Tampa ABI is the successor of the New Life Tabernacle MIT (Minister In Training) Program founded by Pastor Daniel M. Davy approximately thirteen years ago. Pastor Davy prepared a curriculum to cover every aspect of Ministry preparation including Doctrinal Foundation, Leadership, Personal Development and Church Growth. Initially the program took approximately six years to complete, while class materials were prepared by Pastor Davy and staff.

Pastor David Cantillo, the current Institute Director, joined the faculty in 2015, contributing his experience of more than fifteen years in Higher Education as a teacher and administrator. He has helped expand and restructure Tampa ABI to follow a college format, with classes that continue to improve through curriculum review and faculty development. David Cantillo is the pastor of Tampa Para Cristo, a Spanish-language church in Tampa with several daughter churches in the area. He also directs Instituto Apostolico, a Spanish Bible Institute based out of Tampa.

Associate Pastor Dionne Kerr has been associated with the Institute for thirteen years, being one of the first graduates and its first Director. She continues to serve as the Dean of Students, while devoting time to pastoring Abundant Life Church in Tampa and serving New Life Tabernacle as Director of Educational programs.

Tampa ABI benefits from a close association with New Life Tabernacle church, meeting at the beautiful New Life campus in Tampa, and using as teachers various ministers and pastors from associated churches. Plans of growth for the Institute include offering online classes and obtaining organizational endorsement from the UPCI.