Patriot Bible University is an external studies mission of Hilltop Baptist Church. The administrative staff for the Patriot Bible University ministry consists of Dr. Lonnie Skinner, President and Dr. Toni W. Skinner, Registrar.


It is often said that one can measure the credibility of a school by its faculty. It is recommended that a prospective student make inquiry into the school’s faculty and their qualifications. We agree, this is very good advice, IF you are planning to attend a traditional college.

However, Patriot’s courses are self-directed correspondence studies and as such do not employ professors. Patriot is curriculum-based learning rather than professor-based classroom teaching. Our courses are assembled by and under the direction of Dr. Lonnie Skinner of Patriot Bible University.

Course teachers

While they aren’t literally on our staff, our students benefit from the teachings of the following Christian leaders, past and present:

Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah, Theodore Epp, J. Vernon McGee, R.A.Torrey, Warren Wiersbe, Philip Keller, W.A. Criswell, John R. Rice, Vance Havner, Keith Brooks, Roy B. Zuck, Howard Hendricks, Henry Morris, Larry Burkett, Curtis Hutson, Oswald Sanders, Jay Adams, F.B.Meyer, Adrian Rogers, Andrew Murray, Oliver B. Greene, Charles H. Spurgeon, Tom Malone, John MacArthur, Raymond Barber, Paul Chappall, Billy Graham, and others.

Our primary teacher is the Holy Spirit

The Bible informs us that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher and that He dwells within the born-again Believer. This is why we require a profession of faith by all Patriot Bible University students.

The Bible teaches us that the ‘natural’ man will not understand the Truth of the Bible and will even scoff at it. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Course Competence

Every course requires the use of the best book of all – the Bible (KJV). No other textbook or reference book approaches the depth and richness of the Bible.

The Bible was written by 40 men over a span of 1500 years as prompted by the Holy Spirit. The author is God – eminently qualified. The teachings of Jesus are prominently featured. The words of the Bible are Spirit and truth.

Much of the student’s learning requires research and reading of the Bible. The resource books used by Patriot students are authored by notable Christian scholars and preachers (see above). These resources are squarely based on the Bible – not human reasoning.

Our Remote Classrooms

Correspondence courses allow the student to study anywhere. Coursework combined with weekly church attendance and daily Bible study culminates in a complete ministry-equipping education for the Christian worker. Study time is self-directed and self-paced.