The College of Biblical Studies is on a mission to eradicate father absence through a tuition-paid scholarship designed to address and overcome the plight of children growing up without a positive father figure. “Emerging Leaders” is a scholarship program for young men, ages 17 to 30, designed to address the father absence epidemic in communities around the nation.

The Emerging Leaders program has been established to support, counsel, mentor, and provide a tuition-paid, accredited degree to young Christian men who meet eligibility requirements. Research and data show father absence negatively affects children socially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Father absence is a key factor in a life of poverty, familial abuse and neglect, and incarceration.

“Father absence is a worldwide epidemic changing the framework of society in a devastating way,” said CBS President Dr. Bill Blocker. “This crisis first affects the family and then the community. It is such a serious crisis affecting all areas of society that we must address it head-on.”

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Students credit CBS and Emerging Leaders with changing their mindset, their future, and their children’s future.

“I was living a reckless life. I had no hope. No one believed in me. I was the ‘Black Sheep’ of the family. I dropped out of high school. But it was at the lowest point of my life that God came, rescue me, pointed me toward CBS,” said Giancarlo Callejas, Emerging Leader Scholarship Recipient. “I wanted a role model. When I heard about this program, it was a blessing because they provide someone who can mentor you. The Emerging Leaders Program made me be the man that I am now. It helped me re-establish my relationship with my father and it taught me how to be a good father to my daughter.”

Dr. Maggie Rodriguez, executive director of student success, reminds everyone the degree is not just for people seeking to get into ministry.

CBS also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, which is equal to a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. This degree can help you in multiple professions.

Again, this program is FREE with NO STRINGS ATTACHED. The goal is to educate students and help them grow to be productive members of society.

“We’re the best kept secret and we’re trying to change that,” President Blocker said.

MORE BIG NEWS! The College of Biblical Studies has also launched a college basketball program. The Athletic Department proudly announced the appointment of Danny Evans as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach and Patricia Luckey as the Women’s Head Coach for their inaugural season in fall 2023. Bayou Beat News will have more on the basketball program in next month’s edition.

More information about Emerging Leaders and eligibility requirements can be found at

About the College of Biblical Studies

The College of Biblical Studies is located in Houston, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and online. The Houston campus is located in southwest Houston at 7000 Regency Square Blvd. Leveraging its academic rigor and biblical worldview training, CBS offers an accredited college education with several programs in the Spanish language. Students receive transformational education and training for service to families, ministries, businesses, and communities around the world. CBS has provided biblically based education to more than 26,000 students since 1976 and is ranked as one of the lowest tuitions in Texas.