Davis College
MottoPursue God
PresidentD. Alan Blanc
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusSuburban area, 22 acres (8.9 ha)

Davis College (formerly Practical Bible College) is a private Baptist bible college. It is affiliated with the Baptist Convention of New York and endorsed by the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.[1] Originally located in Johnson City, New York, the school currently offers its BRE degree at the campus of the Word of Life Bible Institute, in Pottersville, New York, with which the school has a close relationship.[2]


The first classes at Practical Bible Training School were held above a store in Lestershire, New York.

Davis College was founded in April 1900 by evangelist Reverend John Adelbert Davis. Rev. Davis wanted to start a school similar to his alma mater, Chicago's Moody Bible Institute. He taught the first classes at what was then known as Practical Bible School with an enrollment of around 80 to 90 students. The school's first classes were held in an upper level of a store in the Lestershire neighborhood of Johnson City In 1911, the college relocated to the former location of the White City Amusement Park, also known as Wagner Park, which had failed the previous year. It would remain at this location until 2019.

After Davis' death in 1934, his oldest son, Gordon Carr Davis, became the president and Practical Bible Training School changed its legal name to the John A. Davis Memorial Bible School, in memory of his father. In 1993, it was renamed Practical Bible College. In August 2004, the college became Davis College in honor of its founder John A. Davis.

In 2019 the Johnson City campus was sold for $3.7 million. In May 2023, the former campus, less the residential buildings which had already been resold, was listed for sale with an asking price of $6 million.[3]



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Davis College

The college was accredited nationally by The Association for Biblical Higher Education[4] in 1985. In 1993, the school was accredited by the State of New York and became Practical Bible College. Davis College was first regionally accredited in June 2005 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

Specialized ministry programs include Pastoral Studies, Youth Ministries, Teaching English as a Second Language, Christian Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Music and Worship, and Organizational Leadership.

The college also offers a "4 Plus 1" Elementary Education articulation agreement allowing graduates from the Christian Ministries program to pursue a MsEd in Childhood Education at a Christian university. This provides certification that is reciprocal in 48 states, including New York and Florida, allowing graduates to teach in both public and private schools. One year certificates are also offered in Bible and Teaching English as a Second Language.[6]

In 2012, Davis College purchased Blessed Sacrament Church, which was heavily damaged by flooding in 2011.[7] This acquisition provided the school with its first distinct chapel.


  1. ^ "Southern Baptist Convention Colleges and Universities". Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "About Us | Davis College". Davis College Home Page. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 2023-05-16.
  3. ^ Joseph, Bob (2023-05-16). "Adam Weitsman Lists Davis College Campus in Johnson City for $6M". WNBF News Radio 1290 AM & 92.1 FM. Retrieved 2023-05-17.
  4. ^ "Member Colleges - Association for Biblical Higher Education". Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  5. ^ Ltd., Info724. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". www.msche.org. Retrieved 2016-09-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Davisny.edu- Academic Programs". www.davisny.edu. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  7. ^ "Davis College Buys Blessed Sacrament Church | WBNG-TV: News, Sports and Weather Binghamton, New York | Local". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2013-11-12.

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