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SUM is a private, coeducational, Bible College & Theological Seminary connected with its Pentecostal/
Charismatic Christian community. This movement generates a multi-cultural, multi-racial, and gender-inclusive fellowship empowered by the Holy Spirit. Evangelism, peacemaking, and reconciliation mark this fellowship. SUM is committed to reaching out to all people with the Gospel, and building cultural diversity, racial reconciliation, and gender equality. SUM’s founding vision was to provide affordable training for people called by God into the gospel ministry. For over twenty years, we have valued the many social challenges and positive resources of urban living.

SUM commits to:
‣ Build a biblical and theological base for ministry and life.
‣ To provide quality education at a cost within the reach of the average person.
‣ Prepare leadership skills that support urban ministries and lay persons.
‣ To guide interpersonal relationships and social skills development.
‣ To instill the value of ethical behavior, responsibility, and professional


In 1987, George Neau pioneered an inner city church in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. He saw the need to develop ethnic leadership to reach the moral, spiritual, and financial needs of impoverished neighborhoods. He realized the need for bible college training; however, the cost for such training was often out of reach because of poor educational backgrounds and rampant poverty levels.

The college began in George’s living room. Over time, George’s God-given dream of building an urban bible
college would be fulfilled by acquiring depressed land an inner city buildings, transforming them into facilities with donated materials and volunteer labor. The college was to be known as the School of Urban Missions (SUM) Bible College & Theological Seminary.


SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary (SUM) equips indigenous leaders from America and the nations of the world by offering an affordable theological education combining academic instruction with practical hands-on ministry with personal mentorship. Our mission empowers these leaders to be instruments of change
in their communities.


As an education institution of evangelical persuasion and Pentecostal/charismatic heritage, SUM affirms the following Statement of Faith.