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Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary is college with 122 students located in Charlotte, NC.

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Dr. Eddie G. Grigg is the founder of Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. Being convinced that God wanted him to start an evangelical school of post-secondary education for the training of ministers to effect the urbanization of God’s Kingdom, and the need to teach God’s Word unapologetically as God-breathed, Dr. Grigg began to seek those that were willing to assist in the fulfilling of this vision. He approached friends, Dr. Michael B. Steen and Dr. Daniel P. Kirk to join the effort, along with the church he served, New Life Baptist Church, which enthusiastically entered a unique partnership with the embryonic institution and provided it a meeting place for the first six years.

Because of his pastoral duties, Dr. Steen was chosen to serve as the first President leading the institution in the initial enrolling of students. However, Dr. Steen served in the capacity for only nine months before leaving to start a church, and Dr. Grigg became President. Dr. Kirk served as the schools first Academic Dean and later as Vice-President. He was involved in the institution from conception through 1998, at which time he left to pursue other interests.

Upon becoming President, Dr. Grigg worked to establish the institution’s first Board of Directors, working with them to help the vision become reality. He worked to help the institution receive exemption from licensure with The University of North Carolina receiving permission to grant degrees on January 23, 1998. That same year the United States Department of Immigration and Naturalization approved the institution to accept foreign students.

The school library began in late 1998. However, it was not until Mrs. Rhonda Jaynes was hired in 2002 to relocate the library to the Whiting Avenue address that the library began to take shape. Mrs. Jaynes began cataloging the growing number of volumes and titles, allowing students to quickly access, check out, and track library materials.

In 1998, the Board of Directors began to develop long-term goals and to seek a nationally recognized accreditation. The Board chose to seek accreditation through Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). That same year the Board decided to make "urban" the focus of all degree offerings in order to redeem cities.

On February 22, 1999, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the institution from New Life University to New Life Theological Seminary. After receiving permission from the appropriate state authorities and in keeping with the Seminary’s new focus, the Seminary begin registering students into the Bachelor of Arts in Urban Christian Ministry and the Master of Arts in Urban Christian Ministry Degree Program in early 1999.

In January of 2002, Whiting Avenue Baptist Church voted to donate their property and facilities to the Seminary. This action led to the relocation of the Seminary to Whiting Avenue where the campus is currently located. The original campus consisted of one large building used by Whiting Avenue Baptist Church. The older section of the building was built in 1952 with the second portion constructed in 1962 and much of the building was in poor condition.

During 2007, the 1962 building was renovated. A new handicap accessible entrance was added on the north side of the building. An elevator was added to enable easy access to all three floors of the structure. New handicap accessible restrooms were built, three new classrooms were built with an existing classroom renovated, and the former sanctuary was turned into the library. Offices were built and others renovated, and the Seminary moved all operations into the newly renovated 1962 building.

Then in 2014, the Board of Directors, working off three years of assessment and the vision or the institution’s founder, adopted a number of motions to assist in the continued development of the institution.

The name of the institution was once again changed for a name that would reflect a revised mission for the institution. The name New Life Theological Seminary was changed to a more descriptive name, Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. This enabled the institution to reflect the region and the purpose of the newly revised mission. To better reach and redeem the world’s cities, the institution would broaden its offerings and begin training Christians to serve in more than just churches. This was guided by the belief that if the cities are going to become better places for all to live, secular fields of employment must be filled by people educated with a biblical worldview, thereby reinforcing what our houses of worship are trying to do.

The unfinished church balcony in the beautiful library was converted into a study mezzanine for students, allowing students to read and study in a unique setting representing God’s presence in their educational pursuits. The mezzanine was furnished with new study kiosk and tablet chairs were purchased for the library.

Mission Statement

Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary exists to prepare Christ-centered leaders academically, professionally, and spiritually in order that they may be equipped to address creatively and effectively the needs and challenges of the urban communities and society at large.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 122
Gender 46% Male / 54% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 45% Full Time / 55% Part Time
Geography 2% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 75% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 16%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 68%
Asian 1%

Student Services

  • Career And Alumni Services
  • Libraries

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Bible/Biblical Studies (44%), Urban Ministry (44%), Urban Ministry (11%), Bible/Biblical Studies (0%), Pastoral Studies/Counseling (0%), Pastoral Studies/Counseling (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the theory and principles of pastoral care and prepares ordained clergy to provide non-clinical pastoral counseling to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in pastoral leadership, counseling psychology; crisis intervention; individual and group procedures; theological and spiritual counseling; pastoral care; and applications to specific types of ministry.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Religious Workers, All Other
All religious workers not listed separately.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares the ordained clergy and other religious professionals to provide spiritual, counseling, and leadership services to individuals and groups in urban communities. Includes instruction in bible study and theology, pastoral leadership and care, urban structure and context, inner city ministry, counseling ministries, family studies, homiletics, social ethics, and community organizing.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Associates

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that focuses on the theory and principles of pastoral care and prepares ordained clergy to provide non-clinical pastoral counseling to individuals and groups. Includes instruction in pastoral leadership, counseling psychology; crisis intervention; individual and group procedures; theological and spiritual counseling; pastoral care; and applications to specific types of ministry.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Religious Workers, All Other
All religious workers not listed separately.
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares the ordained clergy and other religious professionals to provide spiritual, counseling, and leadership services to individuals and groups in urban communities. Includes instruction in bible study and theology, pastoral leadership and care, urban structure and context, inner city ministry, counseling ministries, family studies, homiletics, social ethics, and community organizing.

Job Opportunities:

Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Eddie G. Grigg
Vice President of Academic Affairs James Gifford, PhD.
Accredited by Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Full-time Faculty 6
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 83 : 16
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $22,077 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $22,156
$30K-$48K $21,997

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $8,070, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $8,070 Same as On-Campus
Fees $250 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $9,351
Books $2,500 $2,500
Total (before financial aid) $10,820 $20,171

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 100% $3,363
Federal Scholarships/Grants 100% $1,983
Institutional Grants 25% $2,500
Other Federal Grants 75% $100
Pell Grants 75% $2,544
Student Loans 100% $3,363

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.charlottechristian.edu/financial-aid.php.

Estimate the net price for you at https://charlottechristian.studentaidcalculator.com/survey.aspx.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

40% of students graduated on time.

40% of students graduated in six years.

Rankings

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