Online Bible CollegeAbout
Meet the Team
Jessica Collins Chi
PRINCIPAL & CEO
Jessica is the daughter of Founder, David Collins. She has taken on the mantle of stewarding this ministry in an ever evolving digital age. Her vision is to propel the fulfillment of the great commission to teach the
gospel areas where traditional methods won’t work and to see communities impacted for God’s Kingdom.
Paul & Bunty Collins
HONORARY PRESIDENTIAL TEAM
Paul & Bunty Collins have been active in ministry for over 50 years and have extensive experience on the mission fields of SouthEast 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. Paul went to be with the Lord March 2023.
Nang San Hlaing
OBC Myanmar was started by Pastor Rev. Dr. Saw Aung Than Hnit as director and his wife Rev. Dr. Nang San Hlaing as principal. They translated the OBC Courses into the Burmese language. There are over 5,600 Burmese people who are studying OBC and over 2,300 graduates worldwide. Pastor Saw was called to be with the Lord in 2021 but the mission is still the same and it’s even prospering and expanding under the management and leadership of God through Rev. Dr. Nang San Hlaing, his wife. OBC Myanmar is powered by the mission in 1 Timothy 2:4 to be the ambassadors for the furtherance of the Gospel.
OBC TAMIL AND SINHALA
Dr Pastor Naveneethan lives in Srilanka Kilinochchi with his wife Priyad and two children. He is a graduate from OBC and is now the Director of OBC Tamil and Sinhala Campus. He and His team have translated material. His vision through Matthew 28:20 is to equip Tamil and Sinhala Christians globally. He has pioneered cohorts in Sri Lanka, India, Germany, Italy and Dubai.
OBC LATIN AMERICA
As a Pastor and missionary in Latin American countries for over 20 years, Aron and his wife and two children lead the OBC Latin American Campus with a vision to reach the Spanish speaking community.
OBC GUANA, AFRICA
Reverend Father Moses Alfred is an Anglican missionary in Ghana with his wife, Evang. Lilly and their daughters, Grace and Naomi.
He is a graduate of OBC and is now committed to helping others achieve the same in a WhatsApp group with over one hundred participants and over forty studying at various levels in the OBC’s Biblical Studies programme. He is working on establishing OBC bible clubs in Secondary & Tertiary institutions and Prisons.
Karenna & Sombet Dakotah
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.
FOUNDER (1962 - 2006)
Author of the OBC curriculum, God charged David with creating a boundless platform to share the Word and convicted him to have no barriers to entry. His life cut short and went with the Lord in 2006 at the age of 43. His eldest daughter has taken hold of his vision. David’s legacy lives through the studies and the lives impacted.
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 that there is but one God, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible, revealed in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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.