Our History

Birmingham Bible Institute, also known as BBI, was established in 1973 by Dr. Charles Whitfield, Pastor Emeritus of Grace Baptist Church. Its ongoing vision has been to provide teaching and training designed to enhance students’ personal spiritual growth and service in their local churches. This highly respected school, which is licensed by the State of Michigan, employs a staff of qualified and dedicated area pastors and church workers.

BBI offers a doctrinally sound and reasonably priced resource for laymen and Christian workers who wish to broaden their knowledge of the Word of God. In addition to extensive training in the Bible, students may choose from a wide variety of elective courses in Christian living and service, sign language, and three Biblical languages. Students may earn diplomas or certificates in a variety of areas of interest.

Any person who has a sincere desire to be trained in Christian growth and service and exhibits a proper attitude toward the standards of contact, purpose, and doctrinal position of the Institute may enroll. There is no formal application process, no application fee, and no prerequisite education.

The Institute holds classes on Tuesday evenings, at 5:25, 6:30, and 8:00 PM, during the twelve-week Fall and Winter semesters. Approximately fifteen courses are offered each semester. Occasionally there is a “bonus” six-week Spring Semester, with one two-hour class session and several course offerings. Students also are encouraged to take advantage of a challenging weekly chapel, a large lending library, and a Bible bookstore while they are enrolled at BBI.