The campus of St. Louis Christian College sits on 35 acres of rolling hills located in Florissant, Missouri. The city of Florissant has a long and rich history. Settled in the late 1700s (prior to the nation becoming independent), the village, called “Fleurissant,” by its French settlers and “St. Ferdinand” by its Spanish rulers, was a typical French village of the time. The College is located in a comfortable suburban setting just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis and the city’s impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities. Students enjoy both the vitality of the city of St. Louis and the safety of a suburb that is rated the safest community of comparable size in the state of Missouri and in the top 20 safest in the United States. The College’s 35-acre campus includes men’s and women’s residence halls and campus apartments, as well as educational and recreational facilities.
Florissant is proud of its diversity. At the 2010 census, there were 52,158 people, 21,247 households and 13,800 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 69.3% White, 26.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 2.0% of the population.
From its inception, St. Louis Christian College has provided Bible-centered higher education to equip men and women as leaders who impact the world for Christ. The College was founded to meet the ministry needs of the St. Louis region. In June 1956, three St. Louis ministers met to discuss a common concern: the need for leadership in the churches of the St. Louis region. Luther Perrine, Hubert Burris, and Vernon Newland reviewed the evangelistic decline of the previous quarter century and proposed to found a Bible college as a “center of evangelism” for the St. Louis region. Out of that proposal, St. Louis Christian College was established.