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Background - Clifton L. Fowler Library

Clifton LeFevre Fowler was born at Kirksville, Missouri, on August 7, 1882, of Scotch ancestry. His father died when he was four years old. His mother remarried and sent Fowler at the age of 10 to live with a grandmother in St. Louis, MO. At age eleven he went to work in a bank, continuing his schooling by attending evening classes. By the time he was fifteen he was supporting, at least partially his mother—now widowed the second time—and a younger half sister. At the age of fifteen he had decided to be an actor in the theater and for three years studied in the night classes of Perry School of Oratory and Dramatic Art.”

At the age of eighteen he had a conversion experience. The event that led to Fowler’s decision was an invitation extended him by a young man of his own age to attend a Bible class at the Y.M.C.A. He joined the Methodist Church, but his chief interest was the Y.M.C.A. where he was employed as a personal counselor. He was noted for being zealous in witnessing.

For health and personal reasons, Fowler found himself in Denver. While there, Fowler was successfully engaged in the restaurant business; and it is believed that his mother and sister lived with him at this time. It was in Denver that Fowler also rededicated his life to the Lord and began preaching in a Methodist mission church in Denver.

Fowler continued with the Methodist church for a time, preaching at the mission church and attending Trinity Methodist. As a result of C. I. Schofield’s teachings and the influence of friends, however, he found himself holding to beliefs that ran contrary to those of Methodist Church teaching and, as a result, withdrew from his congregation and the Methodist denomination. The young preacher sought counsel from Reverend Joshua Gravett, pastor of Galilee Baptist Church, Denver, and was warmly received. He found that his own beliefs concerning Christ’s second coming and the [unending] security of all Christians in their salvation were the same as that of the Baptist minister. In time, he embraced the Baptist belief concerning the rite of baptism as being by immersion and only for mature believers, not infants. Consequently, he was baptized and received into the Baptist church membership by Pastor Gravett. One day while kneeling in prayer at the pastor’s home, there came to Fowler the idea of establishing a school where the Bible could be taught just as it was written, a dream which came to fulfillment ten years later.

During a two-year stint in pastoral ministry in Palisade, CO, Fowler was ordained to the Gospel ministry by a council of Baptist churches. Following this a way was made for Fowler to continue his education. He went to Liberty, Missouri, in the fall of 1906 to prepare for entering William Jewell College, a Baptist institution. After completing his high school studies in the Academy there, Fowler matriculated in the college. His talent as a teacher was evident so that in his sophomore year he was appointed “student professor of English,” a position he held in the Academy for five years. Here in Liberty he would supply the pulpits of two small churches, went to other communities to conduct evangelistic meetings, and first began teaching informally Bible classes for William Jewell students.

Rev. Fowler’s ambition to put into writing his teachings led him to a publication ministry in 1910. He began publishing Grace and Truth, a monthly magazine that was similar in form and purpose to the periodical of the same name he later edited and printed in Denver.

He did not forget his earlier desire to establish a Bible Institute in Denver. This desire was in actuality a conviction that he was called of God to establish a school for teaching the Bible to whatever young people might wish to learn. Denver was one location where there were no Bible Institutes, and it seemed to him a good place to start one. The Fowlers moved to Denver in 1914. Fowler, an ordained Baptist minister, was thirty-two years old when he launched Denver Bible Institute. He was at DBI in one capacity or another, whether Dean or President, from 1914 to 1937.




CCU Library Mission Statement

The Clifton L. Fowler Library participates in the mission of Colorado Christian University by providing library services, resources, instruction, access, and support for the academic programs of the university community.

June 2007, Library Faculty


Mission Statement - CCU

Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world.

Christ-centered community

Our community of interdependent students, faculty, and staff seeks to honor and obey Jesus Christ, who is present in Spirit and speaks in Scripture, and to advance God's purposes in the lives of every member.


Our undergraduate and graduate curriculum integrates faith and learning in a scholarly environment that fosters critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence.

Spiritual formation

Our academic and student development programs cultivate a deep and enduring faith that affirms the authority of Scripture and embraces Christ as the authentic center of life.

Engagement with the world

Our students experience and engage the world in ways that prepare leaders to serve and transform their professions, churches, and communities.


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Clifton Fowler Library

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8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

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