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Both written records and personal recollections affirm that the original desire to establish a Bible college to meet the spiritual needs of the Indian population in Southeastern North Carolina was planted by God in many hearts. Originally known as Eastern Indian Bible Institute, Lumbee River Christian College was founded in Fayetteville, North Carolina in January 1968, approved and supported by Assemblies of God US Missions. For over nine years, night classes were held in three churches in the Section: Fayetteville Assembly of God, Faith Assembly of God in St. Pauls, and Shannon Assembly of God.

In 1975, one hundred acres of land, located in Shannon, North Carolina, was purchased for a campus site. In 1978, a multipurpose building was constructed, containing classrooms, offices, a library, and a chapel. In 1990, the Charles Cookman Residence Hall was completed. In 1993, the College moved from a North Carolina District sponsored school to a regional school, sponsored by five Southeastern Districts of the Assemblies of God. In 1994, the Board of Directors changed the name of the school from Eastern Indian Bible Institute to Native American Bible College. The same year, a cafeteria was added to the campus. In 1998, a classroom building with a seating capacity of 150 students was completed, and the original multipurpose building was remodeled. In 2000, the multipurpose building was enlarged to accommodate the expanding library. In 2001, a chapel (later named Peter Knutsen Chapel) was erected. In 2006, a second dormitory, including a student center, was completed. 

Beginning with night classes, LRCC instituted a three-year diploma day program in 1977. In the Fall semester of 2001, the College began offering an Associate of Religious Education degree, and in the Fall semester of 2004, the College began offering a four-year Bachelor of Religious Education degree. LRCC had its first Bachelor of Religious Education degree graduates in Spring 2005. In 2017 the college was accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and in 2020 the college board made a decision to change the name from Native American Bible College to Lumbee River Christian College.

The following leaders have served as President of Lumbee River Christian College:


January 1968 – June 1977


July 1977 – June 1982


July 1982 – July 1984


July 1984 – June 1986


July 1986 – December 1990                     


January 1991 – December 1992


January 1993 – December 2005


January 2006 – July 2007


September 2007 – December 2009


December 2009 – May 2010


June 2010 – Present

  1. Reverend Charles Hadden                     

  2. Reverend Rodger Cree                           

  3. Reverend Roy Clark                                

  4. Reverend Hollis Stanford                

  5. Reverend Charles Cookman             

  6. Reverend David Dalton                          

  7. Reverend James Kelly                           

  8. Reverend Paul Kaminer                         

  9. Reverend Gilbert Walker                      

  10. Reverend James Kelly                            

  11. Reverend James Keys                             

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