Sensing kneeling the need for a Theological School, late Evangelist A.A. Alalibo, the then General Superintendent of the Bible Missionary Church of Nigeria, began to request of the Bible missionary Church, U.S.A, assistance in establishing a Theological College. As a result, our American brethren sent Rev. I. Parker Maxey, the then Academic Dean and Director of Theology Department at Bible Missionary Institute, to assess the need for a Theological College and for a five-week training session in June/July of 1978. The Nigerian Pastors profited much from his ministry and training programmes. Rev. I. Parker Maxey carried back reports of the need for a Nigerian Theological College.
Calvary College of Theology opened her doors for her first academic year in July, 1982, in temporary quarters at Eneka Obio, Port Harcourt. The first semester witnessed an enrollment of thirty-eight students, with three lecturers. Little was it expected that the college would continue in temporary quarters for two full years. By mid- 1984, enrollment had expanded to nearly seventy students, and the rented dormitory, lecture halls, library, offices and kitchen space were taxed to the limit.
June 16, 1984 witnessed the long-expected start of the building program for CCT’s permanent campus at Rukpokwu Obio, Port Harcourt. During this initial building phase, CCT was able to realize the construction of the three-floor Administration Building and the three floor men’s hostel. On September 10, 1984, CCT opened its third academic year and for the first time, student enrollment ran above one hundred.
CCT has continued to develop and has expanded the education opportunities for students, not only from Nigeria, but from other African countries. We are committed to preparing dedicated servants of Christ who will spread Biblical Christianity throughout Africa. May this continue until our Lord returns!