West Coast Baptist College
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West Coast Baptist College is a Baptist Bible college in Lancaster, California, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees. West Coast opened in 1995 and is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), having been awarded Candidate Status on October 27, 2015 then approved for Accredited Status on April 18, 2019.
|Motto||Training laborers for His harvest|
|President||Dr. Paul Chappell|
|Vice-president||Dr. Mark Rasmussen|
|Dean||Dr. Jim Schettler|
|Executive Vice President||Dr. John Goetsch|
|Colors||Cardinal Red and White|
In July 1986, Paul Chappell was called to pastor a church in Antelope Valley in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. In 1988, the church raised an initial $50,000 for the down payment on the first 20 acres of property located on the east side of town. In 1995, Chappell and Lancaster Baptist Church approved the beginning of West Coast Baptist College. West Coast Baptist College started with Chappell, John Goetsch and Mark Rasmussen. Toby Weaver joined the staff and became the Dean of Students. Mike Lester joined the staff as the academic dean. Jerry Goddard is the Administrative Dean. Jim Schettler (former Campus Pastor of Pensacola Christian College) joined the staff in 2013.
In December 2014, the administration of West Coast Baptist College announced their intention to apply for national accreditation with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. On October 27, 2015, West Coast Baptist College was awarded candidacy status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission. On April 17, 2019, the institution was awarded accredited status by the TRACS Accreditation Commission.
The campus of West Coast Baptist College, extending from Lancaster Boulevard to Avenue J, contains a three story educational building including private piano practice labs, a science lab, two computer labs, a media lab, classrooms, a two hundred seat north auditorium, a library, a Student Life Center, and a three thousand seat main auditorium. WCBC shares the same campus as Lancaster Baptist Church.
West Coast is a Baptist college. West Coast Baptist College believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God preserved for the English-speaking people in the King James Version. It also believes in deity of Jesus Christ, salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone, and the worship, fellowship, and service of the local church.
WCBC has a men's basketball program and a ladies volleyball program. They are a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) and Pacific Christian Athletic Conference. In the 2007-08 season, the West Coast Baptist College athletics received notoriety from the local newspaper. They followed their journey winning season to the national finals. In 2011-2012, they won the NCCAA Regionals against Portland Bible. In February 2012, they defeated Korea University 105-101.