Frank J. Lindquist
Contribution at North Central University
Frank J. Lindquist was the Pastor at the Minneapolis Gospel Tabernacle (now Christ Church International). In the fall of 1930 Lindquist held North Central Bible Institute's first classes in the basement of Lindquist's church with an enrollment of 26 students. Lindquist and his staff created a curriculum that was designed to be a three-year program. The following year the student body doubled bringing in 30 new students. The school outgrew the basement moving to the church’s balcony to hold classes.
In the 1931-1932 school year, Lindquist acting as the president, initiated changes to begin growth of the school. By doing so Lindquist hired a larger staff to serve as Vice President, Dean of Students, Dean of Women, and Music Director. The school catalog was also changed and enhanced.
As the continuity of the class sizes grew, Lindquist sought to find a new home for North Central Bible Institute. In 1936 Lindquist came to a deserted hospital that stood on 910 Elliot Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Asbury Hospital was being sold for $500,000 with a one percent down payment. The Hospital Board offered to lend North Central Bible Institute money for the down payment. Lindquist was also able to negotiate the price tag down to $125,000. The building was bought and refurbished becoming North Central Bible Institute's first building.
In 1955, Lindquist and his staff introduced a four-year degree program with the help of General Council of Bible Schools in Springfield, Missouri. In 1957, the school’s name was changed to North Central Bible College.
Frank J. Lindquist served as the president of North Central Bible College 1930-1961, but still continued to teach at North Central following his retirement in 1964.
- A Faithful Past, a Shining Future: 75 Years of Pentecostal History at North Central University. North Central University Press, 2006.
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