Ambassador Baptist College began in a rented Christian school facility in Shelby, NC, in 1989. Evangelist Ron Comfort had an increasing burden to start a Bible college with an intense focus on the Bible and ministry training. While several good Christian colleges were in existence, very few had the single focus of training men and women for ministry.
For Ambassador to become a reality, Dr. Comfort criss-crossed America for two years prior to the college’s founding to share his vision and philosophy of ministry training. Pastors and friends joined him in his vision and contributed more than $400,000 to open the doors in August of 1989.
Thirty-seven students enrolled that first year. God not only provided a facility and finances, but He also provided faculty members who were willing to step out in faith to follow the Lord. In the following years, the Lord blessed the college with growth, but it was obvious that the Shelby campus was not the ultimate location for ABC.
In the summer of 1994, a vacated public school campus in nearby Lattimore became available. ABC bought the campus and was accepted by the community with open arms. For the next two and one-half years, the college steadily worked on renovating the campus. A number of work crews and volunteers from local churches all over the country helped, and the college relocated to its present campus in January of 1997.
Since then, a lot of things have taken place. Dorms have been built and improvements have been made. In 2009, Dr. Alton Beal followed the founder as the second president of the college. Brother Beal is a 1996 graduate of ABC and has the same burden and vision as the founder.
To date, the college has close to 1,000 alumni scattered around the globe proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.