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Tuesday, August 29, 2017




President’s Reception
Below are three of our ten new students for the fall semester. Each one enjoyed their opportunity to give their testimony over my live radio broadcast last Friday. They shared how they came to know the Lord and why they chose Florida Bible College. Anna Sanchez is from San Antonio, Texas, Allyson Adkins from Tampa, and Connor Proffitt from Arizona.

Allyson will have the honor to sing the National Anthem before the Ray’s Major League baseball game on September 5th.
Our women work hard representing the college. They keep hubbies teaching, plan the parties and teach the young ladies how to be godly women. Cindy Gilbert, Kay Myers, and Betty Arnold are three great ladies.
1977 was such a life changing time in mine and my family’s life! The Lord brought a God fearing man by the name of Pastor Lee Patton into our home. He played such a tremendous part in bringing my family into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We were so impressed with his sincere love and caring heart he had for us and anyone for that matter who needed Jesus! He is the Founder of Faith Bible church in San Antonio, Texas.  As time passed we attended Faith bible Church and became involved and grew spiritually.  Pastor Lee Patton and his Amazing wife, Irene, were greatly used of God to influence many individuals. The youth ministry (referred to as “Youth Ranch”) was the area that the Lord used in my life at the time. Later, Lee Patton introduced many of us high school students to a gentleman named Ralph “Yankee” Arnold, a close friend, who also attended Florida Bible College. “Yankee” at the time had a church, Christian School and college in Arvada, Colorado. In time, just watching and being a part of the wonderful work of God, I saw how He brought the youth from Lee Patton’s church and Yankee’s church together, through “Winter Camps“ in Colorado. These camps led me and several others to attend Colorado Bible College! This is where it all began for me and many others who attended. Little did we know of the amazing Journey that was about to begin!
Attending Colorado Bible College was one of the best decisions I ever made after trusting Christ as my Savior! I was only 18 years old and fresh out of high school. My parents were both believers and supported me fully in making this decision. The lessons I learned were priceless!  Pastor Ralph Arnold who was the President of the college and his amazing faculty played such a major role in my life. From the classes I attended, such as Personal Evangelism, Bible Doctrines, and Prophecy, working on the bus routes and in youth ministries, I gained strong godly character, self-discipline and dying to my own wants in order to see God be glorified.
Now 37 years later ,my daughter Anna (who is also 18), is taking that big step herself with the same excitement and vision In attending  Florida Bible College in Tampa, Florida from her home in San Antonio, Texas. I am so grateful to the Lord for her desire to grow spiritually. She will be taking the same classes I took and involved in the similar ministries I was in! I am so looking forward to encouraging her and walking with her through this new journey that I believe will produce GREAT rewards!  My prayer for her is in Colossians 1:9-14.
May the Lord continue to use Florida Bible College in Tampa to build strong disciples who are rock solid in biblical foundations and boldness in sharing the simplicity of the Gospel to a lost and dying world! 
The Lord Richly Bless you Pastor Ralph Arnold as you have blessed my family and I Know many others all around the world!
Aida Sanchez
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I would love to know that you are praying for us.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Appreciation letter from Dr. Ron Seecharan

August 19,2O17

Dear Dr. Yankee Arnold,

Greetings to you, your wife, Betty, and all the saints at Calvary Community Church, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Just a few lines to let you know how much we appreciate your prayers and support to Solid Rock International Ministries and Solid Rock Theological Seminary in India. Your support helps us in the great work of training men for the ministry.

So far, ln India, we have had 27 graduating classes with 603 graduates who are now serving the Lord throughout India, Burma and Nepal. These men are clear on the gospel and they are impacting thousands weekly with a clear gospel.

ln our extension seminaries in Trinidad, West Indies, Guyana, South America and St. Lucia in the Caribbean, we have had 130 who have earned their degrees in Theology and are serving the Lord there.

We remember when you and your wife, Betty, and Rev. Bob Gilbert visited us at our resident seminary in India in 2015 for our 25th commencement service. What a joy on the face of your wife, Betty, as she shared the gospel to hundreds of young boys and girls in the Sunday school after you preached the Word. We also remember Brother Bob and the wonderful ordination prayer he gave at our 25th graduation service as we ordained 8 of our graduates who were going full time into ministry.

Dr. Ron Seecharan, Bob Gilbert, Betty and Yankee Arnold

Dr. Yankee, I have known you for over 50 years when we were students at the old FBC campus at Grove Community in Miami, Florida. I thank the Lord for you and your faithfulness to Him, your clarity on the gospel and the fundamentals of the faith. You have lived by the book I can't wait to see what our spiritual family tree will be like at the judgment seat of Christ. (II Cor. 5:10)

I thank the Lord that you are now the president of Florida Bible College in Tampa. I also thank the Lord for the wonderful faculty that he has given to you to train and equip young men and women for full time gospel ministry. I highly recommend FBC and pray that many new students will enroll and attend in your new academic year. My wife Shireen and I look forward to visiting with you at a later date and sharing what God is doing in our ministry.
Yours for making Christ known

Dr. Ron R.Seecharan
Eph. 3:20

ALL CLASSES may be taken online, at a distance - but only by ADVANCE ARRANGEMENT.  If you need this service, please let us know immediately.
CLASSES begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning August 28th ("Life of Christ"), or 8:30 ("Personal Evangelism" or "NT Greek 1").  You will settle your schedules of classes at Registration.

Evening school classes are full-credit Bible College classes, you may choose, as well as the day classes:  Monday 7 pm - 8:50 pm, Science and the Bible; and/or Tuesday evening, same hours, Apologetics. You may register for these at the regular DAY registration.  Other (not day students) will simply come in the evening, to sign up. 

Encourage your friends to take a class or two! Some ladies may wish to take Mrs. Gilbert's "Women Teaching Women", at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.  (Remember the "online option".)
WE ARE EXCITED to see the beginning of this next semester!  See you soon!
Bob Gilbert, Registrar 
850-227-5325 (cell)
Immediately following the Sunday evening service on August 27th, our President's Reception will be a great time of meeting people and renewing old friendships.  Food is a part of it - all are expected to attend.  (Church attire).

Last week, Betty and I were having breakfast at Nickie's Restaurant, (few blocks from Calvary Community Church in Tampa) when Florida Governor, Rick Scott came in with a number of his friends. He came over to my table and we chatted very briefly. He asked about our church so I presented him with our gospel clear Heaven Tract. He was very kind and polite. He is truly a great governor doing a wonderful job for our state. Great way to start the day. Pray for our leaders, and especially President Donald Trump. The only thing he did wrong to the Democrats, the Lefties,  and the entrenched RINO Republicans was to win the election. He's guilty. That is his crime for which there is no forgiveness. Pray for him.

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.



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