Friday, August 18, 2017

“FEAST OF TRUMPETS” part 1 of 2


This is a timely message to share concerning the “FEAST OF TRUMPETS

Part 2 will be available by 7pm on Sunday
August 20, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MISSIONS…Sharing the Ultimate Gift

“MISSIONS…Sharing the Ultimate Gift”


"51st Homecoming Anniversary"

Join us for our 3rd Annual Missionary Conference


Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold, Pastor     Office phone 813-884-4328

4811 George Road Tampa, Florida 33634

The late Dr. Hank Lindstrom founded the church 51 years ago. Our commitment to missions is one of our ways of honoring his legacy. Dr. Lindstrom was one of the greatest missionaries to graduate from Florida Bible College.

Open to all. If you have ever been a part of the ministry of Calvary Community Church, come celebrate with us. There will be recognition of special guests, missionaries from around the world, special guest speakers, and third-Sunday dinner for all at no charge.

Dr. Ralph "Yankee" Arnold (Host Pastor)

Helping to raise funds for missionaries is one of things in the Lord's work that I truly enjoy the most. I pray that you will join me by attending and supporting our Mission Fund for these Florida Bible College 'clear gospel missionaries'. The first service begins on Sunday morning at 10:30. We will have a huge "Third Sunday Dinner" in our gymnasium to kick off our Third Missions Conference. It's just like having a great family reunion. You are all invited.



Dr. Thomas and Sue Cucuzza

Dr. Cucuzza trusted Christ as his Savior at Florida Bible College on August 2, 1972. He attended Florida Bible College 1973-1977. He graduated in 1977 with a B.A. Degree in Biblical Studies.

Tom served as Jr. High Youth Director at Palmetto Bible Chapel under Jack Weaver from Spring 1974-1977. During that time he served as a Deacon and Elder. In May 1977, he was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in at Palmetto Bible Chapel, Perrine Fla. Tom served as Associate Pastor and also Sr. High Youth Director at Palmetto Bible Chapel until 1978.

Tom moved to Arvada, Colorado in the fall of 1978 and taught 6th Grade at Arvada Christian School, a ministry of Colorado Bible Church. He became a deacon at Colorado Bible Church, worked the bus ministry, and learned under Dr. Ralph Arnold, Pastor.

Tom married Sue in June 1979 and moved to Minnesota in June, 1981. Within 2 weeks he started St. Cloud Bible Church, which later became Northland Bible Baptist Church, its current name. Dr. Cucuzza was also the founding Principal of Northland Christian School, from 1987 to the present.

Dr. Cucuzza’s Ministries include:

·       Voice of Assurance radio program, which can be heard in Minnesota on 3 radio stations and also worldwide on the internet at

·       Has an extensive media ministry, reaching all over the world, including Europe, China, Australia, Africa, Japan, Canada, and many other nations, where our messages are being used by churches, Bible studies, and Prisons.

·       Men of God men’s ministry with a curriculum that is developed to train local church men to be spiritual leaders in the church, home, and workplace.

·       Directs a Family Camp each August.

·       Director/teacher of a local television program “Truth for Living” from 1982-2001.

Dr. Cucuzza is an adjunct faculty member at Dayspring Bible College and Seminary in Mundelein, IL, an also serves on the Board of Trustees.

He has preached in Crusades in India, lectured at Solid Rock Theological Seminary in India and Trinidad, and helped in training pastors in Thailand.

He has written several books and booklets: “Secure Forever! God’s Promise or Our Perseverance?” “The Permanence of Salvation”, “Faith without Works is Dead-What Does It Mean?” “Repentance - Its Meaning and Application”, “How to Be Sure You Are Going To Heaven”, and “The ALLs of Salvation”.

Dr. Cuccuza has been married to Sue for 38 years. They have 3 married daughters and 7 grandchildrenJ.

Here is a list of Missionaries/Missions supported through Calvary Community Church

Mrs. Peggy Sperling -- Missionary to China

Peggy was in the first graduating class of Colorado Bible College. Jon is the in-country Director for Asia. Peggy has a wonderful soul-winning ministry to the women in China. Her focus is on marriage, parenting, and relationships.

Dr. Birbal Boodram and his wife Annette

Dr. Boodram is a graduate of Florida Bible College and doing a wonderful work for the Lord in Trinidad. He is the founder of the Trinidad Bible Institute where several hundred graduates have also been trained in the clarity of the gospel.

George and Linda Heckman of New Tribes Mission

George is also a graduate of Colorado Bible College. He and Linda have been with New Tribes for over 35 years. They faithfully hold the ropes while other missionaries are going over the edge of civilization to reach those that are dangling over the flames of Hell.

Evangelist Freddie Coile

Freddie is an FBC grad whose messages are powerful, truthful, doctrinal, and spiritually convicting. I have no reservations in recommending him to any church as a man of God  who is well versed in the scriptures.

Dr. Charlie Bing of Grace-Life Ministries

Dr. Charlie Bing is being used by the Lord to not only reach the lost but to disciple many pastors around the globe on the clarity of the gospel. He has preached the gospel to over 10,000 people and he helped train at least 2,000 pastors and church workers to contend for the faith

Bruce and Jackie Campbell Missionary -- Thailand

Bruce trusted the Lord at the West Coast Youth Ranch and attended Florida Bible College. He has served over 10 years in Hong Kong, 5 years in China and in Thailand for the last 5 years. He is a missionary that is worthy of support.


Pastor Matt Floyd is Planting a New Church  in Florida City, Florida

Matt is a graduate of Dayspring Bible College that was founded by Dr. James Scudder. Matt is the son of Mike Floyd who was head of the college for many years and a graduate of Florida Bible College. Matt started a new church called Calvary Baptist Church. Matt and I joined with Dr. Ron Seecharan in India to speak at the Solid Rock Theological Seminary.
Dr. Ron Seecharan is one of the great missionaries from Florida Bible College to the people of India. His Bible Institute has trained over 500 graduates. We are proud to support works like this.
100% of all mission giving is used for meeting the needs of our missionaries. Would you like to have a part?

We believe that supporting Florida Bible College of Tampa will help produce more missionaries on the clarity of the Gospel. We want to take this opportunity to invite all the Florida Bible College Alumni to attend and partner with us in the World's Greatest Challenge of winning souls by supporting missions.

Greg Sirmons is also a graduate of Florida Bible College and has been serving in France for many years. We should not forget those who have gone to foreign countries to serve the Lord. 
Joe and Terri Potter are Florida Bible College graduates and served many years in South America. They are back in America stirring up disciples for the Lord's work.  
It will certainly be a blessing to have a "STAR" missionary like Mark and Terry Barnes to also attend and speak for us this year.
January 1985 to March 2006
Missionaries to Papua New Guinea, Mission school teachers at Numonohi Christian Academy, and Bible Teacher / Mentor / Discipleship
August 2006 to present serving as the West Florida Representatives for New Tribes Mission

Everyone is invited to attend.

Meals will be provided on Sunday morning and Monday-Wednesday evening. If you are planning on dining with us (at no charge), please call the church office at 813-884-4328 so we may better serve you.

Rev. Richard Haynes was definitely a "Man on a Mission". Dick graduated from Florida Bible College and although he didn't cross the ocean to be a missionary, he, without a doubt, was a missionary with a heart. One of his last heroic acts was driving teenagers to Georgia Camp while he was half dead. Dick did not know how to slow down, take it easy, or stop. God bless his wonderful testimony.

Let's keep running the race until there is nothing left to give.



Email comments to me at

4811 George Road Tampa, Florida 33634

Contact Bob Gilbert at  or Cell 727-488-6219 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Yankee goes to Jordan and Israel

Yankee goes to Jordan and Israel

Although I have been to Israel 6 times before, I longed to go to Petra in Jordan. I was given the opportunity to travel with Bill Bunkley and his wife, Toni. My wife, Betty, insisted I go. Bill is the radio talk show host for Salem Communications here in Tampa. There were 42 in our group. I was given the privilege to speak at many sites.  
We landed in Ammon, Jordan and went to Mount Nebo where Moses saw into the promise land. We then drove south to Petra where I believe the remnants of Israel will flee when the antichrist breaks the peace treaty with Israel, destroys the new temple, and seeks to annihilate all the Jewish people. I did not know that Petra was over 100 square miles.

I felt that if Indiana Jones could come here, so could I. It was amazing that all those decorative columns behind me were carved out of one solid rock. Several in our group were in their eighties and several were over 75 (including me). We traveled on new beautiful buses by excellent drivers.

We are standing on Masada with the Dead Sea behind us.
The man with his hands on his knees, is in charge of the Israelis military forces on the Golan Heights. He explained that Lebanon (behind us) was part of Iran. He allowed several of the kids (and me of course) to climb upon the tank. We really felt save knowing that these two Israeli girls were helping to protect us. Within minutes two UN security patrols showed up and two Israeli jeeps with soldiers arrived. The very next day, these very roads were blocked and two Israeli jets bombs some areas within miles of where we were. We were about 40 miles from Damascus, Syria.  My daughter, Trina, heard some of this on the news and was concerned about her Pappy. You are saver in Israel than any place on earth.

Friday was the last day of the Muslim Ramadan. About 300,000 were expected on the Temple Mount to pray at the mosque with the gold dome. Thousand of Israeli police were visibly present at all eight gates. I was so excited to be there on Israel's
50th anniversary of the June war of 1967.

When I came to Israel for the first time in 1985 with Dr. Hank Lindstrom, we both ran up to the Eastern Gate and literally touch it. Why? Because we could.

Eze 44:1  Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
Eze 44:2  Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. These sepulchers will not stop the coming Messiah.

Bill assisted me while I baptized 20 people that day in the Jordan River. Coming to Israel is more than a vacation, it is a pilgrimage experience. You can see the Temple Mount and the Eastern Wall in the background. Bill and his wife Toni (standing to the right) were terrific tour host.

Sharing the gospel is always the highlight of any trip. When I asked these young Jewish men how would they recognize their Messiah, they said they did not know. I ask if I could tell them and they responded with great interest. Just keep sowing seeds as you go through life. 

Somehow, riding a camel does not seem like a thing John Wayne would do. Fun though.

Quite, peaceful, contemplation on the Sea of Galilee is what coming to Israel is all about. It is one thing to stand where Jesus stood, and to walk where Jesus walked, but in my spiritual life, do I stand as I ought to stand, and do I walk the path my Lord wants me to walk on a daily basis.

I am planning on another trip around the first 10 days in January 2018. Please email me if you are interest.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017









I am blessed to travel to Israel on June 16th til the 25th with our Tampa based Salem Communication’s talk show host, Bill Bunkley and 40 more.
We all met at Calvary Community Church for a group think session and a group picture. Bill, Kevin Rexroad, and I will be sharing speaking times.
I’m excited to speak at: Petra, Jericho, Mt. of Beatitudes, Jordon River Baptismal Site, Mt. Carmel, Bethlehem, and communion service at Gordon’s Garden Tomb.

Friday evening, May 12th, we held our 1st commencement for the Florida Bible College of Tampa.

On Saturday morning, May 13, Betty and I flew to Minnesota to conduct a funeral service for a good friend of 50 years, Jim Smith. There was about 15-20 that indicated they would trust Christ as Savior.
Sunday morning, May 14th, I spoke for Pastor Lance Edminster (my grandson in the faith) of the Good News Bible Church in Cohasset.
When I return from Israel, I will have two days before I fly to Chicago to speak at the Grace Conference at Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church.
July 10-14, I will attend our Christian Youth Ranch Summer Camp in Fitzgerald, Ga. No charge for teens between 9th and 12 grade. Call Peter Amato or Jesse Martinez at 813-884-4328 for info or go to:
Does your life ever seem like you’re living a dream? It sure does for me. As I thought upon my life that is passed, it seem like a dream. As I contemplate the future, it too seems like a dream. Two weeks ago, on a Saturday  morning, I sat down at the piano and wrote this song. That Sunday night, I ran it by the “Firehouse Five” and we sung it for the church. Hope you like it. Click HERE.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Florida Bible College "Graduation of 2017"



Click here to here our song"

Click any picture to enlarge

Dr. David Peterson (left) was our first commencement speaker.
His presentation was spot on. David was an FBC graduate and
a founding member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Wally Morillo (also an Florida Bible College graduate)
gave a wonderful and encouraging  testimony.

Dear Yankee, "Thank you for the opportunity of being a part of the
FBC Tampa graduation, it was a huge blessing. I was impressed with
the caliber of the graduates, they were well trained and it showed
when they came to our camp and ministered. You are doing a great job
and I am also very impressed with the workers that work with you. It
was great graduation."
Pastor Wally Morillo Nahum 1:7

Click to view our first commencement

Great banquet

Former FBC alumni shared the moment with our graduates.
Our fellowship in the gospel of grace was tremendous.

Bob Brookes (left), Bob Gilbert (center), and Peter Amato (right)
are the backbone of our college. These men love the Lord and the
gospel of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord.

 ABOVE: Justin Fields                                          Tyler Hamby
BELOW: Jesse Martinez                                    Kyla Martinez
                                                          (putting hubby thru degree)


WE are looking for a few good men (and women) to fill the ranks.
For more information concerning Florida Bible College,
call Peter Amato ,dean of the college, at 813-884-4328.

I was privileged to meet Wally at Florida Bible College in Miami in 1964.
He married Jane Stanford and move to Pharr, Texas. He started a Christian
Youth Ranch, Summer Camps, and the Grace Community Church. He is
celebrating his 50th year of marriage and ministry. Congratulations to a
great and faithful servant of the Lord. It was an honor for Florida Bible
College of Tampa.