TBBCS began in 1970 as the Bible Institute ministry of Tabernacle Baptist Church under its founding pastor, Rod Bell, Sr.  Though the church had only begun in 1967, Dr. Bell and the people of the Tabernacle saw a need in the Atlantic coastal region for a local-church-based Bible school, a school that stood for the fundamentals of the faith of Jesus Christ and trained fervent preachers of the Word of God.

In 1986, under the leadership of Dean Edward G. Caughill, the church expanded its Bible institute ministry to a full four-year college, Tabernacle Baptist Bible College.  Dr. Caughill had come to the ministry in 1985 bringing broad experience and expertise in the Bible college movement and proved to be just the man to orchestrate this expansion.

Soon after that expansion, the church and college leadership responded to the need to offer an advanced level of Bible study, and in 1987, Tabernacle Baptist Church added to its Bible college ministry by establishing Tabernacle Baptist Theological Seminary.  Under Dr. Caughill's continued leadership, the seminary provided advanced degrees for students desiring a more complete study of the Scriptures.  With this new aspect of the ministry in place, the College and Seminary made intensive Bible study available to a wide range of individuals looking to serve more effectively in their local church ministries and desiring to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of God and His design for life.

Since its inception, God has used TBBCS to prepare hundreds of men and women for faithful service of Christ as pastors, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, educators, and even as lay members in churches.  With God's blessing upon the College and Seminary, Tabernacle Baptist Church has seen its influence for Jesus Christ extend around the world, having provided training not only for American missionaries, but also for believers from other nations who came to Tabernacle to prepare for the service of God in their own countries.  The present administration of the College and Seminary is committed to a continuing expansion of this influence to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ in all the world.