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Online Program Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Portland Bible College is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of our online degree program! 

In 2010, with the approval of the Eldership of Mannahouse, PBC piloted a few courses with the ambitious goal of replicating decades of in-person classroom impartation through an online environment. Since then, the Online Program has grown to a six-member team hosting more than 50 courses in three different languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese). Today, a student can complete their entire Bachelor of Theology degree online from anywhere in the world.  

Since 1967, Portland Bible College was founded in the hopes of training leaders in God’s word for the local church all around the world. God’s faithfulness and favor on the online program has contributed to it being a strategic piece for PBC to fulfill this mandate. Today, our online family includes over 1800 students, representing 25 different countries such as Japan, Brazil, Uganda, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and so many more. 

Dean Ken Malmin says, “Over 10 years, we’ve proven that the online program can match the live experience in quality of education, can successfully impart the heart and values of our school, and most importantly produce the fruit that we desire to see in our graduates.” 

The online program has allowed PBC to train people where they are at right now – in all kinds of jobs, seasons and walks of life. Our students vary from Lead pastors, stay-at-home parents, those in support ministries, high school graduates and those simply desiring to deepen their understanding of God and His Word.  Many of our students have shared their excitement over the accessibility to PBC impartation and content as well as the flexibility of our program. 

In the case of recent graduate, Josh McCann, PBC Online allowed him to fulfill a personal core value, “the desire to be a life-long learner.” As a lead pastor and father of four, “busy” would be an understatement. Josh stated, “The beauty about PBC’s Online Program is the flexibility. There were times where I had to take one of my sons to his football practices, and I would sit in the back of our Suburban with the back hatch up, watching his practice for a few minutes and then doing homework for a few minutes.”

For Donna Jameson, who attended PBC in the 80’s, the online program allowed her to complete her bachelor’s degree in theology while raising her family and serving in ministry.  Donna commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed learning through the online program. While getting my BTh was the end goal, what I gained along the way was so much more valuable – a deeper hunger to know God and His Word. You are never too old to learn and study the Bible.”

In commemorating this 10 year mark, we look back and celebrate all those who dared to dream to further the reach of God’s kingdom and who worked hard to lay the foundation for this program’s success. We honor the faculty who developed time-tested and relevant curriculum and poured their heart and time into caring for and investing into our online student body. We celebrate each and every single online student who has prioritized and fought hard to create space for God to equip them and speak to them; investing time and money into the future God has for them. Most of all, we remember God’s goodness and faithfulness in blessing the small seed we sowed in faith ten years ago. 

Special thanks go to our past and current team members over the last 10 years:

Jeneisha Anderson, Rachel Arnold , Carlos Campa, P. Samuel de Sousa, Eugene Greco, P. Alessander Guimaraes, Letícia Henriques, P. Justin Jaquith, Steve Jimenez, Ashish Joy, Daniel Lont, P. David Lont, Bryana (Lopez) Pytaris, Marina Martins, Leandro Martins da Silva, Hana Ng, Marcos Quiñonez, Rashmi Shrestha, P. Lucas de Sousa, P. Ramon de Suze, P. Miriam Trolese, Natalie Wilcox and many others who volunteered their time and expertise to make this possible.

We also honor Sarah Nashif-Tan; her steadfast and faithful leadership has built the program from its inception to what it is today.

Happy 10th year anniversary PBC Online! Here’s to the next decade! 

Graduate Profile: Josh McCann

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Pictured: Pastor Josh McCann with his wife and children.
Below, Josh shares his story of how he succeeded as a online student, all while being a father and working full-time as a pastor in a local church.

The first time that I had taken a class at PBC was 2011. However, when I started then, getting a degree was not on my mind. I only took a class because of a personal core value I have – “I desire to be a life-long learner.” So because of that mindset I only took a class here or there.

I am not sure exactly how many years I have been attending because I didn’t always take a class since 2011. I took a few years off between 2011 and probably around 2015. However, it wasn’t until I was looking at the classes that were required for the Church Leadership degree program, and I realized that I would love to take all of those classes that I decided to go ahead and get that degree. I finished that up in 2017 or 2018; but that was only after I really decided to get serious and start taking almost a full credit load each semester; even taking some summer classes to knock out requirements. Once I finished that degree, I decided to finish up my BA in Theology.

I am a part of Columbia Heights Assembly of God and when I first started taking classes to just grow I was the youth pastor at the church. I was on staff full-time, while being a husband and a father as well. Once I started getting serious about finishing up the Church Leadership Degree I was the associate pastor at the church, and now, I am the lead pastor.

I will be married for 18 years in just a few weeks and we have 4 incredible kids, 15, 13, 10, 8. The elder’s at our church have been a huge support for me, allowing me the grace and latitude to study and take classes to further my education all while being on staff full-time. 

When I decided to get serious about finishing out a few degrees, I had to really be intentional with my time. The beauty about PBC’s Online Program is the flexibility with doing the classes. There were times where I had to take one of my sons to his football practices and I would sit in the back of our Suburban with the back hatch up watching his practice for a few minutes and then doing homework for a few minutes. I did that several times so that I didn’t miss out on my son’s practice, nor get behind on homework.

I remember when my younger son played football for the first year, I would get done with the office take my oldest son to his practice; take him home eat dinner real fast and then take my youngest son to his practice until about 7:30-8:00pm at night. I would sit in the car and do homework at both places making sure I had a view to see them practice. If it was nice I would sit on the sidelines as well. My younger son had all of his games on Saturday’s and had to be there about 2 hours early. Other games would be going on before his game but parents couldn’t leave, so I would bring my laptop and whatever homework I had and do it in the stands up and till his game started. I remember some of the other parents just giving me looks because I wouldn’t pay attention to the other games, I am sure they thought I was a dad that just couldn’t put work down for even a short time to watch their kid play. They just didn’t know that my kid wasn’t even on the field yet to play his game. 

There were several times I had to say no to some things in order to make sure that I didn’t get behind or even get what I would say is a bad grade. My wife over the last several years would say, “Oh, look kids daddy got another bad grade an ‘A-‘.” My kids loved teasing me that I was still in school at my age.

Graduate Profile: Donna Jameson

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Photo by Federico X. Photography

Below, Donna shares her journey of coming to PBC, and how her life has changed since.

I became a student in the Spring semester of 1981. My father, who is now in heaven, was a professor at PBC when Ken and Glenda Malmin, Lanny Hubbard and Frank Damazio were students so that is how I first came in contact with PBC. Years later I was with my parents attending a conference at Bible Temple (at the time) and was drawn in by the worship. I had never experienced anything quite like it before. After the service I met with one of my Dad’s former students, Barbara Scott, who was a professor at PBC at the time. I signed up that day to be a student. I attended PBC for 2.5 years before receiving my associates.

I originally started in the music program and then switched to theology. I met Robert who was a year ahead of me and we got married. He had one year to finish his Bachelor’s so I worked full time so he could finish. We settled into married life and started having kids and it never seemed like a good time to finish. Of course, there was no PBC online program yet. I worked at PBC 2 separate times and always had a desire to someday finish my degree. I started taking classes here and there for credit but then in theFall of 2018 really dove in with the intent to finish my degree online.

I attend Mannahouse and have been at this church for 40+ years. I have been involved in kid’s ministry, jr. high, youth ministry, choir, led women’s groups, couples groups, been a lay pastor and co-pastored the Downtown Campus of Mannahouse with my husband for 10 years. I am currently leading the Women’s Ministry with Lisa Trent for the Downtown Campus, leading a small group of 15 women, a couple’s group with my husband and working in Kid’s ministry. I also am passionate about mentoring and counseling women and have done that my whole life.

My husband, Robert has been my biggest support and encourager in this journey to earn my Bachelor of Theology degree. Beyond that, my 4 adult children have cheered me on along the way. 2 of my daughters, Karina Clarence and Kandice Serrano both received their BTh from PBC as well as met their husband there, who also received there BTh from PBC. I have to say that I have many friends who have pushed me to finish this life long goal!  I am very proud of my kids who are also my closest friends, oldest to youngest, Kaley Hambelton (married to Connor) Karina Clarence (married to James) Garrett Jameson and Kandice Serrano (married to Fed). I have thoroughly enjoyed learning through the online program. While getting my BTh was the end goal what I gained along the way was so much more valuable – a deeper hunger to know God and His word. You are never too old to learn and study the Bible.