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History

The Chicago Baptist Institute

The Chicago Baptist Institute.

Historical Information

The Chicago Baptist Institute was organized in 1934, under the united sponsorship of the Chicago Baptist Association, the American Baptist Publication Society, The American Baptist Home Mission and Black Pastors and Churches of Chicago. The Institute began its work in one room on the second floor of the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company building, located at Thirty-Fifth Street and South Parkway, now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The student body numbered fewer than forty persons.

From this humble beginning, the Institute, under the academic leadership of Dean Leroy R. Mitchell, grew from less than forty students to approximately four hundred. The work was arranged in three departments: the Leadership Training Department, the Mission Training Department, and the Seminary. Later, a fourth department was added which offered courses of study for the benefit of students with educational deficiencies.

Dr. Lillie M. White-Shaffer, under the presidency of Dr. Clifford Tyler, revised and updated the programs of study. The three departments were re-arranged into four divisions: Biblical and Theological Studies; Pastoral Studies; Missions, Evangelism, and General Studies; and Christian Education and Developmental Studies. A Non-Degree Program, consisting of two areas (Remedial and Certificate), was added. Also, the scheduling was changed from a quarter-system to a semester. system. Accreditation was attained with Accreditation Commission International; however, this accreditation did not meet government approval. Therefore, under the presidency of Dr. Tyler and the direction of Academic Dean Shaffer, the Institute pursued accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Applicant Status was granted in February, 2008. Consequently, the grouping of courses of instruction was realigned to agree with that of most of the ABHE member institutions. The new grouping is: Divisions of Biblical-Theological Studies, Division of Professional Studies, and Division of General Studies.

On March 17, 2006, Dr. Clifford Tyler, Pastor of First Timothy Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois. Under Dr. Tyler’s leadership, the Institute continued to develop and implement progressive policies designed to meet a changing society. The non-degree program was enlarged and the number of general course offerings was expanded. Under the governance of a Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr. Joseph B. Felker (1996-2011) and the direction of President Clifford Tyler, Chicago Baptist Institute continued to work toward providing quality preparation of students which resulted in effective Christian service in the church and community.

On September 12, 2011, Dr. Willie L. Wilson was elected Chairman of the Trustee Board. The Institute had experience a drastic decline in student enrollment, resulting in a financial dilemma. In 2012, Reverend Dr. John T. Gray, Pastor of Holy Zion Missionary Baptist Church became the President of CBII and in 2013, Reverend Dr. Joseph L. Henry, Pastor of Omega Missionary Baptist Church was appointed Academic Dean of the Institute. Under the profound dedication and commitment, this team under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Willie L. Wilson has successfully and effectively increased the Institute’s enrollment. Additionally, a group of dedicated professors, instructors and teachers have come together under the leadership of the Academic Dean, Dr. Henry, offering biblical teachings needed to effectively fulfill the commission as set forth in Matthew 28:19-20 by Jesus Christ.

In 2018, Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Thurston became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Rev. Dr. Walter P. Turner III was appointed President and Rev. Dr. Edward Wright was appointed the Academic Dean. Under this new leadership and the commitment to “move forward,” CBI continued providing Christian Education to its students. As with all educational facilities of higher learning, CBI was also affective by the COVID-19 pandemic. Classroom participation came to a halt. However, the Institute successfully in honoring the 202 graduates with a virtual commencement service. Chicago Baptist Institute continues to move forward and has innovatively collaborated with Northern Seminary (Christian Education); CVS Health (community outreach services); CBI continues to stand on the Holy Scriptures as our guide and source to reach the world.

Historical Information

The Chicago Baptist Institute was organized in 1934, under the united sponsorship of the Chicago Baptist Association, the American Baptist Publication Society, The American Baptist Home Mission and Black Pastors and Churches of Chicago. The Institute began its work in one room on the second floor of the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company building, located at Thirty-Fifth Street and South Parkway, now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The student body numbered fewer than forty persons.

From this humble beginning, the Institute, under the academic leadership of Dean Leroy R. Mitchell, grew from less than forty students to approximately four hundred. The work was arranged in three departments: the Leadership Training Department, the Mission Training Department, and the Seminary. Later, a fourth department was added which offered courses of study for the benefit of students with educational deficiencies.

Dr. Lillie M. White-Shaffer, under the presidency of Dr. Clifford Tyler, revised and updated the programs of study. The three departments were re-arranged into four divisions: Biblical and Theological Studies; Pastoral Studies; Missions, Evangelism, and General Studies; and Christian Education and Developmental Studies. A Non-Degree Program, consisting of two areas (Remedial and Certificate), was added. Also, the scheduling was changed from a quarter-system to a semester. system. Accreditation was attained with Accreditation Commission International; however, this accreditation did not meet government approval. Therefore, under the presidency of Dr. Tyler and the direction of Academic Dean Shaffer, the Institute pursued accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Applicant Status was granted in February, 2008. Consequently, the grouping of courses of instruction was realigned to agree with that of most of the ABHE member institutions. The new grouping is: Divisions of Biblical-Theological Studies, Division of Professional Studies, and Division of General Studies.

On March 17, 2006, Dr. Clifford Tyler, Pastor of First Timothy Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois. Under Dr. Tyler’s leadership, the Institute continued to develop and implement progressive policies designed to meet a changing society. The non-degree program was enlarged and the number of general course offerings was expanded. Under the governance of a Board of Trustees, chaired by Dr. Joseph B. Felker (1996-2011) and the direction of President Clifford Tyler, Chicago Baptist Institute continued to work toward providing quality preparation of students which resulted in effective Christian service in the church and community.

On September 12, 2011, Dr. Willie L. Wilson was elected Chairman of the Trustee Board. The Institute had experience a drastic decline in student enrollment, resulting in a financial dilemma. In 2012, Reverend Dr. John T. Gray, Pastor of Holy Zion Missionary Baptist Church became the President of CBII and in 2013, Reverend Dr. Joseph L. Henry, Pastor of Omega Missionary Baptist Church was appointed Academic Dean of the Institute. Under the profound dedication and commitment, this team under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Willie L. Wilson has successfully and effectively increased the Institute’s enrollment. Additionally, a group of dedicated professors, instructors and teachers have come together under the leadership of the Academic Dean, Dr. Henry, offering biblical teachings needed to effectively fulfill the commission as set forth in Matthew 28:19-20 by Jesus Christ.

In 2018, Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Thurston became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Rev. Dr. Walter P. Turner III was appointed President and Rev. Dr. Edward Wright was appointed the Academic Dean. Under this new leadership and the commitment to “move forward,” CBI continued providing Christian Education to its students. As with all educational facilities of higher learning, CBI was also affective by the COVID-19 pandemic. Classroom participation came to a halt. However, the Institute successfully in honoring the 202 graduates with a virtual commencement service. Chicago Baptist Institute continues to move forward and has innovatively collaborated with Northern Seminary (Christian Education); CVS Health (community outreach services); CBI continues to stand on the Holy Scriptures as our guide and source to reach the world.

The Chicago Baptist Institute.
The Chicago Baptist Institute.
The Chicago Baptist Institute
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Mission Statement

Provide CBI Students with a Bible-centered education that will reach, teach, train and equip them to live by and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through community and worldwide Christian ministries.

CBI President
Dr. Walter P. Turner III

As President of Chicago Baptist Institute, I would like to extend an invitation to individuals, churches, and communities to become a part of this great Institution.