In 1940, Bishop Karl F. Smith and LaBaugh H. Stansbury , established a Pentecostal Bible Training Center. It was given the name “Aenon” meaning “springs”, alluding to the waters of educational and spiritual refreshing that would spring from its midst. The heritage and conception of AST is rooted and grounded in the legacy of Aenon Bible College, West Coast, a branch of Aenon Bible College, Inc. Dr. Howard Swancy founder of AST formerly served as President of the west coast branch and is a graduate of Aenon Bible College, Inc. headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Through the foresight of the late Bishop Frank R. Bowdan Aenon Los Angeles was officially established as a “quasi’ extension under the Board Chairmanship of Bishop Francis Smith In 1972. In 1973 Dr. Norma Sylvester Jackson became Dean of the West Coast branch where she served for 32 yrs in various capacities. Aenon West Coast became a formidable, highly recognized college under her direction and was known for dynamic, bible teachers.
Upon her death in 2005, the college underwent a transition. After several months of Negotiations with the Aenon Indianapolis office, Dr. Swancy decided to establish and implement a school so that bible students could continue their education. Being a proponent of education and in honor of his rich heritage, he vowed that there would always be an “Aenon” on the West Coast, In September, 2007 he pursued the vision, consummating the vow and the Aenon School of Theology and Bible College opened its doors.