About OBI

For over one hundred years, the purpose of Oneida Baptist Institute has been to provide young people with a high quality Christian education. What began as a ministry to mountain children grew into an outreach to young people from around the world. Located in a small rural village in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, Oneida is a school that has adapted to meet the needs of a changing society while remaining true to its Christian vision and purpose. OBI provides a safe, structured environment where students can learn life lessons of responsibility and self-discipline. (To view/print general information about OBI formatted as a two page document, click here: General Information.)



Student Stats

Oneida accepts students in grades 6-12. On average...

•  OBI's enrollment is approximately 275-300 students.

•  50% of our students are from the state of Kentucky, 30% from other states, and 20% from other

•  We normally have about 85 middle school students and 200 high school students.

•  Our average class size is 11 students.

•  The ratio of male/female students is about 50% male, 50% female.

•  The average number of students in a graduating class is 52. In the 2014 class, 48 graduates
   earned advanced diplomas. Approximately 60% of OBI graduates continue their education after graduating from Oneida.

To accomplish our mission, we minister to our students in four major areas: academics, work, co-curriculars (athletics, clubs and organizations) and worship. See Campus Life for details about the different facets of our program.

Every school deals with the mind of young people, but few, like Oneida, minister to the soul as well. While we respect the backgrounds and beliefs of all of our students, we steadfastly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in daily required chapel services. We provide additional fellowship and discipleship opportunities for young Christians or seekers in our Campus Ministry program.


OBI is a faith ministry, and we do our best to make the most of every dollar. The largest portion of our funding comes primarily from churches and individuals.

The fees charged to students from the United States are based on family income and virtually every Oneida student receives some sort of tuition reduction. No American student is ever turned away from OBI because of a legitimate inability to pay.

Oneida is also blessed to have donations of goods and services. Hundreds of volunteers visit every year and donate their labor for campus maintenance and projects.









Sorting clothing and other donated items at the Friendship House             This volunteer is preparing the  is ongoing job for volunteers at OBI!                                                               paint he needs for a project.

Volunteers work on a variety of special projects.

This volunteer group tackled a construction project and helped turn some storage space into office space.

Special skills and work experience are not required but are always a plus!

Our volunteers come from all over Kentucky and many different states, like the Alabama Campers on Mission (above)...

...and our friends from two Baptist Associations in Illinois!

Mission Statement

The mission of Oneida Baptist Institute is to provide a Christian living, learning and working environment in which each of its students, Christian or non-Christian, is diligently challenged to grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually in order to acquire an Education for Time and Eternity.

Doctrinal Statement

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man; in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and, thereby, incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus died for the sins of each person. All who believe in Him receive eternal salvation.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will personally return in power and glory and set up His Kingdom, wherein, He will rule and reign in righteousness.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and, thereby, become children of God and are eternally secure in Him.

We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the blessedness of the saved, and the retribution of the lost.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by indwelling the Christian enabling him to live a more Godly life.

We believe the Bible to be inspired by God according to II Timothy 3:16. It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life.