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Arlington Baptist University

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Arlington Baptist University is a private, four-year Bible university in Arlington, Texas.[3] It is the official education institution of the World Baptist Fellowship which offers both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.[4]

Arlington Baptist University
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Former names
Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute, Bible Baptist Seminary[1]
MottoPreparing Worldchangers
AffiliationWorld Baptist Fellowship
PresidentDr. Danny L. Moody[1]
Location, ,
ColorsBlue & White


The college was founded by J. Frank Norris in 1939 as Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute.[5] The university started with sixteen students and held classes at the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. The college's first graduates became pastors or missionaries through the World Fundamental Baptist Fellowship (as World Baptist Fellowship was then known).[6]

In 1945, the university was renamed the Bible Baptist Seminary.[7] Norris stepped down as the college's president, and George Beauchamp Vick became the new president. Shortly thereafter, Norris worried that Vick had been given too much power, so Norris regained control over the school and removed Vick as president.[8] Vick's removal angered many pastors who had reportedly grown tired of Norris' ways and who began to pull away from him, the college, and the World Baptist Fellowship.[8] By 1950 these pastors had established the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, with George Vick as president.[9]

After Norris died in 1952, the college no longer met at his church, and therefore moved to temporary facilities in downtown Fort Worth.

Earl K. Oldham became the college's president in 1953.[10] During Oldham's tenure, the college's name was changed to Arlington Baptist College, and it was moved to its present location in 1955.[10]

In 1980, Wayne Martin was appointed president, who led the college to full accreditation. Martin was succeeded in 1992 by Dr. Wendell Hiers (as interim President) until the appointment of David Bryant in 1993.[1][11] The current president of the college, Dr. Danny L. Moody, was appointed in 2009.[1]

On June 1, 2017, the institution's name changed from Arlington Baptist College to Arlington Baptist University. In conjunction with the name change the bachelor's and master's programs were divided into schools rather than divisions.[12]


The university has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1981.[13] The college is also approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification[14] and by the Texas Veterans Commission as an approved institution to receive veteran's educational benefits.[15]


The Arlington Baptist women's basketball team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2015
The Patriots men's basketball team in action against Texas A&M–Commerce in 2015

The university participates as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Southwest Region, Division II, and is a member of the Association of Christian College Athletics.[16] The college fields intercollegiate teams, known as the Patriots, in the following sports: baseball (men's), basketball (men's and women's), volleyball (women's), cross-country (men's and women's), and golf (men's and women's).[16]


Arlington Baptist University is the educational institution for the World Baptist Fellowship, which maintains its headquarters on the campus. An 8-foot bronze sculpture of J. Frank Norris (sculpted by Pompeo Coppini), founder of both the university and the Fellowship, is displayed on the campus.[17]

The campus is the site of the former Top O' Hill Terrace casino, which has been recognized with a Texas state historical marker.[18] Historic features from the casino still present on the campus include a sandstone guardhouse, an iron gate, an open-air tea garden, and escape tunnels;[17] the public is allowed to tour the facilities by appointment during normal business hours.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d "Academic History and Info". Arlington Baptist College. Retrieved April 26, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Arlington Baptist College – Student Body". Peterson's. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Snider, Mark D. (ed.). Colleges in the South. Peterson's. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7689-2695-8. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Accreditations and Affiliations". Arlington Baptist University. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Leonard, Bill J. (2007). Baptists in America. Columbia University Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-231-12703-5. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  6. ^ Brian, Hart. "Arlington Baptist College". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Jonas, W. Glenn, ed. (2008). The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-88146-120-6.
  8. ^ a b Jonas, W. Glenn, ed. (2008). The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-88146-120-6.
  9. ^ Johnson, Todd M. & Donald Wiebe (2010). Melton, J. Gordon & Martin Baumann (eds.). Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. pp. 284–85. ISBN 978-1-59884-203-6.
  10. ^ a b Bryant, Vickie. Top O' Hill Terrace. Arcadia Publishers. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-7385-8527-7.
  11. ^ "David Bryant". New Testament Baptist Church. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  12. ^ "". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "ABHE Membership Directory". Association for Biblical Higher Education. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Arlington Baptist College Teacher Certification Program". Texas State Board for Educator Certification. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ a b "Athletic Handbook". Arlington Baptist University. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  17. ^ a b Baker, T. Lindsay (2011). A Gangster Tour of Texas (1st ed.). College Station: Texas A&M University Press. p. 281. ISBN 1-60344-258-8.
  18. ^ "Top O' Hill Terrace". Historical Markers Database. Texas Historical Commission. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
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