ORLANDO, FL — Florida Bible College is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the announcement of its formal name change to Clarity Christian College.
Florida Bible College was founded in 1962 by A. Ray Stanford. He and his wife, Sue, had a vision for reaching people with the gospel’s accuracy, clarity, and urgency. They knew men and women needed to be trained with accurate Bible teaching and practical ministry tools to fulfill this vision.
With the same determination to maintain the foundation set forth by its founders in the face of shifting world dynamics, drifting doctrinal integrity, and ambiguous gospel messages, its organizational leaders knew a name change was needed. And they believe that Clarity Christian College is the name that anchors the ministry with better clarity to that foundation while pointing it to its vision and the future.
“Clarity” is what the school has stood for, taught, and demonstrated for 60 years—more than its location name. Clarity is what the apostle Paul stated was necessary for speaking truth, “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.” 1 Corinthians 14:8,9). And is what the leaders used when presenting the Word of God to the people of Israel, “[They] helped the people to understand the Law…So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.” (Nehemiah 8:7b, 8).
“Christian” epitomizes the college as being distinctly committed “to the faith once delivered to the saints” and will carry the same Biblical foundational emphasis in each course the school has since its beginning, including a major in Bible with the same amount of Bible credits. Clarity Christian College equips people for Christian ministry with a double major without being a liberal arts college.
“College” represents at all academic level’s students will be equipped to be effective in their ministry calling by providing the Church with skilled servant leaders to take God’s Word correctly, clearly, compassionately, courageously, consistently, and cheerfully into every person’s world.
“Our vision and mission are the same today as it was 60 years ago,” says Clarity Christian College President Dr. Stan Ponz. “We will draw from those lessons the Lord has taught us in our 60 years of ministry training to pursue new opportunities He presents to us – opportunities to reach and change the world for God’s glory!”
For more information on Clarity Christian College and its formal name change, visit ClarityChristianCollege.com.