General Information


In our world of accelerated change, it is important to plan carefully for where we are going, but also appropriate to consider from whence we have come.

The sponsoring church of Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute is associated with the American Baptist Association of Churches. Presently there are 34 such schools listed in the American Baptist Association Year Book for 2017. Most of these schools offer traditional education methods with only a few offering non-traditional methods, that is, Directed Studies by correspondence or through the Internet. CABBI programs of study are offered through the traditional method of study, that is, classes are held in the facilities of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. Presently, CABBI offers only an on-campus program with classes meeting on Monday.
In April 2000, Fairview Missionary Baptist Church voted to start a new school in Hensley, Arkansas under the direction of Dr. Paul R. Carter. The operation of this school has been in the planning stages since this time. After much prayer and planning, this has become a reality and a new school known as Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute was born.
Since 2000, CABBI is continuing its rich history of training men to boldly preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping women to live out their faith while ministering within their family and church.


In the U.S. accreditation is strictly on a volunteer bases. There exist a nationwide network of educational accrediting bodies known as the six regional accreditation associations that accredit colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning. Furthermore, there exist many professional accreditation association for the purpose of accrediting programs within a school, institute, college, or university. For example, the American Psychological Association [APA] is a professional association that accredits the psychology department within an institute, college, or university. There also exist national recognized accrediting association for Bible Colleges, Bible Institutes, and Theological Seminaries, for example, TRACS, ATS, or AABC.
Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute believes that it is important for the student who has matriculated with the institute to know that CABBI is not accredited by either a national or regional association. CABBI is making every effort to educate the student regarding this issue of accreditation. CABBI has been given a religious exemption to grant diplomas by the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education. CABBI has received Certificate of Exemption From Certification by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to grant religious degrees for the programs listed in this catalog. The receiving of this religious exemption does not in any way imply that CABBI is state approved nor does it imply that it will be regionally or nationally accredited. CABBI is committed to our students and prospective students to be open and honest regarding this issue of accreditation.

Admission Policies

Admission is under a non-discriminatory policy, without regard to race, creed, or ethnic origin. CABBI does not receive governmental assistance. The student should complete all forms and return them with appropriate fees to the school.

Board of Trustees

David Bell
Carrol Corrigan
Mark Rash
Steve Reaves

Legal Status

Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute, operated by Fairview Road Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. of Hensley, Arkansas is exempt from certification under the rules and regulations implementing Arkansas Code Annotated 6-61-301. The Certificate of Exemption is limited to the following programs: Associate of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Bible Languages, Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Theology, and Doctor of Bible Languages. The predominant purpose of the programs offered at Central Arkansas Baptist Bible Institute is to prepare students to assume leadership positions in a church and/or religious organization. The programs are not customarily offered at colleges and universities, and are not required to be certified by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This exemption was granted on February 13, 2013.