History

In response to a conscientious inward desire to advance men and women through an all-inclusive curriculum of the Word of God, the foundation of this institution was established.

In 1995, Ministers Internship Program (MIP) was birthed by the Chancellor, Dr. Michael A. Freeman, who is also the Senior Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center.  He was prompted by the Spirit of God and his love for the people of God to create a sequential educational prospectus for men and women who acknowledged a call of God on their lives.  This vehicle of preparation was one of the tools to help facilitate the vision that God had given Dr. Freeman to meet the needs of the “whole man.”

The first class was held in the auditorium of Anacostia High School, in the southeast corridor of Washington, DC.  The participants, pastoral staff members, including the first lady of Spirit of Faith Christian Center, Pastor Dee-Dee, as well as others in leadership positions, received a formal invitation to attend.  From September through June, a class of 68 students was taught by Dr. Freeman, Elder Barry Taylor and Pastor Rick Wooten, members of the pastoral staff, while the administrative staff comprised of four team leaders.

 

By 1997, the program expanded to three separate modules, MIP I, II, and III and Associate Pastor Kevin Adams was appointed as the Dean of MIP.

In September 2003, the institution was renamed Spirit of Faith Bible Institute (SOFBI), and became a proud affiliate member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).  Today, the faculty and administrative staff consists of SOFBI alumni and members of the pastoral staff.  To date, over 1,000 students have enrolled, and more than 400 diplomas have been conferred.

In the fall of 2010, SOFBI started its Distance Learning Program (DLP) through internet access and correspondence coursework.  This academic milestone will advance SOFBI’s student enrollment globally.

In the fall of 2011, Year 1 was offered at the Ellicott City Campus.  The first graduates from the Ellicott City campus had their diplomas conferred in June, 2014.

As these and other programs and initiatives come into fruition, Spirit of Faith Bible Institute will continue to exemplify our motto: “Promoting the Spirit of Faith, Integrity, and Excellence”!!!