Choosing a college is a choice that must be made by prayer, counsel, and careful consideration. We would like to encourage you to prayerfully consider Florida Baptist College as the place to receive your formal ministry training. With a church that is solid in Bible doctrine and sound in ministry practice, FBC students will graduate having learned in the laboratory of local church ministry.

Whether you are considering entering full-time ministry or are wanting to further your training for the Lord, we would count it a great privilege to be a part of your life and ministry.


Pastor George Pirt, President

Florida Baptist College is a pastor-led, Independent Baptist college under the sole authority of West Gate Baptist Church. It exists to train young men and women to carry out the Great Commission through a local church ministry.


The desire of FBC is to assist Christian young people whose hearts are tender towards the will of God and to train them to be servants of God through solid Bible teaching, academic excellence, and practical ministry experience.  

Florida Baptist College’s goal is that its graduates will be spiritually and practically equipped to reach the world for Jesus Christ through the ministries of local, Independent, Fundamental, Bible-believing Baptist churches.

Florida Baptist College is located just minutes from the beaches of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in the Tampa suburb of Town and Country. Town and Country is aptly named since it is just minutes away from both the bustle of downtown Tampa and the serenity of the country. The greater Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater area brims with ministry opportunities and exciting activities. Approximately 3,500,000 souls live within an hour radius of the campus of FBC.

At Florida Baptist College, students not only learn how to reach souls for Christ, but they have many opportunities to personally reach them.


In 2003, God burdened the heart of Pastor Bruce Turner of West Gate Baptist Church to start a Bible college.  In 2004, West Gate purchased ten acres of land contiguous to its campus.  The additional property provided the land necessary for a new auditorium, much-needed office space for the church, and classroom space for Florida Baptist College.  With the support of West Gate Baptist Church, FBC officially opened its doors in August of 2005. 

Since that time, FBC has graduated choice servants of the Lord who are now serving Him in local, Independent, Bible-believing Baptist churches and ministries across America. 

In August of 2010, Pastor Turner stepped down from the pastorate of West Gate Baptist Church and presidency of Florida Baptist College. Pastor George Pirt was called to be the Pastor and President.


Florida Baptist College is founded upon and exists to perpetuate the following Baptist fundamentals:

  • Preaching and teaching exclusively from the King James Bible
  • Scripturally sound, expository Bible preaching
  • The autonomy and primacy of the local church as God’s vehicle for performing His work
  • New Testament soul-winning, church planting, and missions
  • Personal holiness and separation from the world
  • Preservation of historical Baptist doctrine
  • God-honoring music that is conservative and uplifting 
  • Christian education as a Biblical mandate for all ages of people
  • Ecclesiastical separation from apostasy, evangelicalism, neo-evangelicalism, and ecumenicalism

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

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