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Helping to tell the North Central history

If the letters, NCBI, NCBC, and NCU mean something to you, chances are you have some knowledge of North Central history!

North Central began in October 1930 as North Central Bible Institute. The first class included around 30 students meeting in the basement of the Minneapolis Gospel Tabernacle, the church pastored by North Central’s founder, Frank J. Lindquist.

Coming together to gain a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures and prepare for service in ministry and missions, those students could not have known that nearly 90 years later “NCBI” would be a thriving university in the heart of Minneapolis.

More to the story

We can tell you that in 1957 NCBI became North Central Bible College (NCBC), a name that stayed until 1998 when, after adding several areas of study, we became North Central University (NCU).

But instead of us telling you about our history, we would rather learn about it from those who lived it!

In anticipation of celebrating 90 years in 2020, the North Central University 90th Anniversary Task Force is seeking stories and photos from alumni, and faculty, staff, and friends of the university who have been part of our story.

  • What are some of the best memories you have from chapel?
  • Who were your favorite professors?
  • How did you see God at work?

We’ve got the questions, you’ve got the answers!

Send us your thoughts via the NCU History Project Submission Form, or send an email with your story or ideas to

Your responses will be considered for materials we are created for the 90th anniversary celebration in 2020.