As the new president of Manna Bible Institute, I come as the world is becoming increasingly more volatile, pluralistic and globalized. The threats to the Gospel and the Church are more pervasive, and making Christian disciples today is more challenging than ever. But I believe Manna is well positioned to counter such threats.
Established over 70 years ago during a time of extreme racial polarization, a diverse group of Christian idealists came together to build an urban Bible school. Those idealists believed biblical education to be the impetus to change the spiritual and social conditions of urban communities.
When Bible colleges and seminaries closed their doors to African Americans, the founders idealized a school where no doors would ever be closed to those seeking to learn the Bible. Since, Manna has educated thousands of pastors, teachers, and church leaders throughout New Jersey, Delaware, and the Philadelphia regions.
In the Bible, manna was a supernatural provision that fell from heaven for the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. It fell until the people reached the Promised Land. Likewise, Manna Bible Institute continues to be the educational provision for those journeying through the world’s wilderness, preparing people on toward their Promised Land.
Despite the current challenges, we are still forging ahead. I thank God for Manna’s glorious past, but now readying to focus on turning the page and continuing Manna’s rich legacy. I invite you to journey along with us.
God bless you,
Dr. Charles L. McNeil, Sr., President
“An Unfinished Task with Unlimited Possibilities Ahead”
As Manna welcomes its 11th President, Dr. Charles L. McNeil, Sr., its mission is expected to continue of “training inner-city students in the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures in order that they may be intellectually and spiritually equipped to teach others.”
Dr. McNeil comes at a time when theological education is being threatened like never before. Yet, together with a faithful administration, staff, and teachers; seven campuses within two states; a centrally located main campus; and a steadfast love for the cause of Christ in the city, Manna is indeed “an unfinished task with unlimited possibilities ahead.”
Dr. Charles and Angela McNeil