It all started in 1983 when Apostle Theo Wolmarans spearheaded
what has now become one of the largest and fastest growing bible
colleges in the world. Apostle Theo appointed Ps Bob Daniels
as the first dean of the bible college, where a handful of students
would come to study five times a week for a year, under his guidance.
Ps Smiley Papenfus was then handed the baton and began the Layman’s School of Training. Although the curriculum was kept, slight adaptations were made. This avid golf player introduced a golf course model into Bible College by substituting courses for “holes”. Students were given a map of a golf course which would direct them from course to course. Live courses as well as tape correspondence courses were introduced.
The Bible College further evolved when Ps Smiley handed over to Ps Rodney. Modules were introduced into the curriculum as opposed to the golf course model introduced by Ps Smiley.
In 1999, Ps André Wilmans became the Dean of Christian Family Church Bible College. A young aspiring man, now given this great task of taking Bible College to the next level, willing and perhaps far from able, he went ahead. Introducing a curriculum that would earn students preliminary accreditation with Saqa, Christian Life Training (CLT) began. Now students had an even broader selection of how they would study, as CFCI Bible College offered two curriculums – Bible College modular training and Christian Life Training.
Yet a deep desire burned in Apostle Theo to see more “Sons” and “Daughters” go out from CFCI, teaching the truths imparted to them by the Father. And so the birth of a new Bible College incorporating School of Timothy’s began. Through inspiration and wisdom given by Apostle Theo, Ps André put together a team that jointly under his supervision and guidance would see the dream realized. And so with January 2007 the dream was made a reality, with the first Bible College incorporating School of Timothy’s doors opening with over 500 students joining. All these years of combined experience with the leading of the Holy Spirit has produced a bible college whose curriculum is spirit birthed and God inspired. We have no doubt that those willing and able to introduce this curriculum into their local church setting will experience the same revival.
We have come a far way since our inception; having trained over 5000 students for successful ministry, embracing an evolving curriculum where the focus has been to remain relevant in a changing society and now boasts full international accreditation to bachelor’s level. CFCI Bible College’s curriculum is ministry based, resolute in its goal to plant and establish Word based churches and bible colleges worldwide.
It’s our desire to see this accredited curriculum incorporated into every Christian Family Church around the world.