January 10, 2023

Faith Baptist Bible College (FBBC) and Iowa Regular Baptist Camp (IRBC) have a working relationship that spans more than 70 years. It began in the 1950s when FBBC President John L. Patten offered to sponsor a week of Family Camp by providing staffing, programming, and activities on the college’s behalf. Three quarters of a century later, that relationship is still going strong as Faith launched its first courses in the new Christian Camp Emphasis on the grounds of IRBC, December 12-16, 2022.

“The opportunity to host these module courses on the campground of IRBC was a huge highlight for the students,” said adjunct faculty and emphasis director Charlie Carter. “The class was able to share in fellowship with the camp staff during meals, and the camp facility gave opportunity for students and the instructors to interact and fellowship around normal class meeting times. I was blessed to watch the students grab and cast a vision for discipleship in the church through camp ministry.”

In all, 18 students participated in the two module-style classes. The morning course focused heavily on the mission of a Bible camp and ways that a camp is able to be a tool for discipleship with local churches. The afternoon course focused on how to plan and program events at camp.

The next round of classes within the Christian Camp Emphasis will be held in January 2024.

In those courses, Rand Hummel from The Wilds of New England and Matt Wilson from Grand View Camp in Arizona will continue building upon the foundation that was laid by Phil Betz, Dave Callison, and Willie Felderman in the first two modules.

The Christian Camp Emphasis consists of 13 credits. You do not have to be a full-time student at Faith; you may take them as a non-degree seeking student or as an audit student. If you are interested in pursuing this emphasis or have additional questions, please contact our admissions department at 888-324-8448 or email Charlie Carter at carterc@faith.edu.