* 1 History * 2 Administration * 3 Notable and noteworthy graduates * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Further reading
In June 1917 an elderly German professor came to Zarephath, the headquarters of the Pillar of Fire, and offered to teach college level classes. Several other classes were organized around a standard college curriculum.
The college was first allowed by the New Jersey Department of Education ) to grant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 1921 and the name Alma White College was chosen. Alma White's son, Arthur Kent White was the first president starting in 1921. Alma White was the founder of the church.
In 1923 the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey provided funding for the school, allowing it to become "the second institution in the north avowedly run by the Ku Klux Klan to further its aims and principles." Alma White said that the Klan philosophy "will sweep through the intellectual student classes as through the masses of the people." At that time, the Pillar of Fire was publishing the pro-KKK monthly periodical The Good Citizen . In 1927 the college conferred its first Doctor of Divinity degree.
Arthur Kent White retired as president in 1971.
The college made the decision to shut down its liberal arts and science programs. The state gave the school permission to allow the students already enrolled to complete their studies until graduation.
It graduated its last student in June 1978.
After the closing of the college, the Pillar of Fire continued to
operate Zarephath Bible Institute , which historically had operated on
the campus. In early 2001, on the same campus, the Pillar of Fire
Somerset Christian College
* Arthur Kent White was president from 1921 to 1971. * Gertrude Metlen Wolfram (1888–1959) was the dean of the college.
NOTABLE AND NOTEWORTHY GRADUATES
* Arthur Kent White honorary D.D. (1927) * Alton Milford Young , D.D. (1927) * Donald Justin Wolfram , B.A. * Robert Barney Dallenbach , B.A. * Joseph Gross, current general superintendent, Pillar of Fire International * Johannes Maas (B.A. 1958), president of Worldwide Faith Missions * John Gross, former president, WEC International * James P. Butler class of 1971. Retired after 38 years as a Team Leader with the N.J. Superior Court Criminal Division. Earned a Master Degree from FDU in 1986. Six other graduates in 1971 went on to become Probation Officers, Chief of Detectives, Supervisor of the New Mexico Highway Patrol.
* ^ Erbon W. Wise , The Bridwell family in America (1978), 105.
* ^ A B C Gertrude Metlen Wolfram (1954). The widow of Zarephath.
Pillar of Fire . In June 1917 our people made the acquaintance of an
elderly German professor, who came to Zarephath offering to conduct
classes on the college level for such persons as might care to attend
them. Several other classes were organized under some of our own
professors, and all were conducted according to regular college
schedules, meeting requirements as to hours, numbers of classes, and
character of work done. In May 1921 application was made to the Stale
Board of Education at Trenton, New Jersey, for a college charter,
which, after due inspection and consideration, was granted, and Alma
College became a reality. In order to distinguish and avoid confusion
in connection with another Alma College, the name was subsequently
Alma White College.
* ^ Susie Cunningham Stanley (1993). Feminist Pillar of Fire: The
Life of Alma White. The Pilgrim Press. ISBN 0-8298-0950-3 . ...
assumed the deanship of
Alma White College when it was founded in 1921
Alma White College offered Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Robert McHenry (1983). Famous American women. ISBN
0-486-24523-3 . ... in 1921,
Alma White College in Zarephath ...
* ^ The
New Jersey almanac. 1963. p. 587. In 1921 the New Jersey
Board of Education granted to
Alma White College the authority to
confer the degrees of
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. ...
* ^ A B C "
Alma White College Exercises".
New York Times . June 14,
1937. Retrieved 2009-12-11. Commencement exercises of Alma White
College will be held here tomorrow afternoon, with Arthur K. White,
Junior Bishop of the
Pillar of Fire Church and president of the
college, as the speaker. Zarephath Bible Seminary and Alma Preparatory
School are associated with the college.
* ^ A B C D "Bishop Arthur White, 92, Dies. Headed Pillar of Fire
New York Times . September 18, 1981. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
Bishop Arthur K. White, president and general superintendent of the
Pillar of Fire Church in
Zarephath, New Jersey
* Alma White College: a history of its relationship to the development of the Pillar of Fire; Evan Jerry Lawrence (1966)
Preceded by Zarephath Bible Institute EDUCATION AT ZAREPHATH, NEW JERSEY 1921-1978 Succeeded by Somerset Christia