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The Berean Bible Institute is Bibical based and offers accelerated courses of study in Theology and Christian Education. We are located in Akron, Ohio.

School Policy

We are dedicated to offering the highest level of education available. The administrative personnel and advisors are committed to equipping students with the spiritual and practical resources necessary to become effective in their ministries in Kingdom Building.

Aenon Bible College accepted our curriculum and program. Sister Joyce Allen is the Director of Distance Learning Programs.

The Aenon Bible College and College of Distance Learning are integral parts of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. It is an accredited educational institution which offers a Bibical emphasis leading to several degrees in the areas of Religious Studies.

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy
as to Students

The Berean Bible Institute admits students of any race, color, nationality and ethic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activites generally available to students at the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs and other administered programs.


Our History

The Berean Bible Institute, founded by Bishop Francis L. Smith in the Spring of 1964, became the answer to a long awaited need. There were people in Akron and the surrounding area who desired basic systematic Bible training. This type of Bible training was not available for various reasons. For the very same reasons, an evening Bible College was born: Northeastern Ohio Bible College. This college was supported by First Apostolic Faith Church for one academic year.

The tide was against the Northern Ohio Bible College in the year of 1966. With the untimely demise of the school, it seemed to be the death of the ideal and the vision; but through the years, the need was never ever present and the vision still nurtured by the man of God.

The need began to be fulfilled in 1975, when Northeastern Ohio Bible College became a satellite school for the Aenon Bible College of Columbus, Ohio. It was under the supervision of two consecrated Aenon graduates, Elder and Sister Laurence Nevels. Aenon gave it blessings to the Akron-Aenon Branch, to proceed on its own in 1978.

Academic curriculum became a part of the growth of college in the fall of 1977 when the directorship was placed in the hands of Mrs. Lucille Anderson-Hines. She was a lifelong educator and counselor in the Akron Public School System. With the Bible training curriculum already well established by her predecessor, the new director's concern for academic achievement was another part of the answer of the initial prayer.

Berean was opened to everyone who sincerely desired to attain a greater depth of the knowledge and understanding of the Bible and operated with this mission until the demise of Dr. Anderson-Hines in Fall of 2009.

Berean was re-opened for the Fall of 2012 and placed in the capable hands of Dr. Lula M. Hampton who is a retired counselor/educator from the Akron Board of Education. Thus far she has reinstated the Institute with the State of Ohio.




6:00-7:30 pm Acts I
8:00 - 9:00 pm Old Testament Survey (Zoom)
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6:00-7:30 pm I & II Peter

TBA Directed Study—Practicum
Ministerial Introduction Course On Line (Fees must be paid in advance, determined by Aenon Bible College)

Master Program
Schedule available upon request!

**Classes Scheduled Based on Enrollment

**Classes Scheduled Based on Enrollment

(Fees must be paid in advance, determined by Aenon Bible College)





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Berean Bible Institute
790 Easter Ave.
Akron, OH 44320

(330) 762-9139

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