Criswell College

Criswell College
Criswell College
Established 1971
Type Private
President Dr. Jerry A. Johnson.
Students 300[citation needed]
Location 4010 Gaston Avenue
, Texas 75246, USA
Campus Suburban

Criswell College is a Dispensationalist[1] Christian college and divinity school in Dallas, Texas. It is known for training students to teach and preach the Bible with emphasis on evangelism, the original languages, and Biblical inerrancy.



The first classes began on January 12, 1971. It was previously known as “Criswell Bible Institute” and later as “Criswell Center for Biblical Studies”, the college is named after its founder, Dr. W. A. Criswell, long-time dispensationalist pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

In 1985, Criswell was first accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[2] In December 2010, the college was denied reaffirmation and given a warning for one year to make improvements in areas including in educational programs, effectiveness, administration and general education compentencies.[3]

The college has over 300 students from more than 30 states and 30 countries.[citation needed] The college offers diplomas, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees. Past presidents include Dr. H. Leo Eddleman, Dr. Paige Patterson, Dr. Richard Melick, and Dr. Richard Wells. It's current president is Dr. Jerry A. Johnson.

Criswell offers a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees in many fields. It is an affiliate of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.[citation needed]


Current school president, Jerry Johnson, resigned from the school in 2008 citing "philosophical differences with the chancellor and trustee leadership about the future of Criswell College".[4] He returned in 2010[5] after the school separated from the First Baptist Dallas in violation of a 2008 resolution[6] to the contrary.

Pasche Institute

The Pasche Institute was started by Prof. Jim R. Sibley and Dr. Todd Bradley as a Master of Arts degree program for Jewish studies. Prof. Sibley was named the first director of the Pasche Institute in 2006. Jewish courses are also offered in the undergraduate and M.Div programs.


  1. ^ "Criswell College Articles of Faith Section X Last Things". Criswell College. 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Criswell College". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Questions Regarding Status of Criswell College". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. December 10, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Criswell president Jerry Johnson resigns". Baptist Press. August 6, 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ "EDUCATION DIGEST: Johnson elected Criswell president; Wright at Union; Campbellsville; Calif. Baptist; Baptist College of Fla.; NOBTS". Baptist Press. November 10, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Criswell College officially separates". Baptist Press. August 6, 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 

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