Light a Flame That Lasts Forever

American Baptist College, located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a campus affectionately known as “The Holy Hill,” opened its doors in 1924 as American Baptist Theological Seminary. Founded through an unprecedented collaboration between the all-Black National Baptist Convention USA and the all-White Southern Baptist Convention for the purpose of educating rural Black clergy for leadership in their communities, the school has grown over the years into a spiritual and social incubator for students dedicated to making positive change. 


American Baptist College has been recognized by the U. S. Department of Education since 2013 as one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). Following in the footsteps of those who came before them, today’s graduates are doing the work of justice in churches, education, business, government, chaplaincy, and community outreach.


Our Mission

The mission of American Baptist College, a Historically Black College with a liberal arts emphasis, is to educate, graduate, and prepare diverse students for Christian leadership, service, and social justice in the world.


Our Vision

American Baptist College’s vision is to provide education opportunities for gifted students who have limited academic experiences and resources, but unlimited potential for leadership in society.