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International Christian College is a new college with a long history. The college itself came into being in 1998 through the merger of Glasgow Bible College and Northumbria Bible College.
Glasgow Bible College started life as the Bible Training Institute, which had its origins in D L Moody’s evangelistic crusade in Glasgow at the end of the nineteenth century. Northumbria Bible College was founded as Lebanon Missionary Bible College shortly after the end of the Second World War. Romsey House, a theological college in Cambridge, merged with Northumbria Bible College in the early 1990s.
By the late 1990s there was a real feeling that there was a need to optimise the provision of training for Christian workers in Scotland. So the merger took place in 1998, and International Christian College was born.
In 1999 the college purchased the building we currently occupy near to Glasgow city centre. This purpose built college was less then ten years old when we moved in, and was ideally suited for us, with its spacious classrooms, superb library facilities and potential to transform the upper floor into residential accommodation.
The sale of the premises of GBC and NBC raised two-thirds of the necessary finance, and between September 1999 and June of 2000 the remaining finance came in. If there were any doubts that God had his hand on the new college, this miraculous provision dispelled them.
Since then we have continued to see God at work in the college. New staff have been added and student numbers have increased. There are currently over 180 full-time and part-time students at ICC, representing more than twenty different nationalities.
Our graduates can be found working in mainland Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, as well as across the UK. We can look back and see that God has brought us a long way in a very short time, and we are grateful to Him for that.
As a college community we have a sense of excitement and privilege at being able to share in God’s mission in the world in the twenty-first century.