Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary has the purpose of training men and women for a life of service to the Lord Jesus Christ. God has called this institution into existence for His own glory, therefore, the administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to training people for His service.
Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia. PBCTS is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission, an international accrediting agency overseeing the quality of education provided by smaller Christian colleges and seminaries. They may be contacted at 2310 E. Alessandro Blvd., Suite A-210, Riverside, CA 92508 or by phone at (951) 656-3590.
On Campus and Online Bible Learning
Providence Bible College & Theological Seminary draws from a rich spiritual heritage. First founded as Whitfield Institute of Tidewater in 1952, the history of PBCTS has been one of progressive development. In the desire to model itself after the ministry of George Whitfield. “that wherever a group of disciples will gather, leadership training is provided to build up God’s people,” the Institute emerged with a small group of students and mostly volunteer staff, bringing an innovated approach to providing local church members with excellent training.
Eventually, PBCTS was incorporated in 1987 as a Religious Institution with the Virginia Council of Higher Education, authorized to grant degrees in Religion. In 1995, Dr. Raymond W. Stiles, a local businessman in the Hampton Roads area, with a background in education and law, took over as President of Providence Bible College. After becoming President, Dr. Stiles oversaw the formation of the Distance Education program, the creation of the Graduate School, and Veteran’s Tuition benefits program approval.
PBCTS’ current president, Rev. Dr. Reginald Woodhouse, provides strong visionary leadership by completing the implementation of PBCTS Online classes program, by expanding its course offerings and its campus presence. Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary continues to provide quality educational programs in biblical studies and theology. PBCTS students have graduated with ministry and Bible degrees at the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels and have gone on to serve God in capacities as Pastors, Bible Teachers, and missionaries. Our degrees are offered with specializations in ministry areas like pastoral work, missions, and biblical education. Our theological views agree with the Apostle’s Creed, the Council of Nicea and the Reformation. Graduates come from Baptist, Reformed, and all interdenominational backgrounds.