The soft sounds of Christian contemporary music wafted from the banquet room as people lined up in the hallway to pick up their name tags. Indian Bible College (IBC) of Northern Arizona was celebrating it’s 60th anniversary banquet. The banquet was held at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff on November 10, 2017. There were 29 tables of 8, most of which were filled by the time President Jason Koppen stood up to deliver opening remarks. Each table had a host who was a current student, graduate, or staff member of IBC. Also available at each table was a hot-off-the-press book providing an overview of the history of the school. An eye-pleasing banner presented a timeline of the ministry across the front of the banquet hall. Slides of the past, present, and projected future of IBC scrolled across several screens. The main address, presented by Dr. Koppen, also explored IBC’s past (God’s faithfulness), present (transformation of student lives) and future, (IBC’s 4 initiatives: Expansion [with plans for a new library], Accreditation [with one more phase to go to attain full accreditation], Extension [with extension classes currently being held at two locations on the Navajo and Hopi reservations], and Vocation [assisting students in creating their own business utilizing a reproducible model].
The program included contributions from several graduates: Daniel Esplin, current Director of Admissions, who led the music; Marlin Granger, 2005 graduate who closed the evening with prayer; Stephen Hunkup (2017), along with current students Joshua Ortiz and Samantha Coonh who shared their testimonies; and Christina Tree (2017) who assisted with the music . Opportunity was provided for attendees to contribute financially to the school either there or by taking home an envelope to be sent in at a later time. The attendees were generous and gracious, and more contributions continue to come in to the business office.
Flagstaff Christian Fellowship has been involved with IBC through helping provide staff since 1975 when Ed and Judy Young moved to Flagstaff with their family for the express purpose of studying at the school. Instead of becoming a student, however, Ed was put to work as an instructor. Pastor Stan Johnson taught classes in the 1990s as well as in 2002 and 2009. Pastor Dan Barton taught finance at the school 2010-2012. Pastor Steve Cole assisted with several classes as well as spoke in chapel . A number of FCF people were present at the banquet, including all those mentioned above, and several other interested individuals.
Several years ago FCF began supporting the school financially, as they continue to do today. FCF also supports Martha Gushee, a long-time member of FCF and full-time instructor at IBC since 1992.