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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! 

COVID-19 Response

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We are deeply grateful to God for His protection and care of each one of us. Our pastors, faculty and staff love each of our students and we are encouraged by their trust and reliance on Him in this time of trial.

The health and safety of our PBC family is our number one priority. We also are committed to the welfare of the larger Portland metro community we are a part of. As of today, we have no known cases of COVID-19 within our Portland Campus. ⁠At the same time we are committed to assisting our students in completing their semester courses and graduation requirements.

In light of the State and Federal guidelines issued. We are taking additional steps to ensure the continued safety of our students, faculty and staff. PBC took the following actions:⁠

  • For Portland Campus students, we are extending remote instruction of our courses for the remainder of the school year. These is in an effort to agree with the current plans for both Washington and Oregon public schools.
  • From an academic standpoint, there are very few program course outcomes that are only able to be accomplished through in-person instruction. Any class session that requires meeting in person will meet virtually through various online platforms. Students in such classes will be notified directly.
  • We are encouraging students to move out of their dorms and return to their permanent homes. We will leave campus housing open for students who have limited options. The cafeteria will remain open with take-out service only. A housing check-out system has been made available for all resident students needing to return home.
  • Although the pandemic is necessitating physical distance, we want to stay connected relationally. Staff will continue to work and will be available to students remotely. Essential staff are on a rotation schedule with their supervisors to ensure office services remain open with minimal employee presence on campus. Our deans and campus pastors live on-site. Students remaining on-campus will be served by people who love them and have their best interest at heart. Counseling and personal care services will remain available to all virtually. CDC hygiene guidelines will be strictly followed at all times.
  • All campus events are canceled until the campus re-opens. We will also have to postpone our graduation ceremony to a later date. We are currently surveying our graduates before making a decision concerning rescheduling. Those meeting requirements for graduation will be awarded their degrees as of May 15.
  • A Student Life Facebook page will remain updated and we will host Chapel prayer times at 10:30 on Fridays and our senior sermons on Mondays and Wednesdays on that page.
  • We were made for this. We are the Church and have a great opportunity to be the salt and light we are called to be. We encourage all students to remain vitally connected to their local churches. For those staying on campus here is a link to how we will accomplish this at Mannahouse.

We are so grateful to each student, parent, pastor and friend of PBC that is walking through this season of uncertainty and constant change with us. We remain committed to equipping each student with the character and competence to rise to the world’s needs and become catalysts for Kingdom impact even in the darkest of times.

Together, we will rise out of this stronger, more resilient and victorious.

In Him,

Ken Malmin
Dean

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Perpetual: The Secret to Finding God in Your 7 Life Seasons by Howard Rachinski

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Portland Bible College Board Member, Howard Rachinski, founder of CCLI and member of GMA’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame, has released his first book, Perpetual: The Secret To Finding God In Your 7 Life Seasons. Published by Starpraise Publishing and available through Amazon, Perpetual chronicles the seven life seasons that everyone experiences.

Much more than an autobiography, Howard examines his own personal tragedies and victories through the lens of Scriptural principles, specifically focused on the life of Jacob. There are four “Calling” seasons—Preparation, Productivity, Transition and Impartation—and three “Character” seasons—Despair, Famine and Refreshing.

Howard states, “Seeing the beautiful order of seasons in life turned my chaos into clarity.”

In one of the forewords, Grammy-winning CCM artist Michael W. Smith says,

“Thankfully, for readers, Howard kept good notes for each season. Those notes capture all the glorious, and sometimes gory, details of how our Father deals with those whom He loves.”

In the other foreword, Darlene Zschech, worship leader and writer of “Shout To The Lord” reflects, “…There is NO ONE who walks through life unaffected by certain seasons. We each have a choice as to how we respond to each season we find ourselves in. Howard pours his heart out, holding nothing back as he walks through his journey of finding purpose through the pain.”

In 1988, while serving as the Worship Director of Mannahouse Church (known as Bible Temple at the time), Howard founded Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI) which now serves the music licensing and resource needs of over 250,000 churches and ministries in over 30 countries. Howard is recognized as an experienced seminar leader and contributing editor in music copyright law issues. His experience also extends to the local church, serving as an associate pastor and music minister. Howard is also recognized as an enthusiastic conference speaker and specializes in teaching on worship, music culture and leadership. In 2016, Howard was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to Christian music.

PBC celebrates Howard’s accomplishments and is blessed to have him as a friend and counselor; who has and continues to faithfully serve and support our school for many years.

Youth Pastors Workshop at ONE Conference

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For more than 25 years, PBC has been an integral part of hosting one of the largest youth conferences on the West Coast “Generation Unleashed”. PBC Faculty are often invited to teach workshops on different subjects. If you were able to join us and would like to download an electronic version of this year’s notebook, feel free to do so here.

 

Alumni at the Forefront of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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Training leaders for the local church and society has been at the core of our mission. Many of our alumni are in the front-lines of major social justice issues ranging from poverty to human trafficking. One of these issues, which has had irreparable damage to an entire country and region, is the Syrian refugee crisis. Several of our alumni are working in different countries addressing the needs of this war-torn people group.

Alumna Annika Greco is currently on assignment with Youth for Christ in Lebanon, working with Syrian refugee youth. They offer non-formal education, a sports ministry and weekly tent visits in the refugee camps that build trust and relationships with Muslim families with the goal of sharing the Gospel. A major portion of their job is to work on youth reconciliation programs between Syrian and Lebanese youth.. Read More

Portland Bible College Spanish Program

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Over the past 50 years, PBC has had an indelible impact all over the globe. Recently, we have had the opportunity to connect leaders from Iglesia La Roca in Guayaquil Ecuador to begin our Certificate of Theology program 100% in Spanish. Our school administrator and professor, Carlos Marin, had the privilege of ministering to the leadership and congregation. He was able to witness the great work the students are accomplishing there. Read More

Is The Bible Worth Studying?

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When it comes to studying the Bible, the first questions to ask are, “Is the Bible worth studying?” and “Is this the right Bible?” These questions form the heart of Bibliology — the study of the Bible. The information on which one bases life is an important decision that should be approached with scrutiny. If a person were to base his or her diet off of what was seen on TV during the Super Bowl, that person’s physical health would rapidly decline. In this same way, if someone were to form his or her life’s principles off a few catchy phrases, that person’s mental, physical and spiritual health could all crumble.

Click on this link to download a full chapter on this subject.

28 Day Bible Reading Plan

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Check out these wonderful verses that teach us how to fall in love with the Word of God!

DAY 1: THE WORD CLEANSES
PSALM 119:9

DAY 2: THE WORD DELIVERS
Psalm 119:11, 170

DAY 3: THE WORD SHOULD BE OBEYED
Psalm 119:17, 158

DAY 4: THE WORD SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED
Psalm 119:16

DAY 5: THE WORD REVIVES
Psalm 119:25, 107

DAY 6: THE WORD STRENGTHENS
Psalm 119:28

DAY 7: THE WORD STABILIZES
Psalm 119:38

DAY 8: THE WORD IS LIFE-CHANGING
Psalm 119:41

DAY 9: THE WORD IS TRUSTWORTHY
Psalm 119:42

DAY 10: THE WORD IS TRUTH
Psalm 119:43

DAY 11: THE WORD GIVES LIFE
Psalm 119:50

DAY 12: THE WORD PROMISES MERCY
Psalm 119:58

DAY 13: THE WORD SHAPES OUR LIFE
Psalm 119:65

DAY 14: THE WORD KEEPS US
Psalm 119:67

DAY 15: THE WORD IS OUR HOPE
Psalm 119:74, 81

DAY 16: THE WORD PROMISES KINDNESS
Psalm 119:76, 82

DAY 17: THE WORD IS SETTLED IN HEAVEN
Psalm 119:89

DAY 18: THE WORD RESTRAINS OUR FEET FROM EVIL
Psalm 119:101

DAY 19: THE WORD IS A LAMP TO OUR FEET
Psalm 119:105

DAY 20: THE WORD UPHOLDS ME
Psalm 119:116

DAY 21: THE WORD IS RIGHTEOUS
Psalm 119:123

DAY 22: THE WORD DIRECTS OUR STEPS
Psalm 119:133

DAY 23: THE WORD IS PURE
Psalm 119:140

DAY 24: THE WORD IS OUR SPIRITUAL FOOD
Psalm 119:148

DAY 25: THE WORD IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH
Psalm 119:160

DAY 26: THE WORD IS AWESOME
Psalm 119:161

DAY 27: THE WORD IS A SPIRITUAL TREASURE
Psalm 119:162

DAY 28: THE WORD GIVES ANSWERS
Psalm 119:167

Click here for a downloadable version.

 

© Portland Bible College 2017

Spring 2015 Events

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GU ConferenceGU Conference

What an amazing year at Generation Unleashed Conference! We had the chance to worship alongside thousands of other young adults and young people, hear inspiring messages from some of the most influences voices in the Christian community, and even connect with future students through the PBC experience. We’re already excited about next year!

FancyFeastFancy Family Feast

PBC students took progressive dinners to the next level by making it a formal event!We even had h’ordeuvres! After dressing up to look our best, we ventured through each dorm having a different course of the meal at each stop. Needless to say it was tons of fun. When it comes to food, PBC knows how to do it right!

InternationaPotluckInternational Potluck

One of the greatest things about PBC is how many different countries and cultures we have represented on our campus. This semester at the international potluck, we gathered to share multicultural food and fellowship, and had an awesome time doing it. Thank you to the Marin’s for opening up your home!

Dodgeball1 copyDodge Ball

They told us that college student students wouldn’t want to play dodge ball… but they were they wrong! We unleashed our inner warrior, fighting for victory amongst our peers. Few survived.. All enjoyed.

PrayerWeek copyPrayer Week

Throughout the entire week, everyone on campus met in their dorms at curfew to gather and pray for breakthrough and revival in both our generation, and our own lives. We welcomed heaven on earth and saw God move in powerful ways!

All Night PrayerAll Night Prayer

After an amazing week of prayer, we couldn’t wait to see what God wanted in accomplish at this semester’s All Night Prayer. From eleven at night to 5 in the morning, we sought the presence of God, allowing His Spirit to move through worship and word. He responded mightily! It was truly amazing to see God speak to so many of us, and to have him bless us with His presence.

Dorm Warm Dorm Warm

This semester we threw it back and decided to celebrate the decade of mullets and pop music. Coming together as one school in one of our dorms for an awesome night of games and hanging out, ‘Forever Young: An 80s Night’ was a huge success. And, everyone looked amazing in their retro outfits!

 DepthsLive Album Recording

‘DEPTHS’ was a live worship recording night put on by the worship department and senior student Jake Haymond. This was the first time in over a decade that we as a school had the privilege to capture what goes on in our weekly chapel service to share it with the world. We can’t wait for it to come out this fall! #Depths

International Chapel International Chapel

Celebrating the diversity of our school, we take one chapel service every semester to focus on the Global Church. This semester we prayed for the nations, worshipped in other languages, and even took an offering for an outreach project in Uganda. From different corners of the earth we gathered to worship God as one big family.

Wildcats Season 2014-2015

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What a turnaround season for the Wildcats. With the 2014-2015 season now in the rear-view, the ‘Cats can hang their hat on a job well done. They had a heartbreaking finish in Circleville, Ohio, but achieved so much in such a short time together. Let’s take a look at how they got here.

Last year, first under head coach Mike Arnold, the team struggled to find it’s chemistry and identity on the floor. The Wildcats ended with a record of 5 wins, 25 losses. Then, the coaches hit the recruiting trail. Hard. With a full year to recruit, the Wildcats were able to land several impact recruits, including senior Bryce Layne, and juniors Marsellus Gray, Mozeek Waggener, and Miles Waggener. Both coaches agree, this was not completely their doing. God is definitely to thank for a lot of these recruits. God made it possible for these student-athletes to be here.

Then the work began. With chemistry at the forefront of his mind, coach Arnold designed a rigorous and balanced training calendar that included cross-fit, weightlifting, running, playing, drill-work, team dinners, and even a cabin retreat. All this, designed to build the sense of family among the team.

When the season came around, the season hit the Wildcats hard. A schedule of four NCAA Division 2 games and several top ranked NAIA Division 1 teams gave the Wildcats their fair share of adversity. With eight losses in a row from Halloween to Thanksgiving, it was not the start they had anticipated. Regardless, they continued to push. They continued to work. They continued to grind it out, with the vision of league play ahead of them. Once conference games started, all these challenges would pay off.

Pay off it did.

The ‘Cats ended the regular season winners of 9 of their last 11 games, including a perfect 5-0 against conference opponents, claiming the #1 seed for the regional tournament. They found their groove and figured out how to win multiple ways. Last year, they came close but could not find a way to win a single conference game. This year they beat their conference opponents by an average margin of 16 points. They reached as high as #5 in the national rankings, and ended the season at #6.

By going undefeated in conference, the Wildcats earned a first round bye in the regional tournament. This year the tournament was held in Lancaster, CA, home of West Coast Baptist College. In the first game, Multnomah University beat West Coast Baptist College, earning a chance to play the Wildcats. In the fourth meeting of the season, the Wildcats once again held them off, earning a berth into the NCCAA National tournament in Circleville, Ohio.
For their play through the regular season, Bryce Layne and Mozeek Waggener earned themselves All-American status, with Bryce taking first team and Mozeek taking second team.

In Ohio, the Wildcats fought well. Senior Bryce Layne led the team in scoring and assists, with 22.5 points with 6.5 assists, and Marsellus Gray came in at 20 ppg. They lost their first game to #5 Dallas Christian by 3 points 77-74, and the next night to #1 Ohio Christian 75-76, with a chance to win it at the buzzer. Ohio Christian was the two-time defending national champions and #1 ranked team all season.

Although the season didn’t end how the Wildcats hoped, it was a great year for both players and coaches, and a drastic improvement from 5-25 the year before. They accomplished several goals they had set at the beginning of the season, including win the western region, and earned a berth to nationals. Next year they look to improve even more, and win a game or two at nationals.
For more tournament information, including rosters, results, and award winners, visit http://trailblazers.ohiochristian.edu/f/2015_NCCAA_National_Tournament.php