The Beginning ~
In the April 25, 1942 edition of SOUND DOCTRINE the announcement was made on the back page concerning the beginning of the Montgomery Bible School. I have been told that at the time of the announcement the property on Ann Street had not yet been secured. You will observe the address given was Post Office Box 962. Talk about faith!!! The grandson of brother and sister Rex Turner, Sr. and a dear friend of mine, Jesse Long, Jr., gave me this framed announcement (which had been given to him by his grandfather) when he was leaving his position with Southern Christian University and as a co-worker with me at the Prattville church of Christ. I have cherished its possession since August, 1993. The three men who were instrumental in the establishment of MBC were Rex A. Turner, Sr., Leonard Johnson and Joe B. Greer. Of course there were others who make up the Board, like John McDonald who contributed financially to the young school. I believe the first total amount given was $235.00. The picture of brethren Turner, Johnson and Greer was taken after a special occasion at Faulkner University honoring these men. These godly men have gone to be with their Lord and so have sister Greer and sister Turner. Only sister Johnson remains at the age of ninety-eight.
Later an additional year of college classes were added and MBS became Montgomery Bible College. The students in the picture below are Ervin Curtis and Jane McDonald. Ervin was a roommate of mine at one time and a good friend. Jane was a daughter of brother and sister John McDonald. She married Clifford Yeldell. Jane died several years ago.
In 1953 the name of the college became known as Alabama Christian College. The young lady in this picture was Virginia Slaughter who has had the same husband for the past 54 years (August 19, 2009, fortunate for me).

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