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History 

1996

Founding

Bethel Bible Institute (BBI) was founded by Dr. John Mannion for the purpose of training missionaries and church leaders. Pastor Ron Johnson, who was a sectional presbyter with the Potomac District, assumed the presidency.

    1997

    Approved by Potomac District AG

    BBI was approved by the Potomac District of the Assemblies of God as a training institute to provide the educational requirements for credentialing ministers at the certification and licensing level with the Assemblies of God.

    1998

    Rev. Stuart Ross expands training

    Rev. Stuart Ross was appointed as director to lead the school for training pastors, evangelists, missionaries, Christian education workers, and lay ministers. Rev. Ross was instrumental in positioning the school for the training of Hampton Master’s Commission students and local pastors.

    2002

    The vision for a four-year college

    Pastor Ron Johnson appointed Dr. Terry Minter as President of Bethel Bible Institute. Pastor Johnson and Dr. Minter envisioned a four-year college and began the transition from a Bible Institute into a college that awards both bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.

    2005

    Renamed as Bethel College

    Bethel College was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is a recognized IRS non-profit corporation.

    2006

    New Facility with Bethel Church

    Bethel College moved into a new facility with a new library and several new classrooms to be shared with Bethel Church. Bethel College continues to prepare people for ministry and training church planters.

    2009

    Accreditation process begins

    America’s premier Biblical accreditation agency, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, granted Bethel College a new level of accreditation, Candidacy Status.

    2013

    Accreditation awarded

    Bethel College is granted accreditation status.

    2020

    Renamed as Ascent College with new, hybrid instructional model

    Bethel College is renamed Ascent College. Inspired by the Church in Ascent (Acts 11) where the disciples were first called Christians, a new model for ministry leadership training is launched to combine online classroom studies with apprentice-style, hands-on training at partner sites.

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