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Welcome to Southwest Bible College

A Center for Biblical Studies and Ministry Development

A Journey of Faith and Service

Logo“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)


richard-carlson-signs-diplomasWelcome to Southwest Bible College!  You have landed here because of a desire for spiritual growth and Christian service.  I am no stranger to this sentiment.

As a young, moderately successful business man, I had a vivid desire for a deeper understanding of the Word of God, the Bible.  My family and I were involved in a strong, Bible teaching church.  My interest was mainly in the music end of things, while my wife was involved in children’s ministry.

As dissatisfaction with my professional life increased, I began to question whether there might be something more fulfilling that I could pursue in the Work of the Lord.  As I prayerfully considered these things over a period of years, I determined that it would be helpful to make a commitment to study in a Bible college setting as a test, or investigation into this deep-seeded desire.

As a result of this investment I became a full-time minister, first, as an Assistant Pastor, and later as Senior Pastor.  I also had the privilege of planting several new churches that have experienced growth and development. My personal pathway led me to believe that there were others who could benefit from this type of study as much as I did.  I determined to start a Bible College that would fill this kind of a need, as well as reaching younger, college age individuals with similar interests.

Thus, Southwest Bible College was formed in the year 2000, and has been training a wide variety of students ever since. It is with this sense of a shared passion for service that I welcome you to our school. We are firmly committed to helping those who wish to deepen their walk with the Lord and their service to His Church.  We count it a privilege to serve the Christian community in this way, and we would love to support you and your desires for growth and ministry.

God bless you in your pursuits,

Richard Carlson, President / Founder

Current Students



The Southwest Bible College “Center for Biblical Studies and Ministry Development” seeks to equip servant leaders to live the adventure of glorifying Christ. We train students (both young and old) to serve God in whatever capacity that He chooses

Equipped in the Word

Biblical truth and content provides the basis for the curriculum of the college.  True world changers are men and women who are committed to the unchanging Word of God for His glory!.

Engaged in Worship

Worship is an expression of one’s entire life.  The focus is not on external worship styles and fads, but an emphasis that life must be lived to the praise and glory of God.

Empowered for Witness

The Spirit works through the Word in life transformation to bring glory to Christ.  A dynamic infilling of the Spirit is evidenced by the increase of a fruit-filled, transformed life.

Enabled for the Work

The call to Christ-likeness challenges the student to be willing to lay down his life so that the life of Christ may be gained. Ministry is the normal outgrowth of a Christ-like, Christ-glorifying life.




Meet the Faculty

The Future Unfolds

Facilities and Growth