Over 20 years of history is spread out into 3 distinct locations:
The Nesler Road property, the McHenry facility, and the current River Road campus.
The history of Providence Baptist College had its beginning in May of 1982, Bro. Keith Gomez officially became Pastor of Northwest Bible Baptist Church. With an immediate burden to see his people continue to grow in Christ, he immediately instituted a ministry called the “Family Bible Institute”. Then, in the fall of 1987, in response to the interest being generated by people from outside of Northwest Bible Baptist Church, the name was changed to Northwest Baptist Institute. During the years to follow, formal plans were made which would start laying the groundwork for a future four-year Bible college.
Due to facility limitations, the implementation of this dream had to be slowed until spring of 1995, when Northwest Bible Baptist Church purchased land and began construction of its new complex, located in Elgin, IL. As the construction of the church took place, a watchful eye was kept in order to lay out the structure which would also house a four-year Bible college. The new church building was occupied in 1996, and then after years of planning, praying, and preparation, the doors to Providence Baptist College were opened on August 24, 1998. For three years the college experienced steady growth. Because of this growth, a decision was made in September 2001 to purchase a Ramada Inn located in McHenry, IL, to house the growing student body.
While the campus in McHenry provided needed office, classroom, and dormitory space, it also began to grow crowded as the Lord blessed with more students each semester. To accommodate the continued growth of the college, a Best Western Hotel in Elgin, IL, was purchased in September of 2004. By November, minor renovation of the facility had been completed. Seventy van, truck, and trailer loads later having missed only three days of classes, the fall semester resumed in the new Elgin campus.
Excitement for the future remains high, with graduates serving all over the world and many more students expected to join us next year in preparation to serve the Lord. From the staff and faculty who have labored to the students who have so eagerly accepted the dynamic training they are given, we praise God, who gave a man a vision, which is now Providence Baptist College.