The vision of local pastor Dr. Bill Owens resulted in the Cape Fear School of Theology in 1973. The expressed purpose
was to equip Christians, regardless of denomination, for effective service.
In 1978, the ministry came under the direction of Dr. Ralph Richardson, another local pastor. Land and a building
were purchased at 817 South McPherson Church Road, and classes began the fall of 1980 at this current site. It was
then that the name was changed to Carolina College of Biblical Studies. In 1983, a new administration and classroom building
Rev. Rick Oglesby became Dean in 1996 and was installed as President in June, 1997. Dr. Richardson became
Chancellor at that time. Shortly after this the Board initiated a three-year growth strategy that included a $2,000,000
Rev. Phil Stamm became Dean in 1997. Under Rev. Oglesby the school sought and received approval for our Associate’s
Degree and Bachelor’s Degree programs from the Veteran’s Administration.
In 2000 Phil Stamm became President. In 2000 CBC began offering online classes. In November, 2002. Bill Korver became interim President and in April, 2004, he became CBC's fourth President.
In February 2009 CBC was granted candidate status from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
In September of 2010 the United States Department of Education (USDE) gave Carolina College of Biblical Studies approval for Title IV funds participation, (Pell Grants and Subsadized Student Loan programs).
In 2012, the college's Board of Directors change the name to Carolina College of Biblical Studies.