Historical Narrative

Gulf Coast Beach SceneAn Oasis of Biblical Truth Since 1941! Since its beginnings in the early 1940s, the goal of the conference has been to provide residents and visitors on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the best in-depth Bible instruction available in a conference format. In those years, there have been numerous notable speakers comprised of Seminary and Bible College Presidents and Professors, Christian Authors, Theologians, Pastors, and Missions and Ministry Leaders. Countless numbers of attendees, of all ages, have been blessed by the opportunities for Biblical instruction, edification, fellowship, and worship provided at the CBC.

History of the Conference: The conference began as Fellowship Bible Conference at the Seashore Methodist Camp Grounds in 1941. In 1946, the name was changed to the Gulf Coast Bible Conference. In 1949, the location was moved to Camp Kittiwake and it was called Gulf Bible Conference. In 1957, it moved to Gulf Park College campus and remained there until 1964, when it returned to the Methodist camp where it began 23 years earlier. There were no conferences held for three years during the height of the Viet Nam conflict (1968-1970). In 1971, the conference was revived as the Coast Bible Conference and returned to the Methodist Assembly Camp Grounds. It was also held at the First Presbyterian Church in Biloxi during the mid-70s. By 1978, the conference was back at the Leggett Memorial Church and Seashore Camp Grounds. In 1983, the conference moved to the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. It remained there for 11 years until it returned to the Leggett Memorial Methodist Assembly Camp Grounds in Biloxi in 1994. For the next 11 years, the camp grounds hosted the conference as families from around the country came to the MS Gulf Coast to enjoy a week-long "Vacation with a Purpose." Then, on August 29, 2005, the Methodist facilities, along with much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. From 2006-2014, the CBC was held at New Hope and Bel Aire Baptist Churches, both in Gulfport. Since 2015, the conference has been hosted by Bible Fellowhsip Church in Pass Christian. Also, in an effort to provide the most impact for the amount of time dedicated to attending the conference, it has been shortened to an intense family-friendly, two-day, Friday-afternoon-thru-Saturday-evening format.

The CBC board members, with the support of your prayers and God's help, strived to offer a unique opportunity of spiritual growth centered around the teaching of God's Word on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Our Mission Statement: To facilitate sound Biblical teaching.

Our Key Bible Verse: Now the Bereans received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11)