HEADLAND – With the recent opening of a new teaching facility, Kingdom College has continued to grow since it first accepted students in 2018.
Located on South Main Street in Headland Square, the college’s new education center sits on what was once the site of a coach house and stables. The property has been heavily renovated to make room for classrooms, a library and offices for instructors, said Virginia Mayer, president and co-founder of Kingdom College.
Some of the building’s original wooden ceilings and interior brick walls were retained during the renovations. Stained concrete floors run across the main walkway between classrooms and the library and up to a central information desk and offices where college faculty can meet with students.
Four classrooms as well as the offices have large bay windows, which makes the building more open. Each “smart” classroom is equipped with cameras, microphones, large screens and electronic whiteboards so students can attend class virtually if needed. Each classroom has been “adopted” to cover costs with small plaques outside each room offering thanks to supporters.
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Mayer admits that at first glance it was hard to imagine the building’s potential. But with a love of archeology — which was his first major — Mayer salvaged a bucket of dirt from the site.
“I just want to look at everything, so I’ve been sifting through the dirt trying to find some stuff, and I actually found some nails…from when they shoed horses with square-headed nails,” she said.
Prior to opening the 5,000 square foot education center, classes were held at the Living Waters Counseling Center in Headland as well as at the college’s administrative offices located not far from Headland Square. Headland United Methodist Church and Harvest Christian School also held classes. Mayer said some classes will still take place at Living Waters and other locations.
The college grew out of the Living Waters counseling center, said Mayer, who is the counseling center’s executive director.
“Living Waters helps support Kingdom College because we are not yet accredited,” Mayer said. “It is difficult to bring in students; it is absolutely necessary to have a regional accreditation.
With a mission of Christian education, Kingdom College offers an associate’s degree in ministry assistance as well as an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in psychology; a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biblical studies; and a master’s degree in divinity, Christian counseling in clinical mental health and clinical psychology. The college also offers certifications in lay counselling, chaplaincy, and grief and bereavement counseling, as well as dual enrollment for high school students.
Like Living Waters, Mayer said she was called by God to create Kingdom College, and in particular the program focused on Christian mental health clinical counseling – something Mayer said she saw a need during the pandemic for. help struggling missionary families.
“Who does the work when the family is in trouble, and they struggle like all of us,” she said. “We felt like we needed, that God was leading us into the Christian mental health clinic, so that maybe we could place counselors around the world.”
Kingdom College has held three graduations since it began accepting students in 2018. It currently has about 44 students, Mayer said. The college is fully accredited and working on accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges; Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools; Education Readiness Accreditation Council; and Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.
Living Waters has 10 scholarships for students to pursue studies in grief and bereavement at Kingdom College because Mayer said the need is so great.
Tuition at Kingdom College is $275 per credit hour for undergraduate programs and $375 per hour for master’s programs. There are also registration, facilities and technology fees as part of the registration.
“When the accreditation is in place, they can go and get licensed like anyone from Auburn or Alabama,” Mayer said of the students. “More and more people are drawn to Christian counseling.”
Peggy Ussery is a staff writer for Dothan Eagle and can be reached at [email protected] or 334-712-7963. Support his work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at dothaneagle.com.