Nineteenth century America experienced significant addition of territory, the division of the nation, the abolition of slavery, the gaining of women’s suffrage, several wars, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Needless to say, the soil was fertile for a great spiritual awakening that would spread like fire from the northeast to the south and to the vast frontier. Revivals and campmeetings were a major part of the spiritual landscape.
As churches grew and new denominations were founded the need for the education of clergy was seen. Many liberal arts colleges and Bible colleges were founded with a primary mission of training pastors and missionaries. Among them was Ransom Bible Institute, founded in 1897 by Advent Christians, in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon the school moved to Roxbury and then to Brookline. The name was changed in 1918 to New England School of Theology. In 1958 the college moved to the Berkshire hills in western Massachusetts and became Berkshire Christian College.
During the 1980s, many Bible colleges faced declining student enrollments and financial resources. In 1987 Berkshire Christian College found it necessary to sell its campus. At this point Berkshire became a “college without walls” and eventually developed partnerships with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Eastern University. Today, we are expanding our distance learning programs via the internet with eBerkshire online courses.
Several thousand alumni have gone forth to take their place in the church and the world, having been trained and mentored to be Christian leaders. We believe that all truth is God’s truth. We are guided by our faith in Jesus Christ and believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is profitable for instruction in righteousness.