A Hidden Treasure: Jefferson College at Pilot View in Winchester, KY

The above photo is of Jefferson College at Pilot View downloaded from a previous email.

You might ask, so what does a College in Winchester, Kentucky have anything to do with me when I don’t live near there?    My short answer is everything!

The picture below is a plaque on the wall when this educational facility first opened (1950) as a public elementary school.


Below is an artist’s rendition (in pencil) of the school.


One of the many courses that will be offered at Jefferson College teaches how to study the Bible.  Most have never been taught how to truly study Scripture.  The opportunity to take courses online will also be available.  A variety of other courses (e.g. vocational skills) could be offered as well.

To be specific, in the near future the College has some very exciting projects in store:

– A number of teaching topics have been identified and prioritized for filming as soon as the studio is complete. This includes a new weekly series with Ken Rank, aptly named, “One Rank Moment.”   (We saw the studio.  It is very close to completion.)

– A number of topics pertaining to procedure and methodology in study, developed by Frank Houtz, will become available for download

– An audio recording studio is on the horizon that will allow the musically inclined to record, but also give those affiliated with KCEC a place to do quality podcasts and even radio shows

My wife and I recently traveled to Jefferson College to volunteer (approx 310 mi. drive).   We helped to document books that were donated to the library.  The library is a treasure in and of itself!!  As I was documenting, I came across this book (pic below).


I could not believe I had this in my hands!  The book is about the Wilna Gaon (the “W” is pronounced like a “V”).   He was known as a child prodigy of the Torah and Talmud in a village called Wilna in Lithuania.   In fact, the word “gaon” means genius.  Later in life, he wrote about the gathering of all 12 Tribes to the Land of Israel.   The Wilna Gaon was also known as the Rabbi Eliyahu of Wilna.  He was truly ahead of his time!  I must say, I was tempted to sit down in one of the big comfy chairs and have a good read right then and there!  But, we were on a mission to get as many of these books documented so that others could organize them on the shelves.

Please consider volunteering at Jefferson College in any way you can.  The library is high priority at this time because the school wants to have a check-out process implemented as soon as possible.  If you cannot come and physically volunteer,  you might consider donating funds to help pay for electricity, gas, and mantainence expenses.  Any amount you can give, would be greatly appreciated.  The Kentucky Convenant Education Corporation is a tax deductible non-profit.  I have great respect for Frank Houtz and Ken Rank who are two of the leaders/teachers at the college.  Both are working hard to get the college fully operational so that it can be a blessing to the local and broader community.

Checks may be sent to:

Kentucky Covenant Education Corp.
7501 Ironworks Road
Winchester, Kentucky 40391

Or donations can be sent by Paypal to the following email address:

The last 2 pics are looking down opposite ends of the hall.  We were so involved in documenting books at the library that I forgot to take a picture of it.  Perhaps on the next trip there we’ll provide pictures of the library.  Better yet, maybe you can!

Blessings to all,

Tzefanyah ben Yochanon

Chazak Chazak v’nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!

1 comment on “A Hidden Treasure: Jefferson College at Pilot View in Winchester, KY

  1. Tommy Wilson

    Thanks for sharing! Would like to be able to go there to help and learn.

    Liked by 1 person

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