University description (as per official university website)
SCS is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book—the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah, SCS offers the highest quality of biblical education with a tuition that is refreshingly affordable.
As a student, you will find yourself taking classes alongside pastors, worship leaders, missionaries, counselors, young Christians, and mature Christians alike. Here at SCS, we take great privilege in training future pastors, missionaries, laypersons, Christian counselors, therapists and psychologists for effective and biblical ministries. While strongly academic, an education from SCS is for anyone wanting to know more about God, and to study the Scriptures daily. SCS is for the Christian that loves the Lord, and desires to know Him more deeply and intimately.
SCS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of theology and psychology. Degrees offered are: the Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies (AABS), Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies (BABS), the Master of Religious Studies (MRS); the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS); the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP); the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT); the Master of Divinity (M.Div.); and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Southern California Seminary is located in El Cajon, less than one half-hour east of San Diego. SCS is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
The history of SCS stands as a testimony to the providence of God who brought together three institutions dedicated to teaching the doctrines and lifestyle of the Bible to the next generation. In 2005, the school changed its name from Southern California Bible College & Seminary to Southern California Seminary. The new name more accurately reflects the emphasis on both our theology programs and our behavioral science programs. SCS currently offers two undergraduate degrees, four master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree. They offer programs in English, Spanish, and Korean, at the main campus in El Cajon and branches located in Los Angeles, Orange County, Escondido, South Bay, Mexico, and Spain.
Linda Vista Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Dr. Otto Reese, pastor of Linda Vista Baptist Church, founded Linda Vista Baptist Bible College and Seminary in 1946. The college provided a four-year course of instruction for men and women desiring a biblically based undergraduate education while the theological seminary prepared men and women for full-time Christian service. In 1969, the college and seminary moved twenty miles from Linda Vista Baptist Church to its present site. In 1996, Dr. Reese departed to ever be with his Lord and Dr. Gary Coombs was appointed President.
Southern California Bible College
Fletcher Hills Bible Church of El Cajon founded Fletcher Hills Bible College as an extension ministry in 1970. The four-year college began with a class of eight students and the first Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded in the spring of 1973. The college was restructured in 1976 as a non-profit corporation with the name Southern California Bible College. In 1978, the college moved to the facilities of College Avenue Baptist Church in San Diego, which provided room for growth and development. Dr. George Hare was called to be president of SCBC in 1979.
San Diego Bible College and Seminary
San Diego Bible College and Seminary was founded in 1970. Its goal was to prepare sincere Christians for the service of God by providing a complete education in Bible by extension using programmed-learning pedagogy. Five degree programs were offered, from Associate of Arts in Bible to Doctor of Ministry. Local churches, mission boards, or other Christian organizations were invited to qualify as an adjunct SDBC&S campus. Domestic and foreign students enrolled.
Southern California Bible College and Seminary
In July 1997, SCBC and SDBC&S merged with LVBBC&S. The name Southern California Bible College & Seminary was formulated to reflect a broader outreach. Dr. Coombs continued as President and Dr. Hare was appointed Chancellor.