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Ambassador Baptist College

“Now then, we are Ambassadors for Christ…” 2 Cor. 5:20

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Student Testimonies about ABC

John Bower

John Bower

Missions Major
Beaverton, OR

I grew up with six brothers and sisters in Portland, Oregon, living there for nineteen years before coming to college. Through my young life, I went to church regularly with my family. When I was seven years old, a friend told me that I needed to be saved by Jesus if I wanted to go to Heaven. In the back of his family's car, I believed in Christ for salvation.

After graduating from high school, the Lord worked in my life through an extended missions trip to show me that I should be a missionary Bible translator. I knew that I would need an education that would provide me with a firm Biblical foundation for God's service. I believe that coming to Ambassador Baptist College was the best choice I could have made to develop the Biblical principles that I use today and will continue to use in the future. The teaching and preaching that I have received at Ambassador have been crucial to my understanding of the authority of the Bible and the importance of the local church, as well as the further development of the Scriptural beliefs that I have been taught from my childhood. This has all been done by the excellent and personal care of my experienced pastors and teachers on the faculty of Ambassador. As a missions student, my favorite thing about Ambassador Baptist College is the philosophy of Missions that I have been taught and have developed and implemented as my own.

I know I will be able to continually grow as I further my education. Upon graduation, I plan to seek graduate level courses in which I will study the Biblical languages, Greek and Hebrew. Within the next several years, I hope to be heading to the mission field as a Bible translator.

In my free time, I am passionate about snowboarding; it is one of my favorite things to do while home on Christmas Break. I really like coffee including, growing, harvesting, roasting, and especially brewing. My two favorite foods at Ambassador are the Asian meals—orange chicken and the beef rice bowl—and the Mexican Fajitas.

Derek Banks

Derek Banks

Pastoral Major
Scottsville, VA

My name is Derek Banks, and I am from Scottsville, Virginia. I recently came to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of nineteen in June 2010. The thing I most enjoy about Ambassador Baptist College is the friendly family atmosphere. The professors here desire to help me in every possible way, which is a blessing to me. The major lesson I am learning at ABC is how I need to respond in circumstances and events that I encounter throughout each semester. My favorite meal served on campus is brunch on Saturdays, which includes pancakes, eggs, biscuits and gravy, french toast, chicken tenders, and bacon. It is a meal that will hold your appetite for hours!

I am not sure what God would have me to do after graduation except to serve in Berean Baptist Church here in Shelby, North Carolina. I enjoy playing sports including basketball and football.

Brooke Passarelli

Brooke Passarelli

Christian Elementary Education Major
Waterford, CT

I came to ABC from Waterford, CT. At the age of four, I accepted Christ as my Savior but received assurance of my salvation in my early teens. My favorite things about Ambassador are the passion for pleasing Christ, the emphasis on Scripture, the personable faculty and staff (who resemble a family support group), the focus on preaching, and the practical training. During my time at ABC, God has been working on my pride as He continues to show me my apathetic spirit, lovingly convicting me through the Bible to keep surrendering things to Him. Our beloved Dr. Childs would say, “Open Hands…” I love the Taco Salads made by our chef Mr. Dallas.

I am not positive what God has in store for me, but I believe it involves teaching in a Christian setting in the USA or abroad.

Karen Bontrager

Karen Bontrager

Music Major
Philadelphia, MO

I am from Philadelphia, MO, a small farming community of which most people have never heard. I was saved at the age of four and was reared in a godly Christian home. My home church was a tremendous influence in my life in many ways. As high school graduation neared, the big question on my mind was where to attend college. I was rebellious and wanted to do my own thing, even though I knew the Lord wanted me to use the gift of music He had given me for His glory and not my own. Many have asked me how I learned of ABC. Several people from my home church graduated from here and spoke highly of the music program, in which I was greatly interested. I have loved playing music—especially piano—since I was four, and I wanted a solid foundation in Biblical music. After visiting with my parents, we decided that I would enroll. At the end of Opening Revival, I surrendered myself completely to God and whatever His will would be for my life.

One of the major things I have learned throughout my years here is to totally depend on God and trust Him to provide for each little need. I have never had a school bill He has not paid, nor have I ever had to wonder where I would get money for gas. Relying on Him completely and praying specifically has transformed my life.

I plan to use what I have learned to teach piano lessons from my home and minister in a local church. I thank God for Ambassador Baptist College and the impact it has had on my life.

Jedediah Duarte

Jedediah Duarte

Missions Major
Cuiaba, Brazil

I grew up in a Christian home and was 5 years old when I asked the Lord to be my personal Savior. The Lord has brought me a long way here at ABC. The major lesson the Lord has been teaching me is that I need to be right now what I want to be in the ministry; if I am not faithful here, I will not be faithful in the ministry.

One of my favorite things about Ambassador is the family atmosphere between students and the teachers. My favorite meal in the cafeteria is orange chicken with rice. My favorite sport is soccer. I root for the best Brazilian three-time world champion soccer team, Sao Paulo FC.

I am not sure exactly where the Lord is leading me. I am burdened about the lack of conservative Christian music in Brazil. I also believe that the Lord will have me use soccer as a tool wherever He calls me.

Anna Vallier

Anna Vallier

Christian Elementary Education Major
Greer, SC

I was saved at the age of four on Easter Sunday and grew up in a Christian home.

I love and appreciate the faculty at Ambassador! They are truly here to pour their lives into and train us students, not just to give us an academic education. Not only are they great teachers (both in and out of the classroom), but they each have had many years of experience from which they can teach us even more. Secondly, ABC emphasizes the local church. Ambassador has gone the extra mile in allowing me to get involved and serve in my church which is over an hour away.

One of the biggest things God has taught me in college is that He is all I need. I praise God that He has completely provided for my school bill; therefore, I did not work a job my freshman or sophomore years. Because of all the “extra” time, I got involved at school in every way possible. I have also learned that volunteering for too many things can, and usually does, have a adverse effect. Through all of that and the circumstances that resulted, God has proved Himself as the all-sufficient One. I don’t need perfect parents, a boyfriend, perfect grades, and excellence in all my endeavors to be content. God alone is enough!

My favorite meal in the cafeteria is cheese-stuffed manicotti.

Graduating with an education degree, Lord-willing, I will be teaching in a Christian school for at least a year. I am completely open to whatever location God will direct. I pray that marriage to a pastor isn’t too far in the future!