Southwestern Christian College

Southwestern Christian College (SwCC) is a private, historically black Christian college in Terrell, Texas.

Southwestern Christian College
TypePrivate, HBCU
AffiliationChurches of Christ
PresidentDr. Ervin D. Seamster, Jr.
Location, ,
United States


SwCC was founded in 1948 by the educator and minister G. P. Bowser under the name Southern Bible Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. The initial class consisted of 45 students.

School officials intended to buy property in Fort Worth to erect a permanent school plant. In the summer of 1949, the school had the opportunity to purchase the property of the closed Texas Military College in Terrell. It did so and relocated the campus that fall, changing the name of the college.

The campus includes two locally significant historic buildings:

  • the first dwelling erected in Terrell, an octagonal-shaped house designed to provide better defense against Indian attacks. (Built by the first Terrell in town, it was called a "Round House.") The house was fitted with the first glass windows in Kaufman County, Texas. It is one of only 20 surviving Round Houses in the entire nation.
  • the Administration Building, which originally housed all of the Texas Military College which burned down in 2008. It was built by W. B. Toone. His wife was born to a family who lived in the Terrell Round House.

SwCC became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973. It is accredited to award Associate and Bachelor-level degrees.


SwCC offers associate and bachelor's degrees. Associate degrees in most fields are offered outside of those involving preparation for full-time ministry. Many junior- and senior-level courses have been offered in recent years, which eventually led to the school's first bachelor's degree graduates in 1984 and online courses at the present. A concerted effort has been made by the board of trustees not to allow the college's somewhat-limited resources to be spread too thinly.

Southwestern's associate-level graduates typically earn the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree; the bachelor's-level graduates typically earn the Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Jack Evans, Sr. is the former college president. He has held this position from 1967 until 2016 and was believed to be the longest-serving college president in the nation at the time of his retirement.


SwCC participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 5 as a Division I program.

SwCC participates in volleyball, basketball (men's and women's), and track (men's and women's). The school colors are blue and white and the school mascot is the ram.

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