Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the Faith Convocation Center has been named the Nettleton Center in honor of Dr. David Nettleton.
Dr. Nettleton was the president of Faith from 1965 to 1980 and moved the college from Omaha, Nebraska, to Ankeny, Iowa.
David Nettleton pastored churches in New York and Massachusetts before becoming the pastor of Grandview Park Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1963. In that role he took an interest in the possible relocation of Omaha Baptist Bible College to Ankeny. When OBBC’s president John L. Patten resigned because of health reasons in 1965, the school called David Nettleton to be its president.
Over the next few years David Nettleton led in raising money and building a new campus in Ankeny. In 1969 he walked from Omaha to Ankeny to celebrate the completion of the sale of the Omaha campus and to raise money for a classroom building.
Dr. Nettleton left the presidency in 1980 and pastored churches in New Jersey and Florida before going to be with the Lord in 1993.
The last building Dr. Nettleton built was the Gymnasium/Convocation Center, which opened in the fall of 1973. It is only fitting then that we name this building in his honor. The school held a special chapel on Tuesday, September 28, to highlight the ministry of David Nettleton and officially announce the name change. Jean Bierbaum, one of Dr. Nettleton's daughters, and her husband, Stephen (pictured above) from Alton, Illinois, were able to attend the special recognition service.
The Faith family is grateful for the life and ministry of David Nettleton and is pleased to perpetuate his legacy by naming this building in his honor.
Faith invites those who knew Dr. Nettleton to contribute to the David Nettleton Leadership Scholarship to enable current students to get a quality Bible education. Contact Faith’s Advancement Department at 1.800.407.3305.