Welcome to our website. We trust you will find it informative and, more importantly, give serious consideration to enrolling, especially if you have a desire to be a more effective servant for the Lord or if you feel called to pastoral ministry.
When Faith and I graduated from Bible school in 1985, little did we realize what God had in store for us. At that time, we thought we were being sent to north Toronto or north of Toronto where we would pioneer a new church and remain there until Jesus returns. However, we did have a desire in our hearts for a Bible school that would equip believers to be more effective in their service to God in their local church, and prepare those with a divine call to ministry, particularly in the area of pioneering and pastoring new churches.
When we started out, there was only Faith, myself and our two children, who were eleven and nine, and $31.00 to our name when we arrived in Ontario to start the first church in that province. But, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thess. 5:24),” and He’s done far more than we ever asked or thought.
But planting churches one at a time and remaining with those churches for a number of years to grow and develop them has become too slow a process for church planting as we’ve now entered the last of the last days. During the years since graduation, the unction for a Bible training centre has grown stronger and stronger. But it wasn’t until the Fall of 2011 that Faith and I sensed the leading to proceed with the pioneering of a Bible school, patterned much after the one we graduated from. However, the start-up of such a school was delayed as I was diagnosed in January 2012 with a form of cancer that the oncologist said was “treatable but not curable.” Six months later, they couldn’t find a trace of it, praise the Lord!
So now, here we are on the verge of a new assignment from the Lord. It is our dream to equip believers be more effective in their local church and help prepare those particularly called to pastoral ministry and assist them with the start-up of their new church. This would include incorporation and charitable registration and even provide some on-going financial support for their first year of operation. Believe me, having started eight churches with virtually no natural resources, we certainly understand what a blessing it would have been if there had been someone with some flesh on them to help us when we got started!
Our first year undoubtedly came with challenges and rough spots to be ironed out. That’s just plain reality. But one thing we shall never do – compromise the quality of training the students will receive. Read the Student Handbook carefully. Know what you are getting yourself into. If you can’t willfully comply, then FABTC is not the place for you.
God bless you in your endeavours for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Dr. Kees Tengnagel