extension center will open soon in Foyah, Lofa County, to meet the theological training needs of ministers in that area.
All courses at these extension centers are offered in block sessions, perming students to remain in ministry at the time of study. Student are allowed to complete 107 credits (three years of study) at the extension center. The final year of study for the bachelor’s program is done at the Brewerville main campus. This enables our extension students to build relationships with their colleagues from across the country.
LAGBC has trained many men and women since its establishment in 1980. More than 95 percent of our graduates are in active ministry, a good number of them serving in denominational and other leadership capacities.