Bay Ridge Christian College

Bay Ridge Christian College
Type Private
Established 1953
Affiliation Church of God
President Rev. Stanford L. Simmons, Sr., Ed.D
Location Fort Bend County, Texas,
United States

29°36′58″N 95°22′07″W / 29.616165°N 95.368715°W / 29.616165; -95.368715Coordinates: 29°36′58″N 95°22′07″W / 29.616165°N 95.368715°W / 29.616165; -95.368715
Campus Rural
Colors Royal Blue, Gold, and White
Sports basketball
Nickname Eagles

Bay Ridge Christian College is an unaccredited, historically black college located in unincorporated Fort Bend County, Texas, United States, north of Kendleton and west of Beasley.

This two-year Christian junior college, offers a college credit program (a two-year Ministerial Certificate) and a continuing education program called the Ministry and Leadership Development Institute.


Bay Ridge is a two-year liberal arts junior college that provides an alternative college experience for students who may not be prepared to attend a four-year college or university. Bay Ridge graduates may transfer to four-year universities or colleges to pursue their bachelor's degree pursuant to their admission/transfer policies.

Currently, the college does not hold accreditation, but is seeking degree-granting authority and accreditation with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[1]

Certification programs


Horace Germany 1953–1982
Charles Denniston 1982–1987
Robert C. Williams 1987–1991
Wilford Jordan 1991–1992
Percy Lewis 1993–1995
Sethard Beverly 1995–1996
Verda E. Beach 1996–2005
Dr. Stanford Simmons 2005–present

Bay Ridge Christian College was founded by Dr. James Horace Germany in 1953 in Union, Mississippi to prepare African-American leadership for both urban and rural churches and the communities they serve.[1]

After several years of operating the college in Mississippi, he moved the college to Kendleton, Texas after being beaten by members of the white Citizens Council of Senatobia and local Klansmen.[2]

On September 27, 2008, the college's Board of Trustees announced that Bay Ridge Christian College would become a two-year residential Christian junior college for African-American males.[3]


The Bay Ridge Christian College campus is located on FM 2919 outside of Kendleton, Texas, near the San Bernard River. The closest major city is Houston, Texas.

Student activities


Bay Ridge Eagles
University Bay Ridge Christian College
Conference Association of Christian College Athletics
Location Kendleton, TX
Varsity teams 1
Nickname Eagles
Colors Royal Blue, Gold, and White

Intercollegiate athletics

Bay Ridge Christian College formerly competed in the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA), in men's basketball. The school's colors are Royal Blue, Gold, and White and the nickname is the Eagles.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dr. Alvin Dillard Pastor of Faith Community Church (Killeen, Texas) and President of Building Stone Bible College (Killeen, Texas) [4]
Dr. Robert C. Williams Associate Professor of Education and Program Coordinator of Secondary Education (Sam Houston State University) [5]


  1. 1 2 "BRCC History". Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. Orr-Klopfer, Susan; Klopfer, Fred (2006). Block, ed. "Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited" (PDF). lulu: ix – x. |first1= missing |last1= in Editors list (help)
  3. "Bay Ridge Christian College". Chicagoland Area Minister's Fellowship. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  4. "International Institute of Faith Based Counseling Certified Instructors". Archived from the original on 15 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  5. "Sam Houston State University Graduate Catalog". Archived from the original on 19 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-08.

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