South Pacific Bible College exists to transform lives through the inspiration of God’s Word to multiply Christ-Followers in the World.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
2 Timothy 2:2
The South Pacific Bible College educates their students in an intense 2 year academic program, which can be followed by an optional 3rd year practicum. After our students are equipped with the knowledge of God’s Word, spiritual transformation, and practical skills, they are sent back to their home countries to spread the love of Jesus amongst their native people.
Please watch Story Behind Every Face and Kids’ Socks to see highlights of the work of 2013 Graduates, Marcelo and Matraca Toro (La Serena, Chile). These are just a few examples of ways our graduates are involved in ministry.
The South Pacific Bible College is located in Tauranga, New Zealand. Tauranga (meaning “safe anchorage” in the Maori language) is on the northeast coast of the North Island and is known for its fabulous beaches, surf, and picturesque settings. Having one of the highest annual duration of bright sunshine (2,320 hours), medium temperatures and a good rainfall, it has become well known for its farming, horticulture, and forestry.
The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in late 1769 after he noticed the abundant food supplies at several Maori villages he visited on the coast. Today the population of the Bay of Plenty is around 260,000 with 110,000 in Tauranga city and district. Being one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand, it is fitting that the College is located in Tauranga, a 2½ hour drive from Auckland where one quarter (over one million) of New Zealand’s population live.
History of the College
During the early 1970’s, thoughts, ideas and plans were being formulated for the establishment of a Bible College in New Zealand, incorporating a two year study programme with a one year extension programme for those who desired to go into full-time church work.
The College opened in January 1982 through the generosity of the Otumoetai Church of Christ (Tauranga, New Zealand), the Lakewood Church of Christ (Denver, Colorado), and other supporting churches and individuals. Currently the High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney, Texas is also partnering with SPBC in addition to many others.
Since the first day when seven full-time students enrolled, the College has expanded its facilities and also its influence by training men and women from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States of America. The cross-cultural environment enables students to understand different customs, beliefs and social values.
Classes are held on site at 201 Otumoetai Rd. Included within the complex are administrative offices, lecture rooms, computer labs, a book and video library, study areas, student kitchen/dining and recreation lounge.
Contained within the Peter G Craig Memorial Library and study areas is a comprehensive 5,000 volume library of books and visual tapes. In addition, each faculty member’s private library is available as a resource for special reading and research assignments. Computer labs and internet access are also available for student use.
Helpful Links on the Internet
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