Who doesn’t love a good story?

The story behind Faith’s motto, With the Word to the World, takes us all the way back to 1961. John F. Kennedy was our nation’s president, the civil rights movement was in full swing, Roger Maris hit 61 home runs for the New York Yankees, and Omaha Baptist Bible College (OBBC) was celebrating its 40th year as an institution with a growing enrollment of 178 students.

Nearly 600 miles east of Omaha, an exchange of pleasantries was taking place at the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches National Conference in Winona Lake, Indiana. That exchange was between OBBC’s Charles Bergerson and Richard Fleming, and a young man named Michael Doonan (now O’Doonan), who was on tour with a musical group from Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.

“Growing out of that acquaintance, I was asked to sing at the Guest Artist Concert at Omaha Baptist Bible College in the fall of 1961,” said O’Doonan, in a recent interview with Faith Baptist Bible College.

Six months later, Doonan’s relationship with OBBC would become much more than an acquaintance…but we’ll leave that, and the rest of the story behind our motto, to be continued in the weeks ahead.

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Would you like to be a part of our great story as we approach 100 years as an institution? Over the last century, Faith has overcome numerous trials and survived bleak financial situations only because of God’s faithfulness and the part our constituency has played in sacrificial giving to our school. This fall, we are hoping to raise in excess of $300,000 for needed sidewalk repairs and scholarships.

If you would like to be a continuing part of our great story, and to help us match the $110,000 that has been pledged by two separate donors, please visit our web page or sign up for this year’s Friends of Faith banquet at https://faith.edu/events/friends-of-faith-banquet/.