Since 1926, LABI-CA has equipped young men and women for leadership in the Latino churches by providing biblical, theological, and ministerial training. Reflecting the needs of a multicultural population, today instruction is offered in both English and Spanish, thus providing a setting conducive to the development of an effective multicultural ministry. The Institute’s curriculum focuses on the bilingual and bicultural preparation of men and women who have a calling from God to enter into either full-time ministry, church leadership, or pursue higher education.
Latin American Bible Institute holds the distinction of being one of the oldest Hispanic educational institutions in the United States. On October 1, 1926, Miss Alice E. Luce, a former Anglican missionary, joined with Ralph and Richard Williams and founded Latin American Bible Institute in San Diego, California, in conjunction with (then) Glad Tidings Bible Institute.
Her vision and determination for a Hispanic Bible school have remained an underlying factor in the success of LABI-CA. Experiencing a time of growth, the institute moved in 1935 from San Diego to nearby La Mesa, California, and then again in 1941 to Los Angeles. As more students enrolled for ministerial training, overcrowded conditions made it imperative to find larger facilities. The land purchased in La Puente, California, site of the present facilities, and by 1950 the school graduated its first class here.
To learn more about the founder of LABI College, please view the following film which gives a good insight to who Alice E. Luce was and get to know her passion for LABI.