On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed his 95 arguments against the selling of indulgences to the church door at Wittenberg. Luther’s act wasn’t intended to be particularly provocative as posting to the church door was an accepted method of proposing point of debate among scholars, but it sparked a movement that birthed the church we know today. Read PBC Blog Post from PBC Professor Travis Arnold
And for those of us who are not theologians, this video provides a bit of humor to the Reformation. Be warned it might poke fun at what you believe. Watch the Satire Video
Hope and Heritage
During the PBC 50th Anniversary, Lanny Hubbard spoke on the event’s theme of Hope and Heritage. The hope of our legacy is in the strength of our heritage. In the end, the words “well done” will not be spoken to the witty, the trendy, the stylish, or the popular. They will be spoken to the “good” and the “faithful.” This is the legacy that we hope to pass on. Watch the entire message for yourself or read the summary.
Fall Kick of Retreat
The annual Fall semester kick-off retreat was a highlight for both students and staff. Each morning started with dynamic services followed by epic afternoon outdoor activities. The evenings included presence-driven worship and guest speakers from around the world. It’s no surprise so many of our students consider this weekend to be one of the most impacting milestones of their Christian walk. Read more about the weekend.
REAL LIFE Exhibit Field Trip
Students from the International Development Course visited the REAL LIFE Exhibit hosted by Medical Teams International. The exhibit, which is hosted in a large warehouse, gave the class an opportunity to see and learn about the lives of people affected by disaster, conflict, and poverty around the world—and then learn how to take action and make a difference. Read more about the student’s experience.
Larry and Lynda Asplund
Larry and Lynda have been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for 45 years. For 18 of those years, Dr. Asplund was a faculty member at PBC and his wife Lynda the CLTI program administrator. Dr. Asplund currently is a part-time Instructor in the School of Divinity at Regent University and an adjunct instructor at Southeastern University, Moody Bible Institute and Biblical Seminary. Read more about Dr. Asplund.
Wayman and Sandy Steele
Wayman was one of the original 12 students in the 1967 class of Portland Bible College. Sandy came to PBC in 1968. They have eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Since then, together they have trained pastors and helped in the building of eight churches. They currently are staff pastors with Pastor Bob MacGregor at City Harvest Church in Vancouver, WA.
Elisha and Petrina Satvinder
Elisha and Patrina came to PBC in 1994 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They returned to start an incredible church and launch a ministry to underprivileged children in Malaysia. Since 1998, Dignity Youth Education Village has served more than 5,000 children and trained over 3,000 community teachers. To find out more about what the Satvinder’s are doing go to www.dignityforchildren.org.
2015-2016 By The Numbers
- Total number of PBC Students: 627
- On Campus: 245
- Extension Campuses: 55
- PBC Brazil: 139
- Graduates: 55
- Countries Represented:19
Poncho (BTh ’02) and Lora (BTh ’02) Lowder are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime as the Lead Pastors of Planetshakers Austin. From their days serving as dorm leaders back in 2001 until now, pioneering, building and innovating have been in Poncho and Lora’s heart. Their kick-off service will be in September with a heart to “empower generations to win generations.”
Bas (ACL ’13) and Vanessa (BCH ’13) VanKlarebergen met at Portland Bible College and were married in May of 2015. Bas currently works for Custom Church Apps, a company that develops apps for churches all over the nation. Vanessa works with Ministers Fellowship International, a family of ministers that desires to connect pastors together across the world. She is also a vocal instructor for Portland Bible College.
We are so proud of Alum Marcus Janzen (BTh ’11) on his recent graduation from Concordia’s Masters of Education program. During his time with Portland Bible College, Marcus served as head dorm leader and was such an amazing asset to campus life. He was recently hired at City Christian Schools as a high school social studies teacher and will begin his teaching career this fall.