Trinity College of Florida is a Bible College dedicated to equipping you for Kingdom influence.
Your Future Starts Here
Trinity College of Florida is a private, nonprofit, Christian college located in Trinity Florida, near the beautiful Gulf Coast in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Established in 1932 by founder Dr. W. T. Watson, our school’s mission is to “provide a biblically-centered education, equipping servant leaders for life and career opportunities.” Trinity College of Florida has been known for its long legacy of being the best in Christian higher education and ministry preparation. We are distinctly evangelical but also interdenominational in nature.
The education you will receive at TCF concludes with more than a cap and gown, a walk across a platform, and a diploma in your hand. That is not the end—it is only the beginning. You will leave here fully equipped and ready to be sent to advance the gospel wherever you go.
How It All Began
In 1932, Dr. W. T. Watson came across an empty resort facility and commented that the property would make a good Bible school. To his surprise, two weeks later, Dr. Watson received a telegram from the Temple Terrace Resort owner. The New York City real estate mogul would be in town and was interested in meeting. He presented Dr. Watson with an uncanny set of terms and conditions for acquiring the resort property:
“No down payment – no interest – first payment due in ten years.”
This unique series of events launched the founding of Trinity College of Florida, as Dr. Watson established an academic institution to train and equip young men and women to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Originally focusing on training pastors and missionaries, the college has expanded its course offerings over the years to meet new demands.
Today, Trinity College of Florida remains committed to providing students with classroom training, opportunities for ministry, career advancement, and support from faculty and staff to develop strong values rooted in a Christ-centered worldview.
Answers to Your Questions About Trinity College of Florida
Trinity College of Florida believes that the Bible should be at the heart and core of all training and is the standard for evaluating all claims to knowledge. The Bible, as the inspired Word of God, is instrumental in thoroughly equipping God’s servants for ministry. This philosophy is reflected in the wide range of Bible and theology courses offered. The college believes that the Bible is the only framework within which a consistent, effective, and productive worldview, lifestyle, and life of service to God and humanity can be maintained.
We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God.
We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood and adopted into God’s family as His beloved children.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by whom the church is empowered to carry out Christ’s great commission.
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in “that blessed hope,” the personal, pre-millennial and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting bliss of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Trinity College of Florida believes and teaches the essential doctrines of the Christian faith that are commonly held to be the historic, Biblical, conservative, and evangelical position. The doctrinal statement above is applied within the academic and spiritual understanding of the inter-denominational character of our student body and faculty.
Trinity College of Florida provides a biblically-centered education, equipping servant leaders for life and career opportunities.
The goals for achieving this mission are:
1. Spiritual – To orient, motivate, and lead students to Christian maturity and spiritual depth.
2. Academic – To engage students with opportunities to integrate Biblical faith and learning.
3. Intellectual – To develop in students the ability for critical analysis and to motivate in them a desire for continuing intellectual pursuits.
4. Professional – To produce graduates competent in the area of their professional training.
5. Social – To cultivate a culture that redefines how we learn, love, and live in a way that honors God, impacting our community for generations to come.
The vision of Trinity College of Florida is to be the premier provider of Biblically-focused, multifaceted and diversified higher learning to fulfill the Great Commission in the life and career. Trinity College believes that the Bible should be at the heart and core of all training, and that it is the standard for evaluating all claims to knowledge. The Bible, as the inspired Word of God, is instrumental in thoroughly equipping God’s servants for ministry. This philosophy is reflected in the wide range of Bible and theology courses offered. The College believes that the Bible is the only framework within which a consistent, effective, and productive world, view, lifestyle, and life of service to God and humanity can be maintained.
In May 2005, Dr. Mark T. O’Farrell was elected the eighth President of Trinity College of Florida. Dr. O’Farrell has served in several pastorates in Georgia and Florida, before becoming the Assistant to the District Superintendent/Church Planting Director for the Southeastern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He was later elected, and subsequently re-elected as District Superintendent of the Southeastern District, serving for 12 years and is a recipient of the Antioch Award (2005) for his efforts in starting churches. Dr. O’Farrell has served as a trustee on several higher education boards, denominational boards, adult retirement communities, and auxiliary ministries.
Dr. O’Farrell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina and received a Doctor of Divinity from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, Georgia. Dr. O’Farrell and his wife, Billie, have four children and six grandchildren.
Trinity College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
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– Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888) 224-6684.
– Trinity College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students, and
– United States Department of Education for Federal Pell Grants and other Federal financial aid programs, and
– Approved to enable the certified veteran to gain financial supplement for education.
– American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
– Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)
– Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
– Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
– Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
– Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (FACCS)
– Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA)
– National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)
– National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
– Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC)
Trinity College of Florida is engaged in the ongoing collection of retention and graduation rates.
For the past 5 years, the percentage of new freshman still enrolled at the start of the next academic year has been as follows:
Fall 2018 freshmen who returned in Fall 2019: 55%
Fall 2017 freshmen who returned in Fall 2018: 37%
Fall 2016 freshmen who returned in Fall 2017: 65%
Fall 2015 freshmen who returned in Fall 2016: 54%
Fall 2014 freshmen who returned in Fall 2015: 36%
Graduation rates are calculated by computing the percentage of the entering first-time, full-time students who graduate from the College within six years and are as follows:
Fall 2013 freshman who graduated by May 2019: 8%
Fall 2012 freshman who graduated by May 2018: 27%
Fall 2011 freshmen who graduated by May 2017: 34%
Fall 2010 freshmen who graduated by May 2016: 35%
Fall 2009 freshman who graduated by May 2015: 23%
Fall 2008 freshmen who graduated by May 2014: 13%
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