Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 TEEN CAMP with Yankee & Jesse

About 40 years ago, I walked down the hallway of the Arvada Christian School. A young boy was about to enter his classroom when I placed my hand on his shoulder and said, “Young man, one day God is going to use you to shake the world”. About 25 years later, Greg Stier told me that he remembered this incident.

Greg graduated from our Christian School and went off to Bible College. After starting “Grace Church” with another fired up young man, Rick Long, he ventured into his present ministry called Dare 2 Share.

When Greg was in Lakeland, Florida, (6 years ago) he brought around 4,000 teenagers to my 70th birthday party. Well, I did have cake and ice cream at his Dare 2 Share meeting.
Only in eternity, will the impact of be known. The Lord has used Greg to bring the Gospel to hundreds of thousands young teens. I am very proud of Greg Stier’s passion for souls. God has used Greg to reach and train youth leaders across the United States.

Here is a brief testimony from Greg about our mutual vision to reach the lost for Christ.

“God has given me the privilege of equipping over a million teenagers to clearly share their faith through the ministry of Dare 2 Share. Our vision is 'every teen everywhere hearing the Gospel from a friend.' We are, by God’s grace, seeing unprecedented momentum as the Gospel spreads from teen to teen across the nation and around the world. And none of this would have been possible without Dr. Ralph “Yankee” Arnold. He reached my entire body-building, tobacco-chewing, beer-drinking, fist-throwing inner city family for Jesus. He equipped us to share the Gospel with clarity and confidence. And he inspired me to reach a generation of teenagers with the Gospel. I am so deeply grateful to the man God used to give me a burden for souls and the tools to reach them. Without Pastor Arnold's influence in my life I’m convinced Dare 2 Share wouldn’t exist today.” Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share.

I would also like to mention the man who played a great part in my Christian life. His name was Dr. A. Ray Stanford. He was the founder and president of the original Florida Bible College. He taught us the youth ministry, how to run camps for teenagers, and how to share the gospel.

Jesse and Kyla Martinez work with our youth here at Calvary. Pastor Jesse is a graduate of Florida Bible College of Tampa. A properly run Ranch (youth meetings) and camps are the key tools in producing leaders. Many times people have said, “If I had the workers Yankee has, I could build a great ministry too.” My answer is, “We use our church, ranch, and camps to build our workers.” Greg Stier attended our camps, our youth ministry, and our church. Ministries are for the purpose of building laborers for the harvest.

We do have online classes for those who cannot come to our facilities here. However, we strongly believe that the best way to learn the ministry is to be in the ministry. Our college gives students this very opportunity. It is more caught that taught. You must see it done and be involved.

Many FBC grads brought teens from across America to attend the Christian Youth Ranch Summer Conference that was held by the Florida Bible College. Students had to see the place, feel the excitement, hear the Jim Tingen Story, and learn the joy of serving the Lord.

Florida Bible College of Tampa is a continuation of this great heritage. Here is how you can play a part in preparing young men for the youth ministry.

1.      Help send or bring some young teenager to our Summer Camp.

2.      No money-no problem. We trust the Lord to supply our needs. Living by faith is living by the confidence that others have in what you are doing.

3.      Hook-ups are available for parents to bring RV's (30 & 50) amps. (No additional charge for RV hook-up), and no children under 13. All children must room with campers.ok-ups are available for parents to bring RV's (30 & 50) amps. (No additional charge for RV hook-up), and no children under 13. All children must room with campers.
4.   Give yourself to prayer that scholarship funds could be afforded to students who desire a good Bible education at Florida Bible College but lack the funds.

5.      Recommend FBC of Tampa to those you know that want to learn the youth ministry.

FOR the online REGISTRATION and MEDICAL form and information CLICK HERE.
2018 Teen Camp will be held at 

Dr. Ralph 'Yankee' Arnold, Pastor
Calvary Community Church of Tampa
4811 George Rd.
Tampa, Fla. 33634
cell 706-255-5618

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dr. Wally Morillo will be our keynote speaker at 2018 Missions Conference

A Florida Bible College Reunion that's

Dr. Wally Morillo (also an Florida Bible College graduate) will be one of our keynote speakers during our Missions Conference October 21-24, 2018. Wally also gave a wonderful and encouraging testimony at our Florida Bible College graduation last May. I had the privilege of meeting Jane and Wally in 1964.  After he married Jane Stanford, they moved to Pharr, Texas and started the Christian Youth Ranch, Summer Camps, and the Grace Community Church. Last year they celebrated their 50th year of marriage and ministry. Congratulations to a great and faithful servant of the Lord. Wally has also given our students an additional opportunity to learn the camp ministry by allowing them to serve for the last 4 years as counselors at his Spring Camp.


Dear Yankee, "Thank you for the opportunity of being a part of the Florida Bible College of  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 a great graduation."

Pastor Wally Morillo Nahum 1:7

Dear Yankee and all at Calvary Community Church,

We want to thank you for the invitation to your next mission's conference in October 2018.  We were planning on our next furlough and had made tentative plans to visit the State between June and August, but we have now changed our plans to visit our supporting churches between August and October, so as to be able to be with you. Thank you so much for your part in the ministry here in North France.  
In Christ,
Greg and Judy Sirmons

From Freddie Coile:

Dr. Arnold and the good folks at Calvary,

The longer I go for the Lord, the more I appreciate fellowship and the power of shared beliefs. The Missions Conference at Calvary has filled a great need for refreshment and has been a big breath of fresh air in my lungs. It has helped sustain me in the race of serving the Lord. We who hold a clear gospel message of grace and faith are not always respected or treated fairly in the world. As you know, sometimes we fit like a round peg in a square hole, even among church people. How nice to look around at the conference and see so many round pegs!
We have been taught by the Lord to appreciate a cup of water given in the name of Jesus. How much more have we been blessed by you as we eat and enjoy your care and accommodations. How often I have looked back on memories of conversations and encouraging times together at George Road or nearby restaurants.

Thanks so much for believing in our mission of preaching the gospel and growing leaders to advance the gospel. You are wise stewards investing in eternal endeavors. You are difference-makers. Thanks so much for your monthly support and the care that is always present when I am with you. It is so obvious that Calvary loves its missionaries and wants to encourage and supply them to stay strong and go into all the world for the gospel. God bless you for the impact of your ministry.
For more to know the Lord,
Freddie Coile, President, Focus Evangelistic Ministries, Inc.

From Joe Potter
The church people were so thrilled that we came to the conference!  We were thrilled to actually have a multi-day conference to fellowship, swap stories, develop prayer partners and share our hearts with these delightful people and our respected missionary friends.  Our being in a foreign culture punctuates the value of the liberating gospel message, so we were pleased to be able to share from the heart. 

We were genuinely encouraged, delighted and equipped to carry on our work.   Calvary threw down the red carpet.  The culinary arts were top notch, all of our needs were abundantly provided and financial gifts on top of that wonderful. The knowledge of being able to share the gospel and influence others for our Savior and LORD and all that being multiplied by radio programming and hopefully turn other’s eyes to God’s Harvest…well, Praise God indeed.   
To God be the Glory, Great things He has done,  Joe and Terri Potter

Charlie Bing from

Charlie Bing:
It's a pleasure to write this testimony about Calvary's Missions Conference:

When I am at Calvary Community Church's mission’s conference I feel as if I have their full support. To them, missions are not just a program that the church is supposed to have, but a calling and command from God. Missionaries and their ministries are front and center for the people to see. Then the church backs up their commitment with a generous financial contribution to each missionary. Everything is done first class from the music, messages, and worship to the delicious meals. I look forward to unique fellowship with the other missionaries, the church, and the Bible college students. 

Charlie Bing

Louis Hernandez is a graduate of Tampa Bay Bible College that was started by Dr. Hank Lindstrom. Louis is one of our new missionaries. Louis travels to many different countries with Doctors giving medical aid while he gives spiritual aid from the Word of God. Louis also is a Gideon representative, Director of Friday night soul-winning, and a FBC professor. 

THE LORD IS DOING A MARVELOUS WORK AT CALVARY AND WE WANT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. We have a schedule coming soon that will highlight the various speakers, topics, and workshops. There will be plenty of time to fellowship with missionaries and alumni. This reunion is different because it's not about us, but the MISSION which we have been entrusted. This is truly a Meeting with a Mission, and we want and need you to rejoice together with those who are still of like mind. The great commission has not been cancelled. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Dr. James Scudder (graduate of Florida Bible College) has been used of God to built a great testimony to the power of God in North Chicago. Everything they deem necessary to accomplish, it's always first class and God honoring. Let's make this years' conference the best ever. I hope to see you there. Pastor Ralph "Yankee" Arnold.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

New Sign for Florida Bible College of Tampa

Special thanks to Phil and Kay Myers for their contribution to purchase the "New Sign" that has been placed on our gymnasium. The doors are open.

Dr. Hank Lindstrom built this beautiful gymnasium for the Tampa Bay Bible College around 1987. It contained a full kitchen, choir room, youth room, multiple classrooms and full length gym. We are very grateful to Dr. Lindstrom for having this long range vision. There are no mortgages on any of our property or buildings. This enables us to give our students a great Bible education at a very reasonable cost.

Hank and I met in 1964 at the Florida Bible College in Miami. We worked in church, ranch, and many camps together for over 40 years. Although Tampa Bay has closed and Hank has transferred to glory over 10 years ago, it remained the dream of Calvary Community Church to once again use these precious facilities for the  continuation of our old Alma Mater, the "Florida Bible College" here in Tampa.

Florida Bible College may not be for everyone. We are not a reform school. We are not designed to prepare someone on how to make money, or on how to fulfill their dreams. We desire to train young people on the art of soul-winning. We desire to teach the word of God to those who crave the will of God. FBC is not designed to waste time or to waste lives. Only serious students need to apply. 

Last semester, I taught Personal Evangelism. After teaching the story of "Lazarus and the Rich Man" from Luke 16, students were to write on the need to witness. This was written by our new student from Arizona, Connor Proffitt. 


Witnessing should be the most important purpose in a Christian's life. But why? Is it because we simply should? Nothing wrong with a reason such as that. Or is it because the Lord commands it? Again, absolutely nothing wrong with that motive. So, what is another motive that should drive the Christian, as to why he or she should witness to the lost man? Could it be where this individual will spend eternity, if they aren’t reached with the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

So often, we as Christians can be so easily beset on the things of this world, that we forget that there is a literal fire burning hell where all the lost will go when they die. For example, the person we walk past in the mall, or grocery store – that person has purpose to God; the one who was crucified on a cross to die for their sins, because he didn’t want them to spend an eternity separated from him in a particular place prepared for the Devil and his angels. Hell, according to the Bible, is a place of eternal darkness, torment, flames, loneliness, and separation from all that is good! We as Christians need to share this SIMPLE message of the gospel of Christ when an opportunity presents itself, or we ourselves simply can make one happen.

Imagine all the souls that can be plucked from the flames of hell. Christ even said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” What shame and heartbreak to all Christians, that could have given the gospel, but said, “No!” In 1 Billion years, a man in hell will still be there. With no purpose. The greatest purpose we have as Christians is to share the gospel, to where a man doesn’t have to experience an eternal place of uselessness. That man was made for Heaven. So, what a joy it truly is to lead a soul to the Lord; knowing that they are spending an ETERNITY in bliss, joy, love, peace, and fellowship with the Lord in paradise. All because a child of God took 4-5 min out of their day, to share that good news of eternal life in Christ.

Satan on the other hand, is doing all he can to convince the Christian to quit on giving such a message! The devil knows he’s going to spend an eternity in hellfire but wants to bring as many people with him as possible. The story of the rich man in hell, for example, is such a gripping one. Jesus is literally describing the experiences and conversations of this man in hell. The torments, the cries, the anguish of this man seem almost unfathomable. But unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do for him, for all eternity. His last cries are even for his family to be reached with the gospel, so they themselves do not end up in this eternal abode of the lost. Therefore, why should we as Christians seek out the lost with the gospel? It is an obvious one! So, the lost person won’t end up in an eternal hellfire of misery and woe! Time is running out as the seconds run down. So, we as believers, best hurry!

Connor Proffitt
(reached by Jack Weaver)

At one time, this was the main motivating force in studying the word of God, maintaining a disciplined life, or building ministries. A Christian with great character, but without compassion to win the lost, serves only as a beautiful ornament to be seen.

Plan now for this fall
Do you have a teenager that’s interested in learning the youth ministry, call our registrar at Bob Gilbert, Registrar   850-227-5325 (cell) 

Florida Bible College of Tampa
4811 George Road
Tampa, FL  33634
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Christian Youth Ranch Memories of 50 years ago

Christian Youth Ranch
Betty and I were married in 1960. In 1968, I graduated from Florida Bible College and took my family to Denver, Colorado. June will be exactly 50 years ago. Times sure pass swiftly when you're having fun. We have had plenty.


My wife decided to go through her old cedar chest and found some pictures I haven’t seen in over 40 years. My daughter is now 56 and my son was 28 when he graduated to glory 25 years ago last month. My youngest son, Eddie, was born in 1971. Hope you don’t mine going back in time for a moment
Around 1970, I gathered a few of our Ranch kids, built a booth, and put on a “Firehouse Five” program in the middle of the street. We would sing, people would come, and we would give them the gospel. It worked. After playing fast songs to break the ice with new kids, we would sing slower devotional type songs to prepare them for the Bible study. We brought kids in in cars and then vans. Eventually, we were running 10-12 buses every Thursday night. We reached a high of over 960 in our teenage Bible study. Several hundred went to Florida Bible College in Hollywood, FL. and Colorado Bible College in Arvada.

Our number one goal was to give the gospel clear and simple where kids could understand it the first time they came. We would average 5-15 trusting the Lord every week.

The large picture below was one of our roller skating Ranch nights that brought out over 450. These are the youth meetings that many have heard about from Greg Stier of the Dare 2 Share organization that has reached about ½ million teenagers. (
The Florida Bible College of Tampa is recreating an environment for young men and women to learn ministries that work by ministers that produced results.
Do you have a teenager that’s interested in learning the youth ministry, call our registrar at Bob Gilbert, Registrar   850-227-5325 (cell)
Florida Bible College of Tampa
4811 George Road
Tampa, FL  33634