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879 Sawyer St. | PO Box 2886
South Portland ME, 04106
An important update concerning New England Bible College:
August 25, 2014
Dear Faithful Friend,
Our last letter to you announced the Trustees’ decision to close the college on September 30, 2014. At that time, it appeared the Lord had shut all doors for continuing to offer biblical higher education in Maine through NEBC. At the end of that letter, we asked you to pray for the Lord to show us the next steps for our staff and students. Today, I am pleased to report the good news of answered prayer!
Last month we were contacted by Grace Evangelical College and Seminary in Bangor, inviting us to resume earlier discussions about a possible merger of the two organizations, and forming one new institution that would offer undergraduate and graduate studies at both existing campuses. A consolidation of administration would result producing the savings needed for NEBC’s continued operation, and the ability to offer graduate studies in South Portland would significantly help enrollment! Management structure and teaching positions still need to be solidified, but NEBC’s leadership will certainly be well represented in the new organization.
Our Trustees voted enthusiastically to pursue this merger, thereby preserving the New England Bible College name and its legacy. The new institution would carry the names of both colleges with undergraduate degrees offered under NEBC and graduate degrees under Grace Evangelical Seminary.
I am thankful for the generous response of our partner donors which allowed us to catch up back salaries and accrued expenses. This enables us to enter the merger without debt. Many details still need to be worked out, but we are confident this arrangement will lead to the continuation of quality theological education in Maine for many years to come.
I also want to ask if you would consider continuing you support to this renewed effort? Both NEBC and Grace Evangelical Seminary depend upon contributions to keep tuition affordable for students. With the merged organization, this will be just as critical. I thank you in advance for your support and your continued prayers over the next weeks and months as we move forward with this answered prayer. Contributions can still be mailed to the South Portland address for now. Watch for further updates as they become available!
By His Grace,
Rev. Richard H. Francis