The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best Christian colleges in Missouri to save you the search.
Searching for the best Christian colleges in Missouri can involve a fair bit of research with a number of options across the state. According to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, the religious composition of Christian adults in the state is 77 percent. Missouri’s Christian higher learning landscape includes colleges and universities with varying degrees of religious study, as well as dedicated Bible colleges for a scripture-first approach.
Choosing the institution that is right for you will largely depend on your spiritual and educational goals. It’s with this in mind that our editors assembled this list of the best Christian colleges in Missouri to consider. Each entry includes the school’s location and a brief “From the institution” description to give you a high-level overview of the college and save you time. Simply click the college name or logo to go direct to the institution’s website if you want to learn more.
Note: The best Christian colleges in Missouri are ranked in alphabetical order.
The Best Christian Colleges in Missouri
Location: Warrenton, MO
From the institution: “We are an accredited college, graduate school, and seminary, offering degree programs on campus and online in Bible and theology, ministry studies, biblical counseling, intercultural studies, education, theatre arts, music, business administration, and professional directed studies. Our mission is “…to prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and in the world according to the biblical worldview…” The Bible is foundational in every class we offer, and we aren’t simply integrating the Bible into our classes, rather we recognize the biblical basis for any discipline we teach.”
Location: Point Lookout, MO
From the institution: “Our Christian Goal is to foster the Christian faith through the integration of faith with learning, living, and service. Christian Ministries helps students develop a biblical worldview by learning to love God and others, as themselves. College of the Ozarks is a Christian college dedicated to helping our students grow in their faith. Our small, Christian college offers a variety of opportunities for students, including ministry retreats, worship services, fellowship opportunities, mission trips, leadership development and small group Bible study.”
Location: Springfield, MO
From the institution: “Evangel University is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally. We have been preparing Spirit-led, passionate leaders for success in both full-time ministry and the marketplace for more than 60 years. At Evangel, you’ll find dedicated and skilled faculty and staff that are committed to your growth, both academically and spiritually.”
Location: Hannibal, MO
From the institution: “Hannibal-LaGrange is a four-year Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist). Theologically, our institution affirms the statements found in the Baptist Faith and Message (2000). Established in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange University provides an excellent education in a co-educational environment which instills character building principles and Christian ideals.”
Location: Creve Coeur, MO
From the institution: “Missouri Baptist University is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Missouri Baptist University affirms that an important part of the integration of faith and learning is the recognition that all people are created in the image of God and worthy of respect and dignity. We seek to ensure that all students have full access to the educational, social, and spiritual growth opportunities that the University provides to ensure that students understand and appreciate one of the University’s core values which is “social change through service and leadership.”
Location: Joplin, MO
From the institution: “The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education. Emphasis is given to vocational preparation for preaching ministers, missionaries, worship ministers, youth ministers and children’s ministers. Biblical and practical training is also provided for those who will serve in the church in non-vocational roles such as elders, deacons, Bible school teachers and youth sponsors.”
Location: Bolivar, MO
From the institution: “Southwest Baptist University’s academic foundations are built on historical Baptist traditions beginning with the Southwest Missouri Baptist Association and continuing today with the Missouri Baptist Convention. This heritage acknowledges God as the ultimate source of all knowledge and truth. It is committed to scholarly endeavor, under God, seeking a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility.”