Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary
Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary is an unaccredited religious institution for the training of Missionary Baptist pastors and church workers located in Minden, the seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana.
The institution was launched in 1951 by Leander Louis Clover, a native of Clark County, Arkansas, and then pastor of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Minden, the sponsoring church of the seminary. Clover was a graduate of Missionary Baptist Seminary founded in Little Rock by the pastor and evangelist Ben M. Bogard of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and the first seminary president J. Louis Guthrie. Clover's seminary began with two students studying from his home.The seminary was incorporated by the state in 1956.The original seminary location was 903 Shreveport Road across the highway from Calvary Church.
The seminary is now located at 102 Seminary Lane off the Homer Road adjacent to the Calvary church sanctuary. It is affiliated with the theologically conservative American Baptist Association, with headquarters at 4605 North State Line Avenue in Texarkana, Texas.
The seminary offers the bachelor's, master's, and doctor of theology degrees, with Hebrew and Greek. The credentials are fully recognized within the Missionary Baptist denomination. LMBIS is unaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and does not seek accreditation by a secular board.
According to the website Cortera, LMBIS has fewer than twenty employees and sales of under $500,000 annually. The seminary was previously headed by the long-term president, Donald Marion McCormick (1930-2017) of Minden, a native of Union Parish and a former pastor of Calvary Church. Manta.com estimates the number of LMBIS employees at eleven, but it is unclear if that also includes Calvary Church employees.
The LMBIS faculty and administration are drawn from area churches, who over the years included Roy Edgar Chapman (1932-1994), a native of Hamburg, Arkansas, who in 1962 succeeded the LMBIS dean, A. T. Powers, as the pastor of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. Chapman taught Bible analysis and evangelism and served as the LMBIS registrar. Other administrators included the late Dwayne Furlow, pastor of the since disbanded Central Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport; Irvin Russell Roshto (born 1934), Clover's immediate successor in 1964 as pastor at Calvary Church, and Olen Johnson, the seminary dean during the middle 1960s.
In 1972-1973, LMBIS reported thirty-three regular and twenty-one part-time students.
In 1996, more than two decades after pastor Clover's death, Calvary Church voted to relocate from 1000 Shreveport Road to 1400 Homer Road in east Minden. Construction began late in 2002, and the new facilities, including the adjacent LMBIS building, were dedicated on November 2, 2003.The previous Calvary Church structure at 903 Shreveport Road was sold to an African American congregation, the Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church. Its pastor, Terrence A. McCray, Sr., is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a member of the Black Preaching Network.
Numerous Missionary Baptist pastors from the Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas region received degrees from LMBIS:
- Allen Blackford is a member of the faculty of Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute in Hensley, Arkansas.
- Michael Anthony Bright (1947-2010), a Springhill native, was at the time of his death the administrator of the Texarkana Baptist Orphanage.
- John Cooper is a former sports writer and the pastor of the Stamps-Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Stamps, Arkansas.
- Jerrell T. Head pastored churches in Texas and worked for a time as a missionary in Mexico before he established a mission in Stonewall in DeSoto Parish.
- Richard D. Methvin (born 1960), previously from Farmerville in Union Parish, upon graduation from LMBIS in 1998, assumed the pastorate of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden. Originally a mission established in 1955 by Calvary Church, Eastside unveiled a $2.3 million sanctuary early in 2008 to replace a previous main building constructed in 1965..
- Joe Morell, a missionary to Lithuania and the Baltic States, formerly was the pastor of Greenacres Missionary Baptist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana.
- Bryan Sellers, a 2000 graduate of LMBIS originally from Ruston, Louisiana, is the pastor of the Valleylandmark Missionary Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington.
- Jimmy G. Tharpe (1930-2008), the founder of Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, was among the first two LMBIS graduates, having been instructed in pastor Clover's home.
- 1.^ a b "Eastside dedication set for Saturday". http://www.nwlanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7741&Itemid=57. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- 2.^ Accreditation Search from the United States Department of Education
- 3.^ "Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Minden, Louisiana (sponsor of LMBIS)". calvarybaptistminden.com. http://www.calvarybaptistminden.com/. Retrieved April 10, 2011. "In 1951, Calvary Church, under the leadership of Dr. L.L. Clover, began Bible classes for Christian workers. In 1952, Calvary officially began the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary. ..."
- 4.^ State of Louisiana, Office of the Secretary of State, incorporation records
- 5.^ Billy Hathorn, "Austin Toliver Powers and Leander Louis Clover: Planting the American Baptist Association in Northwest Louisiana during the Middle 20th Century," North Louisiana History XLI (Summer-Fall 2010), p. 141
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- 7.^ "American Baptist Association". novelguide.com. http://www.novelguide.com/a/discover/ear_01/ear_01_00095.html. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- 8.^ "Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana (supporting LMBIS church)". libertyaba.org. http://www.libertyaba.org/seminary.htm. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- 9.^ Hathorn, "Powers and Clover", p. 133
- 10.^ a b "Joe Morell profile". missionarytrainingministry.com. http://www.missionarytrainingministry.com/profile_morell.html. Retrieved April 10, 2011. "He attended the Louisiana Missionary Baptist Seminary in Minden where he received his ThB, ThM, and ThD."
- 11.^ a b c "Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute and Seminary". manta.com. http://www.manta.com/c/mmfpsbn/louisiana-missionary-baptist. Retrieved April 10, 2011. "Louisiana Missionary Baptist in Minden, LA is a private company categorized under Theological Schools. Our records show it was established in 1900 [sic] and incorporated in Louisiana."
- 12.^ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools website: http://www.sacscoc.org/searchResults.asp
- 13.^ Cortera lists the year of establishment of LMBIS as 1900, instead of 1952. However, the ABA itself was not formed until 1924.
- 14.^ The Key, LMBIS yearbook, 1966 and 1969
- 15.^ The Key, LMBIS yearbook, 1972-1973 edition
- 16.^ "History of Calvary". calvarybaptistminden.com. http://www.calvarybaptistminden.com/pages/aboutcalvary.html. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- 17.^ "Terrence A. McCray, Sr.". blackpreachingnetwork.com. http://www.blackpreachingnetwork.com/profile/TerrenceAMcCraySr.. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- 18.^ "Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute Faculty". cabbi.wordpress.com. http://www.cabbi.wordpress.com/faculty. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- 19.^ "Michael Anthony Bright". legacy.com. http://www.legacy.com/BATESVILLE/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStoryPrint&PersonID=147495374. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- 20.^ "Stamps-Landmark Baptist Church pastor bio". stampslandmark.com. http://www.stampslandmark.com/pastor.htm. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- 21.^ "Louisiana". abaptist.org. http://www.abaptist.org/Yearbook/louisiana.htm. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- 22.^ "Sermon Network". Valleylandmark Missionary Baptist Church, Spokane, Washington. http://www.sermon.net/valleylandmarkmissionarybaptistchurch. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
- 23.^ Hathorn, "Powers and Clover", p. 139
- 24.^ Hathorn, "Powers and Clover", p. 138
- 25. Obituary of Donald Marion McCormick, The Shreveport Times, January 27, 2017,