BonDurant, co-founder of MACU, dead at 101


George W. BonDurant


From staff reports

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

George W. BonDurant, the co-founder and first president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University, died Tuesday. He was 101.

According to a press release from MACU, BonDurant was an evangelist for the Roanoke District Churches of Christ when he arrived in eastern North Carolina in 1947. A year later, he and his wife, Sarah Presley BonDurant, co-founded what was then Roanoke Bible College in Elizabeth City to address the need for a “preacher-training” school for Church of Christ pastors, many of whom then only pastored part-time.

Under BonDurant’s leadership as president, Roanoke Bible College received its first accreditation in 1979 from the American Association of Bible Colleges, the forerunner of the Association of Biblical Higher Education. According to MACU, enrollment at RBC grew significantly during BonDurant’s tenure, and several buildings were constructed and historical homes along Poindexter Street were renovated.

For years, “Mr. B,” as he was known to RBC students, taught at the campus during the week and then preached on weekends. He also helped establish several congregations, and oversaw a three-week Christian camp for youth, Camp Roanoke, which operated on the RBC campus from 1953 to 1981. BonDurant served as both a professor and president at RBC until 1986.   

Following his retirement from RBC, BonDurant served as pastor of a small rural church and had a prison ministry at Currituck Correctional Institution in Maple. On Dec. 2, 2009, Gov. Bev. Perdue awarded BonDurant the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.

BonDurant’s wife preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, S. Elizabeth BonDurant.

Funeral arrangements for BonDurant are pending.