In 1992 the Benton Church of Christ engaged in a mission effort in Benin West Africa with George Akpabli, a native of Ghana. We were unaware that the French speaking country of Benin had no churches of Christ in existence.
By 1994, when Benin was first visited by Bill Morgan and Ed Jones, elders of the Benton Church, two congregations had been established with about 35 members each. While visiting with George, he shared his dream of starting a training center to teach native Africans to preach the gospel and evangelize.
In August of 1995, the Benin Bible Training Center began with 18 students embarking on a three year curriculum. By the time the first class graduated in 1998, other French speaking countries were recruited and admission applicants far out numbered the available space in our rented facilities. Our rented facilities were in the city of Cotonou, which is the economic capital of Benin.
In 2002 we purchased 18 acres of property, some 20 kilometers north of Cotonou with the intent to develop a campus that would allow us to expand our training program. Since that time, we have completed eight structures at a cost of $600,000 that will accommodate 36 students studying at the same time.
BTC Fast Facts:
Number of Countries: 11
current students: 29
total graduates to date: 177
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