• Timeline and Milestones of our 100 Year History


      Denver Bible Institute Founded

      Denver Bible Institute was founded in September 1914 by Clifton Fowler. Two male students began classes and were soon joined by two female students. The one- year school term focused on Bible teaching and Christian ministry. The two women finished the program in 1915.

    • Program Expanded

      1916 DBIDenver Bible Institute moved into a large home, using various rooms and floors for school activities and dorms. The horse stable was converted into a chapel and the basement into a print shop. The program was expanded to multi-year Bible and ministry work.

    • First Permanent Home

      1919 DBI
      Denver Bible Institute, having grown immensely, moved into a “permanent” home, a building purchased in trust by Denver businessmen. Several more homes were leased for dormitory space. A Workers’ Group helped Clifton Fowler run the school. These people were key leaders, often recent graduates, who did everything from teach classes to cook food.
    • Move to Jefferson County

      1928 DBI Denver Bible Institute purchased a large tract of land in Jefferson County, which is now at Colfax and Sims, to build an entire campus. Staff and students themselves put up buildings and renovated older farm buildings on the property. Funds were slow to come in after the Depression started, so building slowed. In the early 1930s, tuition was suspended but the school continued to graduate strong students.

    • Difficult Times

      Denver Bible Institute endured some difficult times. Clifton and Angie Fowler divorced, a difficult event in this very conservative community. Funding the school was difficult, and by 1940 Fowler retired and moved to Florida.

    • Relocate to Glenarm in Denver

      1942 DBI Denver Bible Institute hired a new president, W.S. Hottel, one who had not been through the DBI program, who tried to make changes in staffing and facilities. He moved the Institute back to the Denver building on Glenarm Place.

    • A Time of Growth

      1944 RockmontDenver Bible Institute gained Sam Bradford, the pastor of the very large Beth Eden Baptist Church, as president. He took the school from its financial precarious position to a large body, with the help of the GI Bill and his leadership skills. He also moved the school toward the liberal arts, first as Denver Bible College (1945), then as Rockmont College (1949). Athletics began in 1946 with the hiring of the first coach for basketball.

    • Western Bible Institute Founded

      1948 WBI Western Bible Institute was started by DBI alum Carl Harwood, with the help of many others, including alumni Archie Yetter and Clarence Harwood, and friends like Elsie Fick. WBI was located in Denver, near the South Platte River.

    • Rockmont Moves to Longmont

      1954 RockmontAfter a struggle to gain support for Rockmont as a liberal arts and Bible college, the board desperately sought a new facility. Rockmont was invited by Longmont to find a less expensive home there, and it grew there until 1967 when it moved to Lakewood on our present site. Presidents Archie Yetter and David Beckman led the school in Longmont.

    • Harwood Family Donates Morrison Land

      1959 Morrison Land The Clarence and Stan Harwood families contributed a large tract of land near Morrison, a tract CCU still owns in 2014, for Western Bible Institute’s campus. Plans were underway to move WBI to this acreage using surplus government buildings from the Lowry Air Force Base.

    • A New Home: Lakewood

      1960s Rockmont ChoirRockmont moved to Lakewood, under the guiding hand of Dr. Beckman. Rockmont's choir pictured above.

    • Colorado Baptist Junior College Founded

      Huitt Barfoot, a public school administrator, started a small junior college, Colorado Baptist Junior College, using the Southern Baptist Church, Westminster, for a home base. CBJC ran an evening program for professionals who wanted a Christian college education.

    • Christian Radio

      1971 KWBIKWBI, a radio ministry of Western Bible Institute, was on the air.

    • Rockmont Evening School

      Evening school programs under titles such as the School of Innovative Studies and the School of Professional Studies began at Rockmont (but the evening school tradition goes back to 1914 in DBI, then WBI and CBJC who also had evening programs for credit).

    • Colorado Christian College Formed from WBC and Rockmont

      1985 CCCWestern Bible Institute had become a Bible college in the 1970s and was renamed Western Bible College then. Rockmont closed its doors for financial reasons briefly in 1984, but reemerged with the support of faculty, staff, and friends. Rockmont and WBC merged in 1985 and decided to use the Lakewood campus temporarily until a better campus could be built at the Morrison site. The school was renamed Colorado Christian College.

    • Colorado Baptist University

      1980s CBUColorado Baptist also received a boost when Southwest Baptist University, Missouri, decided to take CBC under its wing as an extension campus. Their agreement lasted until 1989, and it was renamed Colorado Baptist University in 1985. CBU moved to the Denver University Women’s College campus (now Johnson & Wales).

    • CCC and CBU Merge to Form Colorado Christian University

      1989 CCU
      CCC merged with Colorado Baptist University, which lost its agreement with SBU in Missouri. The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program (Larry Crabb) also came to CCC, and CCC was renamed Colorado Christian University.
    • RMAC Division II

      1990 CCU AthleticsCCU joined RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) as a Division II school.

    • KLOVE

      KWBI was sold to K-LOVE.

    • College of Adult and Graduate Studies Locations

      2002 CCU's CAGSThe College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) restructures to include campuses in Colorado Springs, Denver Tech Center, Grand Junction, Lakewood, Loveland, Northglenn, and online education.

    • Bill Armstrong

      2006 Armstrong InaugurationBill Armstrong became CCU’s president.

    • Centennial Institute

      2010 Centennial InstituteCCU’s think tank, the Centennial Institute, launches the first Western Conservative Summit.

    • 100 Year Anniversary

      2014 Leprino HallColorado Christian University celebrates 100 years of God's faithfulness...and opens Leprino Hall, our new academic building.

    • New Residence Hall

      Yetter HallCCU opens Yetter Hall, a residence hall for 300 student on the main campus, named for former President Archie Yetter.

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