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.
An institution’s logo is an important part of its identity because it expresses the heart and mission of the school.
The motto at Faith is With the Word to the World. That motto expresses our purpose of training men and women to take the Word of God to a lost world.
We are pleased to present an updated look for our Faith logo that captures the concept of taking the Word to the World in a new and fresh way. You will now see this updated look on our upcoming publications.
With this updated logo Faith reaffirms its commitment to maintaining a fundamental Baptist institution that is committed to Bible and theology, missions, and the local church.
More Than a Number
Personal Attention at Faith
As I was entering my senior year in high school 15 years ago, I started to receive more and more phone calls from colleges. Some of them I had heard of, some I hadn't. Some were Christian, some were not. But most of them had one thing in common: the person on the other end of the line sounded a lot like a used car salesman and a bad one at that. I could almost picture them in a plaid sport coat with unmatched pants as they confidently shouted through the phone, "Has our college got a deal for you!" It seemed like they were very interested in me as a number to add to their incoming class but not as a person. The phone calls were pushy more than personal, and I just wasn't buying what they were selling.
Fast forward to the present and I find myself on the other end of the phone, directing the Admissions Department here at Faith. What are the odds? Rest assured we don't hire used car salesmen. We have student callers who are passionate about people and God and are genuinely interested in the person on the other end of the line or e-mail. We really do care about what God is doing in their lives and how He is leading them. We really do want to get to know you, your interests, and your hobbies. Most of all, we want to see Christ get the most out of their lives for His glory!
That's why we love what we do! It's exciting for us to talk to people from all over the world and see how God is working in their lives. Of course, it's a thrill for us as well to see students and parents we have gotten to know over the years arrive at Orientation Weekend and then see God use their experiences here to shape them into who He wants them to be.
Those we talk to on the phone and the students God leads here ARE MUCH MORE THAN NUMBERS, THEY ARE OPPORTUNITIES. Opportunities for us to personally invest in over the next four years of our lives. That's why I love what I do. It's not about the administrative work, the meetings, or the late nights. It's about the people–our students! It's the lunches, the Monday night football games, the visits in the office, serving side by side in our local churches, and cheering on our Faith Eagles. It's about the families and churches they represent and about seeing them leave here and go on to make an eternal difference in the lives of those they come into contact with.
So the next time you pick up the phone and it's a caller from Faith or see an e-mail from us in your inbox, don't worry! We are not trying to sell you a product or convince you that you have just fallen out of God's will if you don't immediately enroll here! We just simply want to let you know what God is doing here in Ankeny, Iowa, and let the Lord take it from there.
Hope to see you soon!
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