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Our excitement is high as we prepare for the first graduation of the new beginning of Florida Bible College.  It will be held on the Memorial Day Weekend. You have been a major contributor to this historic event!

The graduation weekend events are as follows:

Florida Bible College Commencement
Saturday, May 27, 7pm
Mike Sullivan, Commencement Speaker

Florida Bible College Worship Service
Sunday, May 28, 10:30am
Dr. Stan Ponz, “Facing the Future - Where to Look

How encouraging it would be for you, the graduates, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others if you would make your presence at any these events. What a joy it will be to have you with us for Florida Bible College’s 2017 Commencement Service!

Together for the clarity of the gospel in glorifying Jesus Christ,

Dr. Stan Ponz

Florida Bible College will be having it's SUPER SATURDAY student orientation on January 14 2017.  This is a fun and exciting time for all new, current and prospective students.  Activities will begin at 8:30 am.  Please join us at Florida Bible College 2200 Pembrook Drive - Orlando, Florida 32810.

For further information contact us at TellMeMore@FlordiaBibleCollege or call us at 407-412-9322.

Florida Bible College Opening Convocation

Florida Bible College Opening Convocation Invitation The formal Reopening of Florida Bible College will coincide with the 2016 Biennial Reunion of the FBC Alumni Association on campus this fall. Classes will resume on Monday, August 29, and the Opening Convocation will be celebrated on Thursday evening, September 1, at 7:00 p.m.

The Fall Convocation serves as the formal consecration of the new school year with the overarching theme for the academic year being announced, and with students, faculty, administration, and trustees publically renewing their commitment to the FBC Community Covenant. This year’s Opening Convocation will carry the added dimensions of the Installation of the new President, the Dedication of the new Campus, the Investiture of the Board of Trustees, and the Passing of the Torch by the Alumni.

If you are an FBC alumnus and are planning to participate in this historic evening, you are encouraged to RSVP to john@floridabiblecollege.com in order that you might receive updates concerning your role in the program.

Alumni attending the Reunion (September 2-5) are encouraged to arrange their travel plans accordingly.

Where in the World is Dr. Ponz?

Where in the World is Dr. Ponz?

Stan and Carol have just concluded the sale of their home in Honolulu and the purchase of their new home in the Orlando area.  In spite of the busyness that occurs in a move of this magnitude, Dr. Ponz will continue to represent Florida Bible College through speaking engagements.  We will be providing periodic updates so you can be praying for him and the college.  You are especially invited to visit Stan and Carol when they are in your neighborhood!

April 29-30 Near Grand Rapids, Michigan
IFCA Regional Youth Retreat “Leading From the Inside Out

Friday April 29th at 5:00 p.m.
Byron Center Bible Church
8855 Byron Center Ave. SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Saturday April 30th at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Jenison Bible Church
6360 14th Ave.
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Sunday Morning Worship Service May 1st at 9:30 a.m.
Watch live at http://live.byronbible.org
Byron Center Bible Church
8855 Byron Center Ave. SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Sunday Evening Worship Service May 1st at 5:30 p.m.
Jenison Bible Church
6360 14th Ave.
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Leadership Breakfast Monday May 2nd

Florida Bible College Registrar

Florida Bible College is pleased to welcome Dr. David McCann as its new Registrar and Adjunct Instructor.  David graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Bible and Theology from Florida Bible College and was Salutatorian of his class. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Literature and Exegesis and a D.Min. in Pastoral Leadership from Columbia International University.

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 and received leadership training in intentional discipleship strategies from T-Net International.

He will serve as Registrar and Adjunct Instructor in Bible Exposition and Theology at Florida Bible College.  David and his wife, Jana, have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Stan Ponz Speaker at Maranatha Bible Church

Dr. Stan Ponz, President of Florida Bible College will be the Keynote Speaker at the Maranatha Bible Church "Until the Nets are Full" Missions Conference 2016 on Sunday March 6th. You can get additional information about the conference by contacting Maranatha Bible Church at info@maranathabible.com or via phone at 561.582.9010

Please join Dr. Ponz at this event if you are able.

A Letter from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends of Florida Bible College!

We are excited to announce the new beginning of Florida Bible College with its first classes to start August 29, 2016. The sovereign hand of God has been upon our institution in a wonderful way over the past three years of praying, planning, and preparing for the opening of the school. Under His direction and confident of His provision, we embark upon an exciting new era.

Our commitment is to prepare men and women to take the gospel clearly and the Word of God correctly into every person’s world. They will learn what it is to love Jesus Christ completely and to love others compassionately.

You will be pleased to know Florida Bible College is built on the foundations of a passion for Jesus Christ and His glory, sound doctrine, local and global mission, and an attitude of grace. Students will be able to earn a One-Year Certificate, a Two-Year Associates Degree, and a Bachelors in Biblical Studies Degree. Students may also choose from seven minors for specialized ministry concentration!

May I invite you to visit the brand-new Florida Bible College website at
www.floridabiblecollege.com where you will discover what the Lord is doing through FBC to prepare the next generation of champions for Jesus Christ!

For the glory of God alone!

Stan Ponz
Florida Bible College

The Board of Trustees of Florida Bible College has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring to fruition the dream that many of you have shared with us for the better part of two decades  a new beginning for Florida Bible College.  We are grateful to the many faithful partners who have supported us and our efforts prayerfully and financially.

On behalf of the Board it is my distinct privilege to make two significant announcements today. 

  • Dr. Stanley R. Ponz (FBC 72) has accepted the call to serve as the next President of Florida Bible College and will take office on December 8, 2015.  Dr. Ponz is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of International Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Stan is no stranger to the FBC family of faculty, students, and alumni, having previously served on the faculty and as the Dean of Men.  As a student, he served as an officer in student government and participated in outreach events and in youth ministry development.

Dr. Ponz is the founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries (an international teaching, speaking, and resource ministry) that began in 1973.  A pastor since 1983, he has served congregations in south Texas, rural upstate New York, southern California, and now Hawaii. In addition to his faculty appointment at FBC, Stan has taught at Texas Bible College, Word of Life Bible Institute, and Moody Bible Institute.  You may view his complete vita on the Florida Bible College website.

  • The first Florida Bible College classes since 1996 will convene on August 29, 2016 on the beautiful campus of our Orlando partner, Circle Community Church.  This will follow a week of orientation for new students and will immediately precede the 2016 Reunion of the FBC Alumni Association the following Labor Day weekend. 

Our Academic Committee has completed its work in writing our complete four-year curriculum.  Certificate and Degree plans and complete course descriptions are available online at www.floridabiblecollege.com.  The website also contains links to application materials and provides for donating and applying online.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ponz to his new role.  Pray specifically for Stan and Carol as they make the move from Hawaii to the Orlando area.  He is anxious to hear from you and can be reached via email at sponz@floridabiblecollege.com or by phone at (808) 220-8423.

Gratefully His,

Joe Alessi, Chairman
FBC Board of Trustees

Florida Bible College recently received formal notification from the IRS of the approval of their application to be classified as a 501(c)(3) corporation. While FBC had been able to receive tax-deductible contributions all along through it...s ministry partner, Maranatha Ministries, the IRS determination has made it possible for supporters to send such contributions directly to Florida Bible College. Churches and individuals who wish to support FBC have the option of mailing them directly to: Florida Bible College 35890 Maplegrove Road Willoughby Hills, OH 44094 or by using the Donate link on the www.FloridaBibleCollege.com web site. Many find the convenience of setting up recurring contributions an effective way to have their generosity expressed consistently without the hassle of mailing a paper check each month.

The academic team met on September 2nd 2014 to discuss the academic make up of Florida Bible College. From this meeting will come the foundation of the academic program for Florida Bible College. Members continue to meet via video conference on a weekly basis to construct the Florida Bible College Curriculum.

The Florida Bible College Board of Trustees has appointed the Rev. Dr. Stan Ponz as its chief spokesman. Dr. Ponz has previously served on the faculty and as the Dean of Men of FBC, and currently ministers as the Senior Pastor of International Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. His blog UpLook will appear on the FBC web site as the official source of information and perspective.

You can view the UpLook Blog at http://blog.FloridaBibleCollege.com

Florida Bible College to reopen in Orlando
ORLANDO, FL - After several months of mutual discernment and prayer, the Board of Trustees of Florida Bible College and the Board of Elders of Circle Community Church in Orlando have entered into a covenant partnership that will allow the college to utilize the church facilities as its anchor campus.

FBC alumnus and CCC Pastor, Rev. Ron Hoffmann, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the conversation, and looks forward to the impact the partnership will have on his congregation, the surrounding community, and the world, "Along with the other Circle Elders we are thrilled to welcome the official restart of Florida Bible College at our facility here in Orlando. For twenty-one years here I have been proclaiming the free grace of God in our Lord Jesus Christ and I am truly excited to be a vital part of teaching in my alma mater where I first learned of God's grace."

Florida Bible College is coming full circle and returning to its roots, having been established in 1962 in the facilities of another church, Grove Community Church, in Miami. After having temporarily ceasing operations in 1996, Florida Bible College will resume its purpose of "maturing 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."

The trustees have set a goal of quickly raising the $250,000 needed to move the college along to the place where it can open its doors to students. Alumni and others interested in investing in the ministry of the college can make contributions at the college website. Pastor Hoffmann exhorts, "We ask that you please pray for our good God to be exalted; for our donors who will give from the joy of His indescribable love; for our students who will learn to love our gracious Lord and His Word of Truth; and for our faculty and staff who love the God of the Word as well as the Word of God."

To allow graduates to see firsthand the new home of their alma mater, the 2014 Florida Bible College Alumni Association Reunion set for the Labor Day weekend will be held at the new campus.

The groundwork for the formal restart of Florida Bible College is well underway. Not nearly as dramatic or exciting as some of the significant revelations that will be made in the weeks to come, such as the announcement of the location of the anchor campus, or the introduction of the President and key staff appointments, such foundational work is nevertheless essential to the stability and effectiveness of the school and its enduring ministry.

Several key policy decisions were finalized at the three-day meeting of the Board of Trustees during the first week of July which have been released and publicized on the FloridaBibleCollege.com web site. What is not so widely known is the faithful succession of almost weekly Trustee conference calls in the months preceding and following that face-to-face meeting. It is in these 1½- to 2½-hour meetings that the heart and passion that our Trustees have for this project is helping the rebirth of our alma mater to take shape.

Following one such meeting, the trustees were asked to share why they were so passionate about the restart of Florida Bible College. Why were they willing to commit of their time and financial resources to ensure the success of this venture? Board Chair, Joe Alessi, succinctly voiced this sentiment shared by his board colleagues, "FBC was very instrumental in changing my life path so I am very excited to be a part of the restart so we can bring that same experience to the next generation".

Similarly, John Boehm reminisced, "My time at FBC was one of great enlightenment of what it meant to give a clear Gospel message, to have a zeal for presenting that clear Gospel to the world. One of the lights for the Gospel went out when FBC closed in 1996. The youth of today desperately need that light. I have long envisioned a re-lighting of the FBC torch to re-ignite the spirit of FBC to reach the next generation with the clear Gospel of Christ, the generation of my children and my grandchildren".

Echoing and expanding on this theme was Ed Williamson, who, quoting the Spokesmen, explained, "This world is in a state of confusion, people not knowing where to turn. In these days, I am convinced that the answer to the problems of the world are very simple... the faithful, clear and bold presentation of the Gospel of Christ to a lost and blinded world. I am passionate about the restart of The Florida Bible College. Our mission is to teach and disciple believers to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Christ. By maturing and preparing laborers for the work of the ministry, we can make a difference".

Stan Ponz made it clear that "If we confess that Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord then we will love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind while loving others as ourselves. And if we love others, then we will want them to come to put their faith alone in Jesus Christ and to go on to become fully obedient worshippers of God. Florida Bible College gives us the means to equip people with a biblical world-view for ministry to do this correctly, clearly, compassionately, courageously, and consistently... locally and globally!"

FBC Alumni Association founder Mels Carbonell summarized well, "I wholeheartedly recommend the restart and ministry of Florida Bible College. We need more ministries that will teach and share the gospel clearly. I sincerely encourage everyone to support this ministry for the glory of God and furtherance of the gospel. I am honored and humbled to serve as a leader, and look forward to what God is going to do through this ministry".

Please continue to pray for the Trustees as they guide the restart of Florida Bible College. Their faithful behind-the-scenes service in cultivating, planting, and watering will result in strong roots and vigorous growth, ultimately yielding a fruitful and sustained ministry for successive generations.

After meeting biweekly in telephone conference for several months, the Board of Trustees of Florida Bible College met for their first face-to-face meeting this week in Orlando. The nine participants came together from eight different states to work through a lengthy three day agenda in preparation for the school's opening in the autumn of 2014. In the next few weeks, major announcements will be made concerning leadership and location on the college's web site (www.FloridaBibleCollege.com).

One of the products of their work was the adoption of the formal Purpose Statement published below.

The Purpose of Florida Bible College

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 who 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 (Ephesian 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)

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 radical 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 where it offered its final classes in the late 1990s.

The restart of FBC has been the dream of many of its alumni for quite some time. For some, recreating the FBC they knew and loved in Miami or Hollywood or Kissimmee is what they envision. For others, the establishment of a culturally-relevant, mission-driven school that will not outwardly look like any of its previous iterations is what they see. For all, the wait has been difficult; but finally, their dream is becoming a reality.

Late last week the inaugural Board of Trustees for the official restart of Florida Bible College was seated, and last night they met for the first time to begin the process of reopening the college in the fall of 2014. The Trustees, together with the Board of Counselors, are not seeking to recreate the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. They have mapped out an aggressive strategic plan to design a governance and structure that will support their vision for that Biblically grace-oriented, culturally-relevant, mission-driven school, execute a presidential search, secure an anchor campus, and locate possible satellite campuses as soon as possible.

I have been praying for a revival of the zeal and enthusiasm for reaching the lost which was the driving force at Florida Bible College that reached me with the Gospel. I am so excited that that day has arrived, said Trustee Ed Williamson. The Lord is raising up laborers for the harvest. My goal and prayer is that we will be a Light in these days proclaiming the Gospel of the Grace of God, without fear, with boldness, unashamedly because the Gospel is the Power of God unto Salvation.

Please pray for those who have assumed the leadership in this vital work: Joe Alessi, Steve Bils, John Boehm, Sandy Bohon, Birbal Boodram, Mels Carbonell, Daniel Coggins, Stephen Lewis, Wally Morillo, Bill Murphy, Mary Murphy, Stan Ponz, and Ed Williamson. For more information on these individuals and on the progress of their efforts, check the college website regularly at www.floridabiblecollege.com.

The Florida Bible College Trustee Selection Committee met over this past weekend and has settled on the criteria for the composition of the inaugural Board of Trustees for the new Florida Bible College, Inc. We have identified and contacted specific individuals with requests for information and have asked them to prayerfully reply as soon as possible. If you have an interest in serving in this capacity, please contact trusteesearch@floridabiblecollege.com

We have created an aggressive timeline for the restart of the college and will be sharing relevant information as developments progress. Please monitor the new Florida Bible College website at FloridaBibleCollege.com.

The Florida Bible College Alumni Association website has been migrating to its new URL at FBCAA.com.

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