Mid-Atlantic Christian University Approved to Offer Masters Degrees

December 07, 2016

Elizabeth City, NC – December 5, 2016.  The Board of Trustees of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved MACU to offer master’s degrees. 

On August 23 the Board of Trustees at Mid-Atlantic Christian University voted unanimously to establish and offer a Graduate Certificate in Church Planting.  Following this meeting, Dr. Kevin Larsen, Vice President for Academic Affairs, prepared documentation for SACSCOC requesting a change from being a baccalaureate degree granting institution to being able to offer master’s degrees.  This change in level of instruction and the offering of the graduate certificate program was approved at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting held this week in Atlanta, GA.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University was established in 1948 as Roanoke Bible College.  The founding president, George W. BonDurant, arrived in Elizabeth City as an evangelist for the Roanoke District of the Churches of Christ.  At that time there was a severe shortage of ministers to serve congregations.  Most churches did not have full-time vocational ministers. The shortage of educated and ordained ministers meant that many churches had preaching only once or twice a month.  President BonDurant was instrumental in helping overcome this severe shortage of preachers when he established the college.  The university’s second president, William A. Griffin, noted the success of BonDurants efforts when he wrote “there is no question but that the greatest contribution had been the supplying of preachers to lead and train the congregations of the area” (Master of Arts Thesis by William A. Griffin, Roanoke Bible College: The First Twenty-Five Years).

President D. Clay Perkins boldly reaffirmed Mid-Atlantic Christian University’s devotion to prepare preachers to effectively communicate the good news of Christ.  Following the vote by the Trustees, Dr. Perkins remarked: “Tonight, the University Trustees of MACU reaffirmed our commitment to educate and train preachers by unanimously approving the start of MACU's first graduate level courses that will culminate in a student earning a Graduate Certificate in Church Planting.  Preaching is at the core of our ethos and this program is dedicated to educating a new generation of preachers to impact the world for Christ through planting new congregations not only in North America, but across the globe.”

The Graduate Certificate in Church Planting will be a practical “nuts and bolts” program to prepare preachers to plant a church.  The program is designed for preachers who have gained experience and maturity in a preaching ministry and feel called to this specialized work of Church Planting. Preachers may remain employed in their current ministry or be involved in a church planting internship as they participate in the year long program.  Students will be required to attend a week long intensive at a church plant, participate in weekly online instruction, and attend a one-week intensive on the Mid-Atlantic campus.

The MACU Board of Trustees approved the deletion of the word “undergraduate” from the university’s mission statement.  The mission statement now reads: “Mid-Atlantic Christian University is an institution of Christian higher education whose mission is to impact the world by transforming ordinary people into extraordinary Christian leaders.”

Mid-Atlantic Christian University’s alumni serve in 48 states, the District of Columbia, 1 territory, and 25 countries. MACU is an institution of higher learning that provides a superior education from a Christian worldview.  The university educates and prepares students to serve Christ in the marketplace and in specialized vocational ministries in the church. 


Mid-Atlantic Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University, a private, faith based, four year college is committed to equality of educational opportunity and will not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines (Sections 702-703 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act) clearly recognize the right of church related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution. Being a student or employee at Mid-Atlantic Christian University requires a commitment and lifestyle consistent with the institution's mission and values.

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