Georgia Christian University had its beginning as the Immanuel Original Bible Institute in Alabama in the year of 1986. Its sole focus was on studying Biblical languages and Biblical interpretation. In 1995, the institute moved to Alpharetta, a northern metropolitan area of Atlanta, and changed its name to School of Theological Seminary in Georgia. In 1998, the school sought a larger space to build a bigger campus and purchased a location near the city of Lawrenceville, GA as well as the current Norcross facility.
A new board of trustees was formed to run an efficient theological institution. In the same year, the new board decided not only to change its name to Georgia School of Theology, but also to study the potentiality of a joint program with the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, one of the Theological institutions of the United States Presbyterian Church. This partnership consultation between the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and the then Georgia School of Theology was short-lived.
On April 5, 2002, Georgia School of Theology was certified to begin issuing and applying for I-20 student visas from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS). In August 2002, the Georgia School of Theology and what is now Georgia Christian University was divided into two separate institutions, the former a religiously exempt school and the latter an authorized university. On June 1, 2003, Georgia Christian University’s Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Music, Theology, Mission, and Christian Education were approved by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.
In July of 2004, Georgia Christian University moved to the current campus in Lilburn and expanded the campus in 2005. In 2006, the student association body was formed to guarantee better campus and student lives at GCU. Also, the graduates of GCU reformed their Georgia Christian University Alumni Association the same year. In 2007, to promote Georgia Christian University, the Alumni Association successfully organized the Spirituality Conference, and in October 2007, GCU was authorized to offer academic programs in Business Management with BA, Master’s Degree in Divinity, and Doctoral Degree in Ministry.
For an on-going task, GCU has submitted an application to a National Accreditation Body (TRACS) for an evaluation, and in April 2009, GCU was approved of Candidate Status by TRACS (Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools), and thriving its best efforts to achieve higher educational goal set forward by prestigious faculty members and administrative staff, also including community members and churches.
In March of 2010, GCU and Honam Theological University & Seminary in Kwangju, Korea became sister institutions for mutual growth and academic advancement.
In May of 2011, The Georgia Christian University is granted a provisional certification for the Federal Aid (Title IV program) from the Atlanta School Participation Team of U. S. Department of Education (USDE).
In 2011, GCU has acquired and moved to a new campus site at 6789 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30360 to facilitate growing demands and needs for educational environment.
In June of 2012, GCU School of Divinity became an associate member school of the ATS (Association of Theological School).
In the year of 2012, GCU has exchanged MOUs with three Universities in Korea in becoming sister institutions: Handong Global University in Pohang (July), Youngnam Theological University & Seminary in Kyungsan (September), & Daejeon Theological University in Daejeon (October).
In November of 2012, GCU has become and recognized as a full accredited member school of TRACS.
In January of 2013, GCU has exchanged a MOU with Seoul Jangshin University located in Kwangju, Kyeongki-do in becoming sister institutions.
In February of 2014, GCU School of Divinity is granted Candidate status from ATS.
In October 11, 2014, GCU installed Dr. Young Ihl Chang, the former President (19th) of the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Korea as the Second President. The Founder and First President, Dr. Kim is installed as the University Chancellor.
GCU offers our heartfelt appreciation, glory and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ for establishing and raising Georgia Christian University. The years of history of GCU have witnessed the rise of Christian leaders armed with a biblical worldview, and teaching the Word of God.