History of IBCS
International Baptist College (IBC) opened for its first semester on September 8, 1981 with fifteen full-time students. TBC founding pastor, Dr. James Singleton realized that there were very few places to train young men and women for the gospel ministries that would uniquely meet the needs of the West, yet become international in scope and ministry. In October of 1980, Tri-City Baptist Church voted to organize International Baptist College, and classes began in the fall of 1981.
In 1985, the charter four-year class commencement was held. In 1986, the graduate programs began and, over the years, full-time faculty have been added as undergraduate and graduate degree programs continue to expand.
In October of 1994 Dr. Jerry Tetreau became President of IBC. At that time the Transnational Association of Christian Schools and Colleges (TRACS) granted International Baptist College the Candidacy level of accreditation. Several years later, IBC achieved TRACS-accredited status which continues today.
On March 6, 2005, International Baptist College and Tri-City Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Michael Sproul, broke ground on the new property at Dobson and Germann Roads in Chandler, Arizona. Students moved into the first building, the college dormitory, Singleton Hall, just before the 2006 school year began. This was the first phase of the “Invest and Build for Eternity” project that culminated when Tri-City Baptist Church and IBC relocated to the new property in August 2009.
The combined vision of Dr. Singleton, Dr. Sproul, and Dr. Tetreau continued to expand under the leadership of Dr. David Brock, Interim President Dr. Larry Ball, and currently through the presidency of Dr. Kenneth M. Endean, a man with almost 30 years of ministry experience.
In October 2011, IBC became IBCS with the addition of the seminary, and in 2015, IBCS opened a Teaching Site at Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminster, Colorado.
Today, IBCS continues to move forward in mentoring God-fearing leaders for ministries in the West and throughout the world.