News at Faith
Faith Invites Public Comment for Accreditation Visit
On February 9 and 10, 2015, a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (one of Faith’s accrediting agencies) will visit our school. In preparation for this visit, the public is invited to submit comments regarding the school directly to the accrediting agency.
Public Comment on Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution and its academic programs. Comments must be in writing and signed, and the letter must include the name, address, and phone number of the sender. You may also submit comments on the Commission’s website. Comments will not be treated as confidential. All comments must be received by January 5, 2015.
American Flag Flown in Honor of Faith in Afghanistan
On October 28, 2014, an American flag was flown in honor of Faith on a combat mission in Afghanistan. The flag was sent to Faith along with a certificate that read in part:
"In Support of Operation Enduring Freedom this American flag was flown in honor of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary 28 October 2014 during a combat sortie aboard a United States Air Force A-10C Warthog, assigned to the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan." The certificate was signed by the pilot, Capt. Travis "Spades" Walton.
We also received with the flag and certificate the following letter from Battalion Chaplain and Faith alum Jeremiah Cates ('03, '08):
"On behalf of LTC Joseph Schafer, the Battalion Commander, and the Soldiers and Officers of the 25th Signal Battalion, we wish to express our appreciation to the students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary for your unwavering support and unceasing prayers. May God richly bless you."
We are thankful for the ministry Chaplain Cates has to our soldiers in Afghanistan.
Faith Cross Country Team Ministers
On October 30 we received this note from Doug Betz, a long-time friend of Faith.
"A week ago Monday Ryan Long and the cross country team came to our home for a Christian service project. With my poor health since May, I had not been able to do the regular trimming, pruning, and weeding necessary in my backyard. Within a couple of hours they had the back yard ready for winter and also washed the windows for my wife. It was unsual to see young people who worked so hard. They all did a wonderful job. That day I was feeling weak since I had dialysis that morming so I drove the electric wheelchair around to give some supervision, which wasn't needed. It is quite a relief to have that work done. Thanks so much."
This service project shows how Faith athletics are different. The teams strive for excellence in their sports, but the goal of all athletics is ministry. We commend the Faith cross country team, coach Ryan Long, and all the Faith teams for demonstrarting the true hear of Faith athletics.
Enrollment Increase This Fall
We are pleased to report an increase in our enrollment this fall in both the college and seminary. We are thankful for the larger number of students God has sent our way. When you add in the number of students taking online classes, our enrollment numbers go even higher.
We had the largest freshmen class since 2009. We are especially pleased to see an increase in freshmen choosing the Pastoral and Missions programs.The faculty and staff are busily involved in discipling all of our students and equipping them to take the Word to the World.
Baptist Mid-MIssions Candidate Class Includes Nine Faith Alums
The summer BMM candidate class of 23 individulas included 9 Faith alums.
• Elaine (Jensen '77) Fessel with her husband, Rick, are headed for Germany to work alongside Faith alums Willi and Heidi Slischewski. Rick and Elaine served previously in Germany, so they are acquainted with the language and culture.
• Ron ('86) and Joy (Lobb '86) Hemsworth will serve at Missionary Acres in Silva, Missouri.
• Andrew ('09) and Janae (Lindow '11) Gonnerman have already spent some time in Japan and plan to return there.
• Luke (current seminary student) and Bethany (Spink '08, '09) Snell plan to serve in Germany.
• Andy Scott ('09, '10) will assist Faith alumni Bill and Deb Edmondson in Boston.
• Nicki Carr ('13), a graduate of Faith's missionary nursing program, will have a medical ministry in Romania.
We wish these individuals a speedy deputation ministry and effective service for Christ in their fields.
Gene Matlock with the Lord
Gene Matlock, Faith's vice president for advancement and church relations, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 7, after a short battle with cancer. The funeral service was held at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Saturday, October 11. Dr. Ernie Schmidt and Don Anderson represented Faith. Faith held a memorial service for Gene on October 29. Click here to read the story about Gene's life and ministry and to view a recording of the memorial service at Faith.
Ministry in Focus WeekendFebruary 5-7, 2015
Are you considering full-time ministry? Join us for this special weekend to talk to pastors and missionaries and learn more about ministry.
Scholarship WeekendMarch 19-21, 2015
For seniors who have applied to Faith. Get to know Faith personnel and interview for substantial scholarships.
Student Leadership SummitApril 16-18, 2015
Evangelist Will Galkin and Dr. Paul Hartog will help teens confront their culture rather than conform to it.