On May 5, 1966, Harry W. Branding (superintendent of the Missouri District of the United Pentecostal Church International) appointed a committee to explore the possibility of a Bible college in the St. Louis area. This committee consisted of Guy E. Roam, W. C. Parkey, W. I. Black, Roy E. Gerald, and Oliver Spencer. On July 13, 1966, this committee recommended to the Missouri District that a college be founded, and the Missouri District passed the resolution that created what would become Gateway College of Evangelism.
The General Conference of the UPCI endorsed the college on October 24, 1966. In January of 1967, bylaws and guidelines for the college were chosen and the name “Gateway College of Evangelism” was accepted by the Missouri District. W. C. Parkey was selected as the first president, and a site for the college was purchased at 3155 Charbonier Road near Florissant, Missouri. Gateway College of Evangelism formally opened on September 13, 1968, and in 1971, a new campus was purchased at 700 Howdershell Road in Florissant. These facilities had formerly been the St. Stanislaus Seminary, the oldest college campus west of the Mississippi River.
Urshan College’s welcoming 22-acre campus is situated in Florissant, a northern suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. The historic nature of the Urshan campus provides students with a distinctly academic environment to pursue their education. With buildings dating back to the 1840s, the Urshan campus is an iconic landmark in the story of Christianity in the Midwest. Just stepping onto most college campuses can be daunting due to their immense size and student body, however at Urshan College we pride ourselves on the close-knit family atmosphere that is present on our campus.
Our proximity to the bustling metropolis of St. Louis affords students access to world–renowned museums and attractions, diverse musical inspiration, and emotionally moving historical destinations. From the Delmar Loop to Old St. Charles, from food to the arts, diversity abounds in St. Louis, and there is incredible opportunity to experience a wealth of cultural flair. St. Louis is also home to historic Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. Forest Park plays host to several attractions, including the St Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Art Museum. St. Louis is full of opportunities to experience education, entertainment, and exploration like no other place in the Midwest.