Davis College
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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 in Johnson City, New York. It is affiliated with the Baptist Convention of New York and endorsed by the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.[1]


The first classes at Practical Bible Training School were held above a store in Lestershire, New  York.
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, Moody Bible Institute, located in Chicago. He taught the first classes at what was then known as Practical Bible School with an enrollment of about 80 to 90 students. The school's first classes were held in an upper level of a store in Lestershire (Johnson City), New York. Davis College is now located at the former location of the White City Amusement Park. In 1910, the park went bankrupt, and Rev. Davis purchased the property. Practical Bible Training School moved to the address one year later. Davis died on Saturday, March 17, 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 1993, it was renamed Practical Bible College. In August 2004, the college became Davis College in honor of its founder John A. Davis.



Davis College
Davis College

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[3] and accredited nationally by The Association for Biblical Higher Education[4] in 1985.

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.[5]

In 2012, Davis College purchased Blessed Sacrament Church, which was heavily damaged by flooding in 2011.[6] This acquisition provided the school with its first distinct chapel. In addition, the college hopes to renovate and utilize this property for offices, classrooms, guest speaker housing, and The Practical Institute.[7]


  1. ^ "Southern Baptist Convention Colleges and Universities". Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ Gutierrez, Esperanza. "Davis College President taking new role: institution's first Chancellor". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  3. ^ Ltd., Info724. "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". www.msche.org. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  4. ^ "Member Colleges - Association for Biblical Higher Education". Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  5. ^ "Davisny.edu- Academic Programs". www.davisny.edu. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Capital Campaign | Davis College". Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2014-12-02.

Coordinates: 42°06′04″N 75°57′41″W / 42.101122°N 75.961511°W / 42.101122; -75.961511