It all started in 1983 when Apostle Theo Wolmarans spearheaded what has now become one of the largest and fastest growing Bible Colleges in the world.
DR. THEO WOLMARANS, TH.D., D.D. AND DR. BEVERLEY WOLMARANS, D.D.
SENIOR FOUNDING PASTORS OF CHRISTIAN FAMILY CHURCH INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF CFCI BIBLE COLLEGE.
Apostle Theo appointed Ps Bob Daniels as the first Dean of the Bible College, where a handful of students would come to study five times a week for a year, under his guidance.
Ps Smiley Papenfus was then handed the baton and initiated the Layman's School of Training. Although the curriculum was retained, slight adaptations were made. This avid golf player introduced a golf course model into Bible College by substituting courses for "holes". Students were given a map of a golf course which would direct them from course to course. Live lectures as well as tape correspondence studies were also introduced.
The Bible College further evolved when Ps Smiley handed over to Ps Rodney Pienaar. Modules were introduced into the curriculum, in place of the golf course model.
In 1999, Ps André Wilmans was appointed the Dean of Christian Family Church Bible College. As a young man with many aspirations, he was now given this huge task of taking Bible College to the next level. Willing, although perhaps far from able in the natural, he went ahead, introducing Christian Life Training (CLT). Now students had an even broader selection of how they would study as CFCI Bible College offered two curriculums - Bible College Modular Training and Christian Life Training.
Yet a deep desire burned in Apostle Theo to see more "sons" and "daughters" go out from CFCI, teaching the truths imparted to them, and so began the birth of a new Bible College.
Through inspiration and wisdom given by Apostle Theo, both Dr. Andre Wilmans, who served as the Dean until 2006, subsequently becoming the Principal of all CFCIBC worldwide, and Dr. Johnny Slabbert who was the Dean from 2007 until 2009, put together a team that, under their supervision and guidance, would see the dream realized. In January 2007 this became a reality and the doors of the first Bible College, incorporating School of Timothy's, opened with over 500 students joining. All these years of combined experience, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, has produced a Bible College whose curriculum is Spirit birthed and God inspired. We are fully persuaded that those willing and able to introduce this curriculum into their local church setting will experience the same revival.
We have come a long way since our inception; having trained over 5000 students for successful ministry, embracing an evolving curriculum with the focus on remaining relevant in a changing society. The Bible College now boasts full international accreditation to Bachelor's level, and in 2012 Drs. Johnny Slabbert and André Wilmans introducted a Laurette Studies program, later spearheaded and completed by Dr. Simone Slabbert and her development team, and this is where it stands today.
The curriculum of CFCI Bible College is ministry based, resolute in its goal to plant and establish word based churches and Bible Colleges worldwide.
It is our desire to see this curriculum incorporated into every Christian Family Church around the world so that together we can achieve our combined goal of over 50 Bible Colleges by the year 2020.