Toccoa Falls College

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Welcome to Toccoa Falls College! Our school is a private, nonprofit, Christian liberal arts institution located in the foothills of beautiful northeast Georgia. Established in 1907 by founder R. A. Forrest, our school's mission is to cultivate a uniquely Christian learning community that integrates the pursuit of truth with godly character to produce graduates prepared both personally and professionally for service. The college works with many evangelical, Christian groups and is an affiliate college of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

An important part of developing leaders is to provide the best in academic curriculum to prepare students for the future. Toccoa Falls College has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1983. A variety of undergraduate degree programs and certificate programs are offered through the College's four schools; the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, the School of Professional Studies and our new Fetterman School of Nursing which opened Fall 2017. Our total enrollment figure is just over 1,700, including undergraduate and graduate students both residential and online. Our small 15:1 ratio facilitates an open door policy and excellent one-on-one advising from faculty to student.

Our beautiful campus sits on 1,100-acres in the rural foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where students and visitors to the campus can enjoy views of mountain scenery while participating in the many outdoor activities the area provides; such as rock-climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping and more. TFC is also home to the historic Toccoa Falls waterfall. At 186 feet, the waterfall is taller than Niagara Falls and the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi River.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Toccoa Falls College
107 Kincaid Drive
Toccoa Falls, GA 30598


Phone: 706-886-7299


Organization details

EIN: 580685908

CEO/President: Robert M. Myers


Board size: 0

Founder: R. A. Forrest

Year founded: 1943

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Toccoa Falls College will be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence, and intentional spiritual formation within a caring Christian community.

Toccoa Falls College is an educational institution, a character-building enterprise, and a spiritual formation community, all integrated into a unique way of life. Our primary purpose is to glorify God through offering residential programs that prepare men and women for lives of personal fulfillment and Christian servant leadership to the church and the world. We also seek to glorify God through offering non-residential Christ-centered programs to the community at large.

Mission statement

The mission of Toccoa Falls College is to cultivate a uniquely Christian learning community that integrates the pursuit of truth with godly character to produce graduates prepared both personally and professionally for service.

Statement of faith

Toccoa Falls College shall teach and defend the historic and basic doctrines of evangelical Christianity such as:

The verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given;

The existence and manifestation of one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

The incarnation and virgin birth of the Son of God;

The redemption of man by the vicarious death of Christ on the cross;

The bodily resurrection from the grave;

The fact that all men have sinned and consequently must be regenerated by the working of God's grace; Justification by faith;

The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the believer, producing holiness of life and power for service;

Practical faith in the sufficiency of Christ for spiritual, temporal and physical needs;

The purifying hope of the Lord's imminent return; and

The urgency of preaching the gospel to all mankind, that men may be saved from eternal judgment.

The said college, even though non-sectarian, is to be conducted according to the faith and teaching of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating297 of 84430 of 106
Fund acquisition rating582 of 84482 of 106
Resource allocation rating272 of 84427 of 106
Asset utilization rating218 of 84419 of 106

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$811,673$1,391,393$1,543,618$1,257,148$1,250,863
Short-term investments$2,782,997$3,231,536$2,954,723$2,815,630$2,763,688
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$11,606,333$10,901,996$9,448,644$7,289,703$6,572,547
Long-term investments$792,950$225,581$73,054$315,203$374,954
Fixed assets$16,531,557$17,143,983$17,387,489$16,561,185$16,073,476
Other long-term assets$243,089$282,520$540,899$563,068$573,806
Total long-term assets$17,567,596$17,652,084$18,001,442$17,439,456$17,022,236
Total assets$29,173,929$28,554,080$27,450,086$24,729,159$23,594,783
Payables and accrued expenses$898,832$297,057$276,748$274,590$230,181
Other current liabilities$650,000$798,970$924,540$1,040,000$542,674
Total current liabilities$1,548,832$1,096,027$1,201,288$1,314,590$772,855
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$575,879$524,171$776,098$831,447$773,858
Total long-term liabilities$5,618,405$6,031,521$6,626,274$7,150,169$7,448,478
Total liabilities$7,167,237$7,127,548$7,827,562$8,464,759$8,221,333
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$2,222,023$2,155,781$2,547,556$2,091,211
Permanently restricted$5,499,859$3,202,295$3,180,750$3,117,750$3,028,628
Net assets$22,006,692$21,426,532$19,622,524$16,264,400$15,373,450
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Total contributions$1,020,043$1,077,469$1,604,792$2,003,602$1,582,438
Program service revenue$23,534,707$21,864,607$20,372,069$18,830,194$19,250,720
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$124,726$231,534$1,960,192$73,139$178,156
Other revenue$553,189$405,945$236,364$371,349$375,153
Total other revenue$24,212,622$22,502,086$22,568,625$19,274,682$19,804,029
Total revenue$25,232,665$23,579,555$24,173,417$21,278,284$21,386,467
Program services$21,354,787$19,100,209$18,117,557$17,520,422$17,582,768
Management and general$2,432,901$2,136,916$2,266,664$2,348,277$2,335,428
Total expenses$24,174,550$21,647,692$20,814,125$20,315,262$20,422,204
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Surplus (deficit)$1,058,115$1,931,863$3,359,292$963,022$964,263
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,058,115$1,931,863$3,359,292$963,022$964,263


Robert MyersPresident$235,066
Brian SheltonVP of Academic Affairs/Pro$156,651
Gregg Schulte Part YearVP Business & Finance$91,807
John AllenChairman$35,573
Dee MooneyVP Business & Finance$8,282

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2021. To update the information below, please email:



In 1907 a man dared to dream. One man believed that following the vision God had put in his heart was the most important work his life could accomplish. That same man, despite overwhelming obstacles, established an academic institution that was devoted to preparing God's people to fulfill their calling.

Toccoa Falls College is that institution and a dream come true for co-founders Richard and Evelyn Forrest. Dr. Richard A. Forrest went on to become the college's first president.

Under the direction of Dr. Forrest, the school kept pace with the advancement of educational standards in the United States. In 1928, the State of Georgia fully accredited the Toccoa Falls High School, establishing a cooperative relationship with the county educational system that continued until the academy closed in 1976.

In 1937, a four-year Bible college program was initiated by adding to the biblical and theological studies several courses in the field of general education. The Legislature of the State of Georgia chartered the college division in 1939 and authorized the institute to grant the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education. In 1957, the college was accredited by the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges and on December 13, 1983, by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In October 1975, to keep abreast of the current usage of terms, the Board of Trustees changed the name from Toccoa Falls Institute to Toccoa Falls College.

During the history of the institution, there have been seven presidents: Dr. Richard A. Forrest, Founder; Dr. Julian A. Bandy; Dr. Kenn W. Opperman; Dr. Paul L. Alford; Dr. Donald O. Young; Dr. W. Wayne Gardner, and current President, Dr. Robert M. Myers.


Dr. Forrest often referred to the school as a "tree of God's planting." The tree has expanded and has borne much fruit. It was also severely tested on several occasions. In 1913, Haddock Inn, the original building, burned to the ground. But the Forrest's vowed to continue having received God's promise to them in Isaiah 61:3; "to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor."

Toccoa Falls College, an independent, nonprofit educational institution, trains men and women for vocational and professional Christian ministries and works with many evangelical and Bible-believing Christian groups. The college is an affiliate college of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. Graduates serve in places of Christian leadership throughout the United States and most nations of the world. The college functions under a Board of Trustees that sets policy and an administration and faculty that implements it.

TFC is focused on students who are dedicated to Christ and aspire toward academic excellence in preparing to invest their lives either in full-time Christian ministry or ministry through their secular employment. TFC currently has 35 majors and 43 minors in four schools: Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, Christian Ministries and Fetterman School of Nursing.

Program accomplishments

100% receive financial aid

75+ majors and minors

15:1 student to faculty ratio

1,780+ students