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History of Bethel Bible Institute


The name of Bethel Bible Institute was brought into being by Miss Mildred G. Craigwell and Reverend Henry D. Bell after they sat together and discussed the precious and infallible Word of God for a length of time. The Word of God was so precious, harmonizing and delightful to these two individuals, the question of a bible school came into thought.


After a short discussion, the two of them in a prayerful attitude went to work seeking the mind of God for a decision on this question, which could not be decided by either one of them without hearing from God. After it was verified by God, no time was wasted in manifesting this school, and so it was organized on the fourth day of January in the year of Our Lord 1948 at Seven Austin Street, Cambridge, MA.


Over the years, God has prospered the Institute, setting apart those who will take His gospel to the lost, hopeless, the helpless and those in the bondage of sin. 


Ist Graduating Class 1953

Ist Graduating Class 1953

Who will benefit from BBI?

Bethel Bible Institute provides a four year graduate diploma course and post-graduate studies available to those who desire to know and serve God. The school consists of Spirit-filled instructors, dedicated to the progress of each student. They will invite all to avail themselves of the opportunity to please the Lord.


Our Events

70th Anniversary Banquet

April 28, 2018

2018 Graduation Ceremony

May 27, 2018

2019 Registration

September 9, 2019


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Year Graduate Diploma


Years Established

Success Stories

I had the great honor of studying under the late Dr. Henry D. Bell, a BBI founder.

Gloria Malloy-Miles, 1979

It’s a great school to further one’s knowledge of the Bible.

Patrick Gall, 1981

If you seek to know the Word of God, BBI is where you need to be.

Reginald Smalls, 1998