Dr. Jesse L. Trotter founded Lift Bible Crusade College and Seminary, Incorporated (LIFT) in 1972.
Dr. Trotter was the Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Ocean Springs, MS for 42 years. He was Moderator of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist District Association for many years. Dr. Trotter founded LIFT with basically 3 objectives in mind. He wanted to make seminary training Accessible, Affordable and Attainable.
Accessible Seminary Training
Many pastors, especially within the black church, are bi-vocational and therefore, are unable to leave their busy pastorates and secular jobs to go off for seminary training. LIFT addresses this issue by utilizing what we call the local church model. The Local Church Model of seminary training allows LIFT to work with cooperating pastors to establish extensions within the context of the local church in the communities where pastors, ministers and lay people live. This enhances the accessibility of seminary training for all who have an interest. To make classes more accessible to the working student, most are offered during the evening.
Affordable Seminary Training
Seminary education is very affordable at LIFT. Our goal is not financial, it’s educational. We don’t want finances to be a roadblock to students obtaining seminary training. All classes offered by LIFT are $40.00 per semester hour.
Classes are good for 4 semester hour, so the cost per class at LIFT is $160.00. There is a per semester registration fee of $25.00. Tuition may be paid at the time of registration or the student may select an installment plan with all tuition due by the end of the academic year.
Attainable Seminary Training
Any diligent student, regardless of educational background, can obtain a seminary degree at LIFT. When Dr. Trotter founded LIFT, he envisioned a student enrolling without having a high school diploma and working his or her way to the doctorate degree following the educational tract listed below:
•CERTIFICATE IN BIBLICAL STUDIES 16 SEMESTER HOURS
•DIPLOMA IN BIBLICAL STUDIES 32 SEMESTER HOURS
•ASSOCIATES OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 64 SEMESTER HOURS
•BACHELOR OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 120 SEMESTER HOURS
•MASTER OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 40 SEMESTER HOURS
•DOCTORATE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 40 SEMESTER HOURS
If a student desires to accelerate their date of graduation, correspondence courses may be taken in addition to the in-class courses.
If you are interested in seminary training that is accessible, affordable and attainable, LIFT may be the place for you.
Dr. Jesse L. Trotter, Sr.