- Small campus
- Multi-ministry local church
- Society intramural sports
- Close friendships
- Practical, hands-on training
- Evangelistic fervor
- Caring faculty & staff
- High academics
Students at GCC are training to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in either some special calling or through general studies that help them become more effective Christians. Students enjoy the spiritual life, athletics, Greek societies, social interaction, and more!
Students not only learn from the experience of student trained professors; they see the college's administration, faculty, and staff intimately involved in the church ministry alongside them. Christian service is not something only taught to students; students will see it lived out ractically by those who are teaching it. It has been said often, "More is caught than taught." Our students have every opportunity to experience both!
The church that houses and sustains this ministry is Gateway Free Will Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia. One of the largest and strongest churches in Free Will Baptist for decades, Gateway is committed to training Christian servants for the whitened fields of spiritual harvest. Also because this church family is so committed to the college ministry, our students enjoy being received into a loving atmosphere and into a church that has uplifting worship services, Christ-honoring music, fervent preaching, effective altar calls as well as people being saved regularly.
The academics of GCC are practical and exceptional. Scholarship in academics and a passion in practical application is a primary focus of the college. We designate this as "scholarship in practical academics." It involves a commitment to the finest and most thorough training vailable for Christian servants as well as an atmosphere of fervent Christian life. Academic studies are important for training, but they are not meant to replace one's spiritual life. Students training for Christian ministry at GCC will be encouraged to have a personal walk with Christ and to fulfill the purpose of 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
GCC is at the heart of the bustling area of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Closely connected to and surrounding Virginia Beach are Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News. This area is one of the most spiritually fertile fields in America. Also, jobs are not difficult to find here!
Dormitories are available for men and ladies (required for unmarried students 23 and under and who are not full-time military service). The dorms are right here on the 25-acre church and campus site. Access to the dorms, the college administrative & classroom wing, the cafeteria, and the church are all within walking distance. Parking is also available for each student at the dorms and the college wing. Students are a part of a Greek fellowship society of their choice. These societies are official gatherings of students for spiritual & social fellowships, sporting & scholastic competitions, and citizenship & community service. "Societies" are student-based groups that promote the wholesome expression and development of Christian character within the college setting.
The heart of spiritual influence at GCC is the chapel platform. Chapel takes place several times a week and is a time of preaching where college students are not just challenged mentally with Biblical material but where passionate emphases from the Bible seek to challenge & change the heart & emotions through preaching. All the administration, faculty, and students meet for each of the weekly chapel services so that all within the college will feel the heart and motivation of these services.