SUM Bible College in Oakland California, Bay Area
SUM is a private, coeducational, Bible College & Theological Seminary connected with its Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian community. This movement generates a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and gender-inclusive fellowship empowered by the Holy Spirit. Evangelism, peacemaking, and reconciliation mark this fellowship. SUM is committed to reaching out to all people with the Gospel, and building cultural diversity, racial reconciliation, and gender equality.
SUM’s founding vision was to provide affordable training for people called by God into the gospel ministry. For over twenty years, we have valued the many social challenges and positive resources of urban living.
In 1987, George Neau pioneered an inner city church in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. He saw the need to develop ethnic leadership to reach the moral, spiritual, and financial needs of impoverished neighborhoods. He realized the need for bible college training; however, the cost for such training was often out of reach because of poor educational backgrounds and rampant poverty levels. The college began in George’s living room. Over time, George’s God-given dream of building an Bible college would be fulfilled by acquiring depressed land in the inner city, transforming them into facilities with donated materials and volunteer labor. The college was to be known as the School of Urban Missions (SUM). In 2011, the college changed its name to SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary. This name change heralds SUM’s new direction as evolving from a strictly urban focus to a evangelical worldwide emphasis.
- Dynamic chapel services
- A unified community within the dorms
- Personal mentorship with administration, faculty and alumni
- Serving the student body through the Student Government Association