In 1994, under it’s president, Prof. Dr. Chansamone Saiyasak, the Mekong Evangelical Mission (MEM) established the Mekong Bible Training Center (MBTC) in Nathan district, Ubon Ratchatani province, Thailand, in order to provide Bible and ministerial training for pastors and leaders. The mode of training was through one-week modular (intensive) courses. In 1999, Dr. Saiyasak implemented the change from the MBTC to the Mekong Bible Seminary (MBS) in order to offer training programs at the certificate, bachelor, and master’s levels. However, the programs still retained its mode of delivery where courses were taught in one-week modules.
By 2002, the MBTC became fully the MBS and began offering courses in the certificate, bachelor, and master’s programs. In 2004, the MEM had completed its massive building construction program to accommodate MBS. A significant boost for the MBS was the arrival of a missionary couple from South Africa, Neville and Christine Riddick, who joined the faculty of MBS. Under Neville’s leadership as provost, MBS was able to provide regular Bible training in all three academic levels. In addition, with Dr. Lee I. Bruckner as the MBS academic dean and Dr. Chansamone Saiyasak as its President, the MBS became a significant biblical and theological training facility for leaders.
The MBS had over 50 students enrolled at its beautiful campus along the Mekong River (which also serves as the Thai-Lao border). Later years, the MBS graduated over 60 students in all three levels: certificate, bachelor and master’s. The MBS became associate member of Asia Theological Association International (ATA). The name Mekong Bible Seminary was later changed to Mekong College and Seminary.
The Mekong College and Seminary was also legally incorporated in the State of Florida, United States of America, as an educational institution and was authorized as a postsecondary educational institution by Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education, U.S. Department of Education, to offer up to a master’s degree programs that prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work. The Mekong College and Seminary operates through it main campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and through its extension campuses in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.