Grace Bible College Jamshedpur has been faithful to the calling for past 35 years. It was established in the year 1981.
It was during the course of fellowship with Rev. James Luton, a visiting pastor from the U.S., that Rev. Cyril Peters shared his desire to start a Bible college.
To this, Rev. Luton related a dream that he saw before coming to India. It was a voice that said, “Give me this mountain.” He did not know what to make of it. Then he heard, “Give me Scotland or else I die.” In the morning he asked the Lord what the dream meant. The Lord told him that he would give him Jamshedpur. Also before he left for India, a member of his church had given him a gold nugget to, “give to someone who wants to start a Bible school.” Little did Rev. Luton know that God would take him to Rev. Peters. They met because he was in need of an interpreter for preaching in various churches and so Rev. Peters assisted him. In the Lord’s predestined time, both Rev. Luton and Rev. Peters understood the meaning of the dream. It was the genesis of Grace Bible College Jamshedpur.
The college began in rented quarters but later purchased property. Today, it accommodates four family quarters, a dormitory for 25 students, a worship hall, and room for other forms of ministry. After starting with English as its medium of instruction, it changed to Hindi because of the need of neighboring churches.
Grace Bible College Jamshedpur began its ministry among under-privileged children in 1985. Currently, this ministry serves about 130 children in a few locations. The Gospel is the primary focus, yet food and education are also provided.
Under the leadership and sponsorship of the College, 10 Baptist churches have been planted by graduates in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Orissa. Most of the churches are rural and poor.
In June 2002, at the age of 64, Rev. Cyril Peters suffered a heart attack because of which on 20th April 2004, the college was placed into the hands of his son, Rev. Cecil Norman Peters. Rev. Cyril Peters has officially retired as head of the college but continues to actively teach students and visit rural churches. With new leadership, the college continues to move ahead in faith with the vision to live, “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:9).”