Whitefield College functions under the auspices of Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, Florida, as its undergraduate degree program. The college was established in 1980 to provide educational opportunities for students who desire a self-consciously Christian distance learning education in preparation for a Christian vocation. The school has no accreditation from any agency recognized by the US Department of Education, although some of its students and graduates have been accepted by regionally accredited institutions.
The college and seminary derive their name from the great eighteenth century English revivalist, Rev. George Whitefield, a man of true compassion, who quite literally expended his life preaching the gospel of the Lord he loved so passionately. Reformed in his theology, he was one of the major influences of his time, as he traveled throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and colonial America.
In an era when crossing the Atlantic Ocean was undertaken cautiously, and at great risk, Whitefield traversed the ocean thirteen times. On his seven trips to colonial America during the “Great Awakening,” he was greatly used by God to counter many of the extremes of that movement, as well as to bring thousands to a saving knowledge of Christ. While in America, he labored diligently, often preaching three or more times a day. It is estimated that during his fifty-six years of life, George Whitefield probably preached over thirty thousand times! He had a special ministry for children, and saved his income to bring Christian school teachers to the southern colonies, where he also started an orphanage.
Biblical and Theological Foundation
Whitefield College was established to train students in a Christian or biblical world and life view. Christians are people of the Book; God’s Word is Truth and, therefore, it is the foundation of true education. Mankind is not to imbibe the relativistic standards of the day, but is to be transformed by the renewing of their minds as they study, understand, and meditate upon the Scriptures (Romans 12:2). Thus, the center of the curriculum at Whitefield College is the Bible. It is the standard for every discipline and the touchstone of truth for every subject.
Recognition and Accreditation
Whitefield College is a member of the American Federation of Colleges and Seminaries (AmFed), and is an Association of Christian Schools International(ACSI) recognized college. Neither organization is recognized by the US Department of Education. Whitefield has never sought recognition or accreditation by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the US Department of Education.
Whitefield College was authorized to grant degrees by The State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities in the State of Florida and continues as a registered degree granting institution with the Florida Commission for Independent Education. The College has also been approved by the Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly as a post-secondary institution for the training of individuals for Christian vocations or service within the Church or family. Whitefield is recommended and supported by the Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS), of Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Since these accrediting bodies are not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, degrees granted by Whitefield College may not be acceptable to other institutions or secular employers.