Online Bible CollegeAbout
Jessica Collins & Peter Chi
Stewards of OBC
Jessica is the daughter of Founder, David Collins. She and her husband Peter took the mantle of stewards in 2018 from Paul & Bunty to bring the OBC to a new generation. Their vision is to propel the fulfilment of the great commission to teach the gospel areas where traditional methods won’t work.
Paul & Bunty Collins
Former Stewards of OBC
Paul & Bunty Collins have been active in ministry for over 50 years and have extensive experience on the mission fields of South East Asia, seeing thousands respond to the Gospel. They have held leadership training, short-term schools in numerous countries, such as Australia, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong. In 1980, at the height of the great harvest in Indonesia, they trained 10,000 new pastors which contributed a major impact upon the church in Indonesia
Karenna & Sombet Dakotah
Directors of OBC Thailand
Karenna and Dakhota were married in 2012. Together they continue the ministry in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a strong vision for evangelism, teaching and discipleship training. They are the OBC Directors for Thailand including the OBC Thai Campus.
Visionary & Founder (1962 - 2006)
God charged David with creating a boundless platform to share the Word and convicted him to have no barriers to entry. As such, the Online Bible College was birthed. Over the years David grew a team and grew the platform. His life cut short and went with the Lord in 2007, and the OBC was passed on to his parents. His legacy lives through the studies.
It’s a hot summer in 1998. Somewhere in Newcastle, New South Wales, a young missionary hunched over his keyboard has just launched Online Bible College
(OBC). This is my father, David.
David had spent his whole life travelling with his family, teaching and sharing the gospel around Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma and, finally, Hong Kong, where he met my mother and I grew up.
Travelling had taught him one thing: There were always people hungry for the Word of God. He also loved technology. Both passions intersected, and he knew that one day, using the internet, he would teach and evangelise because one day, the internet would be accessible to everyone. Right now, it was still in its infancy. In the very same year Google launched, Apple released their multicoloured iMacs and AOL was the hottest internet provider.
Dad’s mission is simple: to reach the whole world with quality, in-depth teaching designed to ground the student in the Gospel. The first Bible College for the digital age.
In one year, OBC takes off. Students are enrolling and love the freedom to study the courses at their own pace and depth. David moves into an office with his team, which includes his wife and his parents. He hires teachers to speak with students. The team develops partnerships with physical Bible colleges to allow students of OBC to earn accreditations after completing courses.
One night, God speaks to David: ‘Freely you have received, freely you shall give’. David knows this means removing the enrolment fees charged to students. This marks a new season of OBC. Despite this being the only source of income for his staff and his growing family of three young children, he chooses to step out in faith.
The effects are immediate. Enrolments surge across the globe, graduates from Myanmar want to start a live school, almost 1,000 students graduate in one year and David and his parents juggle fundraising and development. OBC is growing despite the financial strain, and it is clear the Lord is providing.
Nearly seven years pass, with David working non-stop. Looking at the photos, he is a different person. And particularly noticeable is his loss of weight. I remember him commenting on his constant tiredness. He decides to see a doctor.
The doctor tells him that he has terminal cancer.
I am blown away by God’s faithfulness throughout the seasons
DAVID COLLINS – FOUNDER OF OBC
Statement of Faith
Our faith is the foundation upon which our life is built. In Matthew 7:24, Jesus declares:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
In a similar vein, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:11:
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
We believe in God the Father, the Ancient of Days, who is not aloof from human history but who, through various covenants, has initiated relationship with mankind, and to whom we have now been reconciled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. Because of Jesus Christ, we too can now call God “Father.”
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His deity, His virgin birth, that He died, was buried and on the third day rose back to life, that He ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. We believe that He is the eternal Son of God, for whom and by whom all things were created.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit (as the third Person of the triune God) proceeded from the Father and the Son, and is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son.
The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, as contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as the sole revelation of the mind and will of God, and we accept them in their original form as the divine Word of God.
We believe that the Devil, through temptation and deception, initiated the downfall of man and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and to hinder the further spread of the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Justification by Faith
We believe that it is impossible to attain salvation through self-effort, but that through simply believing in the atoning death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in acting out that faith through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the remission of all our sins, reconciliation with God and the gift of eternal life. We hold that the believer has an eternal salvation secured in Christ
Baptism in Water
We believe in fulfilling the command of Jesus to baptize believers into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and that this baptism is symbolic of our death, burial and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work on the Cross.
We believe it is the glorious privilege of every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the blood of Christ and the Word of God. A believer cannot be justified by works, but evidences that justification through works empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, made up of all who have believed on the Lord Jesus and received the salvation of the Cross, and that this Church will come to the full expression of unity that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the prayer of Jesus Christ in John 17
The Lord's Supper
We believe, in accordance with the command of the Lord Jesus, that we should celebrate this ordinance in remembrance of the atoning work of Christ and as an act of fellowship together.
The Return of Christ
We believe in the physical second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, returning as He ascended, with power and majesty, to judge the dead and the living. Those not found in the Book of Life will be consigned to everlasting separation from God, described in the Scriptures as the Second Death. Those found in the Book of Life will enter into the glorious presence of God.