Bible Institute of South Africa
About us

The Bible Institute of South Africa was founded in 1923 as an evangelical and interdenominational Bible Training College for men and women.

 From a humble beginning with a handful of post World War I students,  BISA's aim was to equip men and women for Missions and for Ministry.  Since then, BISA has a faithful and consistent record of theological training and instruction. Students are drawn from, and go out to minister in many different countries in Africa and the wider world. Ministers, Mission Workers, Lecturers, Laymen and Church Workers can be found in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, having been trained, using the Bible as their handbook, at BISA.  Likewise, countless Christians have been prepared for effective witness in the secular world.

 Our motto is the same today as it was nearly a century ago "To Know Christ and To Make Him Known" 

...coming to BISA could be your best decision.


Days to BISA Centenary in September 2023

BISA is non-denominational

We are a non-denominational institution and our point of departure in all things is the Bible.  We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. It is complete in its revelation, final in its content and absolute in its authority. Teaching God's Word at BISA, we aim to cultivate within our students a desire to obey God and to inspire hearts and minds with His Truth. Students must study the Word of God and learn to handle and communicate it competently.

Theologically, BISA is an evangelical college committed to the historical, Protestant, evangelical faith. We therefore recognise the universal sinfulness and helplessness of mankind, the sufficiency of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ for salvation, the justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone, the necessity of the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the believer, and the requirement of the holy life as evidence of salvation.

Courses and Accreditation

The college has several hundred students involved in a selection of courses. The residential course comprises a Bachelor of Theology, BTh (CHE accredited) and a Christian Foundations Gap-Year (not accredited). Programmes for off-campus students include a correspondence-based Distance Learning Programme - a Bachelor of Theology, BTh (CHE accredited) as well as a part-time Christian Leadership Programme, the CLP (not accredited). The residential courses include weekly practical ministry experience as well as a one-week Community Outreach, held annually in March.

BISA's Evening Class Courses run for one night per week every semester, They are open to the public for non-accredited personal development.

The BISA Winter School offers two weeks of inter-semester tuition and is held annually in June/July.  Winter School is open to church leaders and workers, offering subjects taught by international academics and researchers in their specific fields.

Classes are held on campus in the residential programme and off-campus in the Distance Learning Programme. Both programmes use the Learning Management System CANVAS in addition to specifically developed software B-SIS online.

In March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and following RSA presidential directives, all courses migrated to online tuition, until the cessation of lockdown.

The Bible Institute of South Africa is Provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2022 as a private higher education institution under the Act. Registration certificate No. 2018/HE08/002

Alfred Daintree

The work of the Bible Institute began in Manor House in Mowbray in 1923 under the leadership of the Rev Alfred DAINTREE, a godly and learned man. Mr. Daintree was also the rector of St Peter’s Anglican Church. Perhaps surprisingly, he had the part-time help of at least sixteen other lecturers during the college’s first year. The principal himself taught Old and New Testament, Doctrine, and even Pilgrim’s Progress!



BISA Founding Year

PrincipalsAlfred Daintree 1923Joseph Ward 1939Arthur Taylor 1940Stuart Law 1945Sandy Gilfillan 1953Murdo Gordon 1960Clive Tyler 1981Bryan Williams 1995Tom Austin 1999Raymond Potgieter 2006Pete Smuts 2011 (Acting)Daniel Simango 2014 .