Seattle Bible College has trained and mentored thousands of students over the past 65 years who have and are serving all over the world in various Christian ministries as well as in business, government, education, media, and the arts. A total of thirty countries have been represented over the years and this year is no exception. Students from Brazil, Kenya, Thailand, Philippines, and Myanmar have attended SBC these past eighteen months.
In September 2019, we sensed the Lord’s was speaking to our staff about Isaiah 43:18-21, and that He was going to be doing a “new thing…to give drink to My people, My chosen…” and Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of your tent…you shall expand to the right and to the left and your descendants will inherit the nations…” Through the miraculous hand of God, the country of Thailand has opened up to us and SBC now has 154 pastors and leaders taking classes! We are praying for more teaching sites throughout the world to open as we realize more each day that we are indeed, in the last days.
This map identifies the countries of our 2023-2024 student body.
People and Places
OUR CORE VALUES
The Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is the foundation and framework for all God is doing and saying in the world today. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God is working to reconcile the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Colossians 1:19-20)
Jesus Christ is Lord of the church and individually of His disciples. (Ephesians 5:23; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 1:23-24)
The Holy Spirit is working to supernaturally involve Christ’s disciples in what God is doing. (Acts 1:8; John 14:12-17; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 4:20; 2 Corinthians 3:5-18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Each believer is uniquely created and gifted to be a minister of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, 5:18)
Effective ministry is only achieved through a cooperative friendship with God. (Psalm 103:7; Hebrews 3:10; Isaiah 55:8; John 15:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 6:1; Philippians 2:12-13)
The chief aim of the life and ministry of each believer is to glorify God and to enjoy Him now and forever. (Ephesians 1:5-6, 12; Romans 11:36; 15:13; Jude 24-25; 1 Corinthians 6:20, 31; Revelation 4:11; Psalm 16:11; Psalm 144:15; Revelation 21:3-4; Philippians 4:4)
The college has its historical roots in the Pentecostal movement. Thus, the doctrinal flavor of the College reflects a rich heritage of Pentecostal theology. Since Pentecostalism grew out of a Wesleyan, Arminian, and holiness background, the College teaching reflects a Wesleyan and Arminian approach to man’s salvation.
In the fall of 1955, Seattle Bible Training School opened its doors, meeting in the Philadelphia Church annex, with more than twenty students enrolled. (In 1985 the name of the school was changed to Seattle Bible College.) This was the beginning of the fulfillment of a “vision” of Pastor Johnson—a vision that came to him about five years earlier. For those years there had been in his heart the desire to establish a Bible-based school
During the summer of 2013, SBC relocated to Sonrise Christian Center in Everett. SBC is now a ministry of Sonrise Christian Center, and Senior Pastor, Dr. Dan Hammer, serves as SBC President. In 2014 the church’s one-year training ministry transitioned into becoming a program track of Seattle Bible College.
The following curricula models for the academic programs offered at Seattle Bible College illustrate an approximate layout of courses to be taken over the duration of those academic programs. Specific course offerings will vary based upon factors of curriculum development, availability, as well as a student’s program requirements. SBC courses are designed in a variety of course credit configurations.