Why consider Biblical Leadership Institute?

biblical education booksConsistent:  Faculty includes instructors from a number of top Christian University and Seminary institutions including five Southern Baptist Seminaries, Florida Baptist College, Trinity College and Dallas Theological Seminary, and various others.

Cost:  Tuition is $180.00 per three hour course and limited scholarships may be available as funds permit.  Audit a course for $85.

Convenience:  Located in downtown Plant City, five minutes from I-4 with plenty of parking and within walking distance to restaurants, retail shops and the Historical District.

Facilities:  The university building is modern, comfortable and is updated as technology advances.  We have recently added audio-visual technology to the classrooms.  The Library is approaching 18,000 theological resources and classical reference volumes.

Variety:  Offers both degree and certificate programs as well as a degree completion program for those with two years of collegiate training.

Conservative Approach to Scripture:  All classes are taught from the literal interpretive viewpoint.

Affiliation:   BLI is an independent Christian educational institution with over forty churches, Baptist, and various denominations and non-denominations represented in the student body.  Our 42 current graduates represent over 30 local churches.


The Biblical Leadership Institute is evangelical, finding its foundations for biblical understanding, ministry leadership, and academic studies in a literal interpretation of the Bible.  It serves the larger evangelical church community and the multiple congregations with a focus on providing high caliber Christian training to the church and community.

What we believe:

We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. We believe there is one and only one living and true God. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Failure to accept His free gift of salvation results in eternal separation from Him.

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.

Award Winning Certificates

·Our BLI major specialty is providing Award Winning Certificates for the following (These courses are for men and women. They are practical and applicable in Christian service and do not require in depth theological studies: 

  • Award Winning Bible Teaching Certificate
  • Continuing Education Certificates– with our Church Revitalization focus training, “Nehemiah Today: Planting, Renewing, and Restoring the Church as the Body of Christ”
  • Grant Writing & Funding Development Certificate for your Church or Christian Organization
  • Prayer, Evangelism, Outreach, & Witnessing Certificate
  • Specialty seminars, events, and training as requested by churches
  • Evangelistic Community Ministry & Volunteer Certificate
  • Biblical Studies Certificates – BLI and/or transfers from other accredited or non-accredited schools
  • BLI certificate and EUS Academic Courses of local pastors and professors
  • ·Some BLI courses may be offered at distant site or other locations

BLI may partner with some existing on-line professional teaching organizations and add their own in future years
BLI is developing partnership with Baptist Associations and churches across Central Florida

Our History

Since we have gone through several transitions and made some tremendous changes, we thought it would be helpful to give you a small historical narrative along with our vision for the future.

Our Core Values:

Christ, Biblical Truth, Integrity,
Accountability, Discipleship
Love, Witness, and Faithfulness

Biblical Leadership Institute (Incorporated at 2007 as Evangelical University & Seminary) continues with its eight year now providing new opportunities. Our newsletter and our web domain, www.BiblicalLeadership.Institue gives you the information about the various organizations joining together to provide our educational opportunities. Currently officers of the school include Dr. Daniel L. Morris, Sr. president; Dr. Randall Miller, Academic Affairs Consultant; Linda Dougherty, Administrative Consultant; Dr. Robert Franklin, treasurer; Mrs. Karen Herndon, Bookkeeper and Student Records Assistant. The BLI Executive Committee includes Lynn Houser, Linda Dougherty, Steve Turbeville, and Dr. Randall Miller.
Other lists of Pastors, professors, trustees, and advisory council serving BLI is available on the web site. This information along with courses and training opportunities may change monthly. The school is more connected with local churches and makes a priority of providing practicums, special training, courses, and certificates to help any and all pastors, staff, church leaders and laity in the today’s churches. We are partnering with churches, agencies or Institutions across central Florida to provide the very best training. As Baptists, we connect with the Florida Baptist Convention and other Baptist Associations. However, we seek to involve and connect with the larger evangelical community. Our major theme is being the Great Commission School. Our desire is to equip Christian church and community leaders with excellent training to provide the Lord with servants and opportunities to bring more people into His Kingdom. Every second two people die and many of them have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can see our mission statement, vision statement and core values on the front page of our web page.

Our Mission:

We Equip Men and Women for Christian Service
through Higher Professional Biblical Education

June of 2014 we begin using the Biblical Leadership Institute trade name as our public identity of Evangelical University and Seminary, Inc. and added training events, seminars, and practicum courses to meet the broader needs of all men and women. We focus on courses and certificate programs for all ministers, staff, and church leaders desiring continual education. We encourage every Christian to take at least one course each year from BLI. These courses are in addition to the regular 3 hour academic courses offered by Evangelical University and Seminary Founded in 2007. God has provided additional support on a monthly basis through the Shiloh Baptist Association to keep the school moving forward and provide the extra studies. The core values of BLI fit into the core values of Shiloh Baptist Association and we are able to meet broad training needs of local pastors, staff, and church leaders.


We are Christ centered, church connected,
and community minded
as we equip the body of Christ to be:
·Grounded in biblical truth
·Living a victorious life, and
·Impacting their world with the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In addition to the Biblical Leadership Institute, we brought a partnership with Shiloh Baptist Association’s Peoples Life Institute (originally called Plant City Community Ministries.) This is the organization that our forty churches and the Plant City Community established as a ministry in 2013. Their mission is to help people in crises get the guidance and assistance they need to move beyond the crisis and on to a healthy, stable next level. Over seventeen hundred individuals and families have been guided through very difficult times while hearing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Since it is an organization with volunteer advocates that help equip people through a crisis in life and move to a healthy, stable foundation, we gave it the new name (PLI) Peoples Life Institute. The organization is a ministry by all of our Baptist churches under the Association and has Director Irene Wright and office manager, Crystal Copeland. It is located at 103 Johnson Road, Plant City 33566 and is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The organization is an outreach by the local churches and receives no government funds. We are not apologetic about sharing the gospel with every client and encouraging each to join a local evangelical church.