Your Life at Faith

What can you expect as a student at Faith? We like to think of the Faith experience as an advanced discipleship experience. You will find yourself growing and deepening in your walk with the Lord. This discipleship process involves
• Classes:Your classes, especially your Bible and theology classes, will nurture you in your Christian faith.
• Friends:The friendships you form at Faith will sharpen your Christian life. Some of the friends you make will be lifelong friends.
• Ministry:The opportunities for ministry during the school year and in the summer will be priceless experiences in your spiritual growth and development.

When you combine these elements of discipleship with all the fun of college life, you will find you have a rich and full life at Faith.

Spiritual Life at Faith

The Student Life staff is here to help students take the next step spiritually. Our desire is to see them grow to become more like Christ as a result of their time here at Faith. Many elements of life here at Faith help nurture this spiritual growth.


Chapel Students meet every morning for chapel. It is a great break between classes, and a time to sit under the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Our student body chaplain brings in a variety of pastors, missionaries, staff, and faculty who challenge our students from the Word. Some of our specialized chapels include those led by students, time devoted to prayer, instruction in practical life skills, and meetings with the deans in a group setting. Check out some of our past chapel messages here.


Dorm Devotions Students living on campus meet once a week for dorm devotions. This is a time where the resident advisors share from God’s Word and seek to encourage the students on his/her floor. Students also meet once a week for suite devos. Each suite of 4–8 students has one room leader who is responsible to encourage and hold accountable the men or women in the suite. This a great time for prayer, accountability, and sharing how God is working in the lives of our students. Students will form lifelong friendships as they learn from God’s Word together in these settings.


Discipleship and Counseling The Student Life Department is available for weekly Bible studies, counseling, and encouragement. We love to meet with individual students over coffee, in our offices, or in our homes to help them grow spiritually. We want to help students apply God’s Word to the stuff of life and will meet students wherever and whenever to help make that happen.


Local Churches: A huge part of Faith is the involvement students will have in their local churches. There are more 25 like-minded churches within a 30-mile radius of Faith that students may choose to attend. Students will have the opportunity to get plugged in and learn what practical ministry looks like within the local church. Students will also get to know godly men, women, and families who will have a great impact in their lives as they study here at Faith.

The Student Handbook helps guides students in many parts of college life. Click here to view the Student Handbook.

Student Life at Faith


Dorm Ball Playoffs: April 2014
The basketball intramural season is winding down! This is the last week of their normal season. On Monday and Wednesday nights the various dorm and staff teams play at 9:00 p.m. 
Missions Conference: May 31-April 4
We invite you to join the Faith Family for our annual Missions Conference. The theme "Worth it all" focuses on the concept that serving the Lord in missionary work is worth it all.
SOS Survey: April 5
SOS stands for "Student's Offering Services". Our students will canvass around Ankeny on the 5th of April and inquire about Spring cleaning or odd jobs that they could accomplish for members of the community free of cost. They will actually complete these jobs on May 3. If you would like help with gutters, yardwork, painting, etc, please call 515-422-5820 and ask for Jessie.
Chorale Travel: April 5
Live near Carlisle, Iowa? Come to Missionary Baptist Church to hear the chorale's concert, "Only God", and prepare to be blessed.
Instrumental Ensembles Travel: April 13
Location coming soon.
Day of Prayer: April 16
Each semester Faith takes one day to highlight the importance of prayer in the life of a believer. The students will not have class, but instead spend their normal class hours in both personal and corporate prayer.
Youth Conference: April 17-19
We are looking forward to having new faces on campus during Faith's annual Youth Conference. Pastor Dave Tebbenkamp from First Baptist Church in Creston, Iowa, will challenge teens to be UNASHAMED. 
Walton Lecture Series: April 23-25
Dr. Roy Beacham will be speaking in both the college and seminary chapels during the annual Walton Lecture Series. We are looking forward to having him on campus, and learning with him from God's Word.
Chorale Travel: April 26-27
Live near Omaha, NE or Walnut, IA? Come to Temple Baptist Church in Omaha or Calvary Baptist Church in Walnut to hear the chorale's concert, "Only God", and prepare to be blessed.
Spring Banquet: April 25
Yes, the time has come. Spring Banquet 2014 is being put on by the Junior Class here at FBBC. Details will come soon!
SOS: May 3
SOS = Students Offering Services. If you live in Ankeny, please let our students know they can be of service to you! No job is too small...gutters, yardwork, painting, etc. Please call 515-422-5820 and ask for Jessie.

Who wants to be sitting alone in the dorm on a Friday night? Exactly! So we invented our very own Fight Against Boredom activities for every Friday night there isn’t something else happening on campus. We are excited to spend time with our students and help them connect with others. 

vballfriSand Volleyball: September 6
Volleyball at sunset on a summer night? Smore's lightly browned over  charcoal? Yes Please! Students had a fun time at the first FAB Friday event of the year. 
Corn Maze: October 4
We packed up the shuttles and headed out to the Geisler Farms corn maze to get the full "Fall in Iowa" experience. Real Iowans like to plant corn, eat corn, and walk around in corn!
Bonfire: October 11
This summer the Faith Pond area was renovated and several items were added: a gazebo, picnic benches, and a firepit! On October 11 we went to enjoy the gifts God has blessed us with and relax around a fire at the pond. 
Pumpkin Carving: October 18
Messy? Yes. Smelly? Maybe. A Blast? Positively! Our students enjoyed a fun-filled FAB Friday carving some fall decor with their friends.
ThanksChristmasGiving Party: November 15
This Friday we are welcoming the Christmas spirit, while not forgetting about Thanksgiving! We are going to decorate both fall and Christmas cookies, decorate the Christmas tree in the Student's Center, and show our appreciation for our troops by sending them evangelistic encouraging Christmas cards. Let's turn the focus off ourselves, and have a party for the benefit of others (except for the cookies :) )!
Big Ball Volleyball: January 24
Join us in the gym for some giant size volleyball! Athletic or not, everyone gets excited about a gigantic beach ball, right?
Wii Tournament: February 21

Has Sochi inspired you? Come give your favorite Wii Sport a go this Friday! #thisismyeverywhere


Basketball and Boardgames: March 28


Come watch the March Madness and enjoy some catch phrase during the commercial breaks! There will be cookies. :)


We want to keep you in the know as to what is happening here at Faith with our students. Stay tuned for updates and pictures about student life throughout each week of the semester. We are excited about what God is doing here at Faith and want to share it with you! 

Monday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Missions Conference
                                  9:00 p.m. Dorm Ball Playoffs
Wednesday, April 2, 9:00 p.m. Dorm Ball Playoffs
Thursday, April 3, 9:00 p.m. Open Dorms
Friday, April 4, 9:00 p.m. FAB Friday Activity  
Saturday, April 5 SOS Survey 

Aaron Moore and Emily Scherer: St. Ansgar, Iowa

DSC 0088I am currently a Junior at Faith Baptist Bible College and I will be getting married May 23 to Emily Scherer! St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, has extended a gracious invitation for Emily and me to be the pastor and wife of the church. Currently, Emily is serving faithfully at Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle, and St. Ansgar has called me as the interim pastor until this summer. They understand that both Emily and I still have school to finish and have graciously worked with us concerning that issue. I am excited to see what God has in store for Emily and me at St. Ansgar Baptist Church.


Ministry Opportunities

We try to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to use the information and skills you are learning in the classroom, so offer a vast array of ministry opportunities, here and abroad!
Local Church Involvement:You will have many opportunities to use your talents and abilities to serve the Lord in your local church. Students serve as Sunday School teachers, children's workers, nursery workers, choir members, youth leaders, ushers, and a host of other possibilities. While you are required to have a Christian Service assignment every semester, we want you to serve the Lord because you want to!

Missions Trips:We would like to see every student at Faith have some kind of international ministry experience. Our Chorale travels to Europe every four years. Faith students go on missions trips all over the world.In recent years students have gone to Peru, Japan, South Africa, Saipan, France, Kenya, Tanzania, and several other places
Student Leadership:We also have opportunities to serve through leadership!Each class elects officers who are given different responsibilities throughout the year.Students elect officers and representatives for the Student Association and the Student Missions Fellowship. Students can also apply to serve as a resident advisors or room leaders.

Summer Ministry Teams:Another opportunity for service comes through our summer ministry teams.Students can audition to travel during the summer on music team or one of our camp teams.

Community Involvement:We also provide students the opportunities for serving in our community.Usually at least once each year, our Student Association plans a community service activity.Students join forces to serve people by helping with yard work, chores, cleaning or anything else that is needed!

Student Missionary Fellowship:Each Monday night students meet to share prayer requests, hear from a missionary, and pray for missionaries around the world.This fellowship provides a nice way for students to keep a worldwide perspective in ministry and to pray regularly for God to work around the world.


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