providing Christ-centered education.
Northwestern opened on October 2, 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School, founded by William Bell Riley, well-known pastor and evangelist. Classes were held in First Baptist Church in Minneapolis and Jackson Hall, First Baptist’s education building.
In a brief four-year tenure, Northwestern’s second president, Rev. Billy Graham, launched KTIS and helped move the campus to Memorial Hall in Loring Park. Despite gaining national prominence under Graham, the college temporarily closed in 1966 for restructuring and relocation.
Guided by the leadership and faith of William B. Berntsen, the college reopened in 1972 on its current St. Paul campus and expanded to the modern college experience it is today.