Trinity Baptist College was founded in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church for the purpose of preparing people for ministry while maintaining a close relationship with a functioning local church. The church had a burden for education and recognized this opportunity as an effective way to impact the community and train students for ministry and missions. TBC relocated from McDuff Avenue to its current campus on Hammond Blvd in 1988. Under the leadership of Dr. Shoemaker, the college became accredited in 1997.
TBC’s mission is to prepare Christian men and women for life and ministry by providing students with higher education from a Christian worldview. For over 40 years, Trinity has offered education in biblical studies to prepare students for full-time ministry. In recent years, Trinity has expanded to offer both general and professional studies, liberal arts degree programs, and graduate studies. Trinity Baptist College’s unique relationship with Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Christian Academy provides students with opportunities for internships and real-world, field-specific experience as part of our “Learn and Serve” philosophy.
We believe that every believer is called to missions, some as their vocation and others in their vocation. Upon graduating from Trinity Baptist College, students will be well-equipped to serve in their area of study and to make a difference in the Kingdom of God.
Trinity Baptist College shares approximately 140 acres with Trinity Ministries on the westside of Jacksonville, Florida. Minutes away from downtown Jacksonville and less than an hour away from area beaches, the campus is ideally situated for college students in search of employment or recreation.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men and supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any error; and therefore is and shall remain the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (II Tim 3:16; I Peter 1:21).
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90); that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, eternal with the Father, was begotten of the Holy Ghost; that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John 1:1,2). He is both true man, one person with two natures, tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-17).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; eternal and equal with God the Father and God the Son (I John 5:7); that He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:2); that in the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness of the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, bears witness with, sanctifies, and helps the believer (John 14:7; Romans 8:14-27).
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression, he fell from his sinless state (Genesis 3), in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners and therefore under just condemnation and are guilty before God (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3). We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is the new creation in Jesus Christ (John 3:3,5); that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8,9).
We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matt 28:19,20).
We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9); we believe the true mission of the church is found in the "Great Commission" which instructs us first, to make individual disciples (Matt 28:19,20); second, to baptize the converts; and third, to teach and instruct as He commanded.