..I look back with gratitude to the Lord for what were the happiest and most formative days of my life.
Harry Thomson / Diploma in Theology / 1985-1988
The staff, students, and my year at Rosemary Park (now Bethany Baptist, Bangor) meant that I was well grounded in all aspects of pastoral ministry. There were so many Godly people who took a genuine interest in me, and my future.
After twenty five years in Scotland I have proved the sound advice I was given at IBC. It was impressed on me to give people a solid Bible based Ministry. The Lord prospered the work up North in Fraserburgh and laterally in Pollok in Glasgow.
I am sure any student of any age who needs training for the Christian Ministry will be well grounded in the truth at IBC and be able to do a great work for the Lord.
.. I received a grounding in how to think theologically and serve pastorally
Andrew Roycroft / Master in Theology
Thanks to the dedication and theological acumen of those who taught me at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I received a grounding in how to think theologically and serve pastorally. Time and again in my current ministry context as Pastor in Millisle Baptist Church I find myself drawing on what I learned during my time at IBC, and giving thanks for the privilege of having been able to be part of the life of the College.
The training I received at IBC has been a great help in my pastoral ministry
John Kimber / Bachelor of Divinity, Diploma in Ministry Studies / 2008-2011
The preparation for ministry course appealed to me more than any of the other courses I had seen at other colleges; I was particularly attracted by the practical elements of the course such as church placement. I applied to the college, was accepted and we moved from England to Northern Ireland with a great sense that we were in the will of God.
I enjoyed three years on the preparation for ministry course and graduated with a BD. I am now serving as the Pastor of the church where I did my placement (Portadown Baptist Church).
The training I received at IBC has been a great help in my pastoral ministry so far and I believe I will continue to benefit from my time at IBC for as long as the Lord sees fit to use me in His service.
When I came to see the Irish Baptist College I was sure straight away it was the place for me!
Daniel Ashby / Bachelor of Divinity, Diploma in Ministry Studies / 2009-2012
I spent 3 years there full time completing my Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Diploma in Ministry studies. During that time I made many lasting friendships and was constantly challenged by the college teams, classes and assignments which made up so much of student life. Since finishing studying full time I came to Great Vic as a part time Community Outreach Worker which enabled me to pursue further study with the college alongside my ministry. I am just finishing a Masters in Theology and have had a great tutor in Peter Firth. During these two years much use has been made of the college library in which many hours were spent reading through a lot of books and commentaries!
If you are looking for a close-knit community of students in which to learn more about God’s Word and prepare to serve Him, I would encourage you to check out IBC!
I believe IBC was the place God called me to study
Judith Whittaker / Preparation for Ministry / 2009 - 2012
I believe that IBC was the place God 'called' me to study, although I may not be fully aware of all the reasons God has behind 'why I went to college' but I'm very thankful that I did go!
I Enrolled at IBC straight after school to take the undergraduate degree in Theology. Successful Completion of the Theology degree would allow me to get into the PGCE teaching course, which had been my intention for some time, and allow me to study further. The degree was completed through the College's Preparation for Ministry programme, a 3 year course which I studied between 2009 & 2012.
Since completing my degree at IBC I have been studying a PG Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and have successfully completed a Masters in the course. I will be moving on to do a PGCE at Queens for R.E Teaching at Secondary level.
I LOVED my time at IBC and will always look back on it with fond memories. The degree itself has a huge relevance for teaching R.E and I know much of what I learnt in class during my time in college will be of immense benefit to the subject I will be teaching. The course itself provides ample opportunity to learn more about God's Word both on a personal but also deeper academic level. There are a variety of interesting and insightful subjects to study on the course. The degree part of the course is obviously academic and requires hard work but the other aspect is the practical nature of the Preparation for Ministry course. I found this part of the course to be very beneficial to the different youth meetings and CEF ministries I volunteer with.
The practical aspect is a challenge, it requires you to be pushed out of your comfort zone but it is where you learn the most, it is a great way to develop character and confidence and to hone the skills and talents God has given or alternatively to enlighten you with talents you maybe never realised you had. College life in general was a great benefit also. It's a small close knit community in itself and it is a place where I grew in my walk with God, made some great friends and also perfected my table tennis skills during lunch and break time.
God really blessed me during my time of study at IBC in so many ways. The fellowship and fun and bond of unity amongst the students, lecturers and other members of staff can't quite be put into words adequate enough to describe it - you would have to come and see for yourself!!!