Trinity Baptist College

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Trinity Baptist College
Motto Training Students for Life and Ministry
Type Private accredited
Established 1974
Affiliation Independent Baptist
Chancellor Thomas Messer
President Mac Heavener, Jr.
Executive Vice President Matthew Beemer
Administrative staff
28 full-time
Undergraduates 377 [1]
Location Jacksonville, Florida, USA
30°18′00″N 81°46′59″W / 30.3°N 81.783°W / 30.3; -81.783
Campus 800 Hammond Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32221
Colors Royal blue, gold, black, white                 
Affiliations Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
Mascot Eagles

Trinity Baptist College, TBC, is a private college located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church. It has been accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools since 1997. The college is currently under the leadership of chancellor Tom Messer.


Trinity Baptist College was founded in 1974 by Bob Gray, the former pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. It was originally located on the grounds previously occupied by the church on McDuff Avenue near downtown Jacksonville for 24 years.

In 1992, the church voted Thomas Messer to be the senior pastor of the church and he later became the president of the college. In 1995, Charles Shoemaker became the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the college. During Schoemaker's tenure, Trinity Baptist College expanded and moved to the west-side of Jacksonville, where it shares its campus with both Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Christian Academy. In 1998 the college was accredited by the Trans-national Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.

Degree programs

Trinity Baptist College currently offers both ministry and liberal arts Associate, Bachelor, and Master level degree programs. The newest programs to Trinity are the 3+3 Pre-Law program and the Business Administration program.


The student body is divided into eight groups known as societies, each having a name consisting of three Greek letters, similar to the style of fraternities and sororities. There are four societies for the men and four for the women. These have been established to provide Christian fellowship through meetings, activities, and competitions. The societies are involved in school projects and in fund-raising. Each has its own elected officials and offers opportunities for members to develop as leaders.[2]

The societies at Trinity Baptist College are:

Men's Societies

  • Sigma Lambda Kappa—ΣΛΚ
    (Speiron ton Logon Kuriou—Sowing the Word of the Lord)
  • Pi Ro Pi—ΠΡΠ
    (Pur, Romphaia, Pneuma—Fire, Sword, Spirit)
  • Pi Theta Kappa—ΠΘΚ
    (Parakletoi Theu Kosmos—Advocates of God to the World)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilone—ΑΩΕ
    (Emi to Alpha ki to Omega—I Am the Alpha and the Omega)

Women's Societies

  • Tri Delta—ΔΔΔ
    (Dioko, Douleuo, Doxazo—Follow, Serve, Glorify)
  • Tau Theta Epsilon—ΤΘΕ
    (Tas Thugatras Eireineis—Daughters of Peace)
  • Kappa Delta Chi—ΚΔΧ
    (Katharos Dia Christon—Pure on Account of Christ)
  • Pi Epsilon Alpha—ΠΕΑ
    (Pistis, Elpis, Agape—Faith, Hope, Charity)


LifeSong is a traveling music group that began in 2008, traveling as representatives of Trinity Baptist College and performing at various churches, schools, student ministries, and youth rallies across the United States.


Trinity Baptist College competes as the Eagles in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

The Eagles field women's teams in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball. Men's sports include soccer, basketball, and baseball. All sports compete at the division 2 level except baseball and softball, which are division 1.

The men's and women's basketball teams both reached the NCCAA national tournament and the final four in 2013. The men's soccer team won the NCCAA national championship in 2015.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ college statistics
  2. ^ 2010-11 TBC Catalog, pg. 18
  3. ^ "David Meeks' Biography". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Paul Chappell - Faculty". wcbc.ed. Retrieved July 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links

  • Trinity Baptist College Official Website
  • Athletics site
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