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About Florida Bible College

Florida Bible College was established in 1962 in the Coconut Grove section of Miami on the campus of Grove Community Church with a very clear, but unique, vision and mission. It was on the cutting edge of a movement focusing on a 2 Timothy 2:2 approach to fulfilling the Great Commission. Part of what made it unique was its willingness to think outside the box and to embrace unconventional methods that were controversial in the eyes of the more staid, traditional church of its day. It moved north to a new home in the former Hollywood Beach Hotel in 1971, where it grew to become the largest non-denominational Bible college in the world. In the 1980s it again relocated, this time to the Poinciana development near the central Florida town of Kissimmee, before finally moving back to south Florida before operations were suspended in the late 1990s.

The Trustees sought not to recreate the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. They adopted and executed a strategic plan to support their vision for a Biblically grace-oriented, culturally-relevant, mission-driven school. They have named the new President and have secured an anchor campus, and are pleased to announce that the first day of classes in the new era will be August 29, 2016.

Our Distinctives

GRACE

The true child of God is not under the Law but under grace; he is saved by grace and disciplined by grace.

CLARITY OF THE GOSPEL

Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift. Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it. Every true child of God possesses eternal life and is, therefore, safe and secure for all eternity, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, and sealed by the Holy Spirit; he cannot lose his salvation. Salvation is not the result of what we do, but is by receiving what God has done for us. Man can be certain of his salvation now, and his salvation cannot be lost because eternal life is eternal.

EVANGELISM

It is every Christian's privilege and duty to make clear God's plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be.

FAITHFULNESS

It is a tragedy that many Christians live shallow Christian lives. FBC is dedicated to the task of training Christian men and women in the importance of total dedication and making Jesus the Lord of their lives, not to be saved, but because they are saved.

Our Purpose

Florida Bible College continues to mature believers in Jesus Christ into fully-committed, biblically grace-oriented, knowledgeable, articulate, balanced, evangelistic disciples who are faithful, competent, and effective in serving as the hands and feet and voice of Jesus in the world ,and in His church.
 
Since its inception in 1962, Florida Bible College has been committed to offering comprehensive education in the Bible for those who know Jesus Christ as Savior and want to serve Him.
 
Our salvation begins with the grace of God through the clear and simple message of everlasting life by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is by this same grace that, as God's workmanship, we are being refined into His image as mature disciples (Ephesians 2:10).
 
We are called to live in the wonderful grace and liberty in Christ, for it is in this environment of freedom that we are designed to flourish.  The fruitful and victorious life of a mature disciple of Jesus Christ is not achieved or characterized by a strict adherence to a legalistic moral code or by the avoidance of a lengthy litany of prohibited behaviors. 
 
Regardless of how He gifts us, or in what capacity He chooses to use us, by His grace we can be diligent students of His Word, and faithful evangels to the world.  Florida Bible College can equip you to be an effective communicator who can share the faith in such a way that those you teach will be able to teach others. "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:1, 2)

Our Mission

The mission of Florida Bible College is to equip students for a life of lasting commitment to Jesus Christ, biblical faithfulness, moral integrity, intellectual development and lasting contribution to God's mission today.

Having first received everlasting life by faith alone in Christ alone ...

Commitment to Christ, is evidenced by:

  • Recognition of Jesus Christ as Lord
  • Wholehearted and genuine worship of God
  • Pursuit of Christ-likeness in thought, attitude, word, and action

Biblical Faithfulness, as evidenced by:

  • Devotion to the study and application of the Scriptures
  • Willingness and ability to proclaim, teach, and defend the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of the Scriptures
  • A life yielded to the Holy Spirit

Moral Integrity, as evidenced by:

  • The cultivation of holiness through God's grace and self-examination
  • Wise use of time, abilities and resources
  • A lifetime of wholesomeness and moderation that regards the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit
  • A lifestyle of honesty, decency and civility toward all persons
  • The practice of biblically confronting and restoring disobedient believers

Intellectual Development, as evidenced by:

  • The desire and ability for inquiry into the great issues of life
  • A habit of careful analysis and evaluation of information and ideas
  • A grasp of the full range of disciplines comprising biblical education, leading to:
    • an appreciation and respect for God's Word (historically, scientifically, exegetically, and applicably)
    • an understanding of diverse cultures and human behavior
    • an increasing command of spoken and written languages
    • a working knowledge of a biblical worldview of human history

A Life of Lasting Contribution to God's mission today, as evidenced by:

  • A correct, clear, courageous, compassionate, and consistent proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Developing disciple-makers
  • Supporting and building godly families
  • Service and leadership within the local church and world missions
  • A strong and biblically-motivated work ethic
  • An informed participation in our civic responsibilities
  • A commitment to life-long learning

Our Beliefs

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Florida Bible College Statement of Faith

  1. The Bible in its original documents is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content, and without error in its statements, and is sufficient for life and godliness.
     
  2. There is one God who eternally exists in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, coequal in power and glory, having precisely the same nature and attributes.
     
  3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth.  He was sinlessly perfect and gave Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice by shedding His blood and dying on the cross; He then rose from the dead.  This was to pay for all sins (past, present, and future) and everlasting life is given to all who believe in Him.
     
  4. God is absolutely sovereign and in His sovereignty gave man the ability to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided.  It is God's desire that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows, but does not predetermine any man to be condemned.  God permits man's destiny to depend upon man's choice. 
     
  5. Each member of the human race is born fallen, sinful, and lost. The moment a person believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior immediately the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, baptizes into the Body of Christ, and seals him until the day of redemption. 
     
  6. Man is saved by undeserved mercy through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation; it is a free gift.  Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well intended, before or after salvation, have no meritorious value.  Salvation is based on the death and resurrection of Christ and nothing can be added to it. 
     
  7. The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all believers.  By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into the one body of Christ.  Water baptism is not essential for salvation but is a testimony to the world.
     
  8. Every child of God possesses everlasting life and is, therefore, safe and secure for all eternity, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, and sealed by the Holy Spirit; he cannot lose his salvation.  However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony, and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement.  Relationship is forever, being established by the new birth; fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience.  
     
  9. A child of God has two births: one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a flesh nature and a Spirit nature.  The flesh is neither good nor righteous.  The Spiritual man does not commit any sin.  This results in warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death, or the return of the Lord.  The flesh of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man.  
     
  10. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost: of the saved unto everlasting life, and of the lost unto eternal conscious punishment.  These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years.
     
  11. We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

  12. Satan is an actual being, the author of sin, and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. 

  13. God can heal but physical healing is not in the atonement.  God heals miraculously today when it is His perfect will to do so.  Healing cannot be claimed through the guarantee of the atonement.  At times it is God's will for sickness not to be removed.  
     
  14. The sign gifts were a manifestation of the Holy Spirit's power solely for the demonstration of God's wisdom, purpose and power in the establishment of the early church. 

  15. The child of God is not under the Law but under Grace; he is saved by grace and disciplined by grace.
     
  16. The Greek word for repent is metanoeo, which, translated into English is: to change one's mind.

    Many teach repentance for salvation incorrectly, by including some form of human effort or righteousness, such as willingness to turn from sin, or turning from sin.  It adds works to salvation and causes many to not understand God's great gift.

  17. It is every Christian's privilege and duty to make clear God's plan of salvation wherever and in whatever vocation he or she may be. 

Florida Bible College Board of Trustees

Florida Bible College - Joe Alessi

Joe Alessi

Trustee

Round Rock, TX
Regional Vice President, Primerica

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Florida Bible College - Steve Bils

Steve Bils

Trustee

Portland, OR
Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast Read More

Florida Bible College - John Boehm

John Boehm

Trustee

Willoughby Hills, OH
Business Consultant, Agility, Inc.
 

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Florida Bible College - Dr. Mels Carbonell

Dr. Mels Carbonell

Trustee

Blue Ridge, GA
Founder and President, Uniquely You

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Florida Bible College - Daniel Coggins

Daniel Coggins

Trustee

Lutz, FL
Pastor, Northside Bible Church (North Tampa)
 

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Florida Bible College - Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy

Trustee

Tulsa, OK
Pastor, Calvary Bible Church

 

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Florida Bible College - Ed Williamson

Ed Williamson

Trustee

Hollywood, FL
Senior Trainer, QP3 Training Systems

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Florida Bible College Board of Advisors

Florida Bible College - Dr. Stan Ponz

Dr. Stan Ponz - President

Stan was founder and president of Texas Bible College, Adjunct Professor at Moody Bible Institute (Evangelism, Graduate Program), Word of Life Bible Institute (Evangelism and Youth Leadership), Schroon Lake, NY. He is adjunct professor at Singapore Bible College, and other Bible Colleges and seminaries in China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, and throughout Asia.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Carol, who led him to Jesus Christ when he was 16 years old. He has been a pastor for over 30 years serving in rural, suburban, and city churches in Hawaii and mainland USA. 

He served on faculty and as Dean of Men at Florida Bible College. After serving on the board of trustees and as chief spokesperson, he is now board of trustee emeritus and current President of Florida Bible College. He is the founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries where he is the Bible teacher on the radio program Make It Clear.  He continues to speak at numerous Bible Conferences around the world.  He has written numerous study manuals on theology, books of the Bible, as well as pamphlets on evangelism and discipleship, including some evangelism-training materials for Promise Keepers.  

Dr. Ponz has also participated on speaking and writing teams for the Men’s Ministry Workbook used by Promise Keepers that equipped pastors and church leaders to reach men to become more effectively involved in men’s ministries.  Dr. Ponz has also assisted in the editing of editions of the Uniquely You Profiles and Facilitator Manuals.  It is said, there is a combination of genuine passion and proven substance when Dr. Ponz presents God’s Word correctly and clearly to help people come to faith in Jesus Christ alone and then to go on to become fully obedient worshippers of God.


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Florida Bible College - John Boehm

John Boehm - Vice President of Operations

John studied Christian education at Pensacola Christian College and Bible and theology at Florida Bible College. He owned a computer consulting firm for 18 years, has been a network and computer consultant for 36 years and a web designer / programmer 17 years.  He continues as chief information officer and board of trustee member of Florida Bible College.


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Florida Bible College - Dr. David McCann

Dr. David McCann - Registrar

David graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Bible College and was Salutatorian of his class. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor in New England for 24 years. He also served on the Ministerial Board of the New England District Association of the Evangelical Free Church of America and has completed training from T-Net International in helping churches become more intentional about disciple-making. Dr. McCann serves as Adjunct Instructor in Bible Exposition and Theology.


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Florida Bible College - Dr. Mark Crenshaw

Dr. Mark Crenshaw - Director of Online Education

Mark has received numerous honors, trainings, affiliations, and certifications in the areas of education, supervision / administration and robotics; three of which are ITEEA CSL – ITEEA Program of Excellence Award Winner for the State of Georgia (2010), ITEEA Teacher of Excellence Award Winner for the State of Georgia (2012), and Outstanding State Supervisor/Leader of the Year Award (2014). He is a former Naval Air crewman and Rescue Swimmer in the SH-3H Helicopter, 2500+ flight hours; Navy Master Training Specialist, Instructor, and Training School Administrator.  He is experienced in athletic administration, educational technology and administration, post-secondary, secondary, middle school and military instruction, curriculum development with over 25 years of outstanding accomplishments with a proven ability to motivate and work effectively with administrative staff, faculty, students, and the community. He currently serves on the Acting Academic Advisory Team and chairs the Curriculum Team of Florida Bible College.


Florida Bible College - Jill Snyder

Jill Snyder - Administrative Assistance


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