In 1971, Ernest B. Gentile, founding pastor of Gospel Temple Church in San Jose, California, founded Northern California Bible College in an effort to train men and women to become ministers of the Gospel. California state authorization from the Private Postsecondary Commission for Vocational and Higher Education was granted, along with Veterans benefits approval.
In 1973 NCBC continued to offer day classes, but began to also offer evening and Saturday classes primarily to Christians throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1984, NCBC helped start a sister college in Owerri, Nigeria, which has since become fully accredited and trains a student population of over 450 full time students. The school is called West African Advanced School of Theology (WAAST). Curriculum written by the NCBC faculty is used by the Nigerian faculty.
In 1987 the school changed ownership and moved to Pleasanton, California, where it continues under the direction of Pastor David Sell up to the present. The founding president, Pastor Ernest Gentile, continued to serve as the college president during this season until 2008 when David Sell took over this position.
In 1999, NCBC developed its first website and began offering courses through a distance learning format. Discovering NCBC on the Internet, students from other cities and states could now also pursue their degree program. Each class offered on the various campuses was recorded and made available through CDs and later DVDs. To help promote the college program, faculty began to travel to various cities throughout California to teach in satellite campuses. This began the ultimate shift from being a traditional college to becoming a “distance learning center.” Today, students attend from different states and countries, as far away as Australia.
In 2004, a partnership was forged with “Reasons To Believe,” located in Glendora, California. “Reasons to Believe” is considered a Christian “think-tank” specializing in the correlations between the Bible and properly understood scientific discovery. Student taking on-line courses from this well-known organization could now receive college credit through NCBC.
In 2005 the Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, a church of about 8000 members, requested that NCBC establish an instructional program at their facility to train their leadership team. Since then we have seen our first graduating class and NCBC has become a solid fixture of Cathedral of Faith's overall training program.
In 2011 a partnership was forged with Jubilee Christian Center, now Redemption Church, in San Jose to enable graduates of Jubilee Bible College to transfer credits into NCBC and earn their B.A. degee in Biblical Studies. Redemption Church remains one of our teaching locations, located in north San Jose.
In 2013, NCBC began providing instruction at Gateway City Church in San Jose where classes meet regularly on Tuesday nights. Gateway City Church is pastored by Dr. David Cannistraci, and is located in south San Jose..
Classes are now also held at Valley Christian Center in Dublin and Faith Fellowship in San Leandro, bringing the number of live teaching locations in the San Francisco Bay Area to five.
In 2018 Northern Calif. Bible College was awarded full national accreditation with TRACS (Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools).
Also in 2018 Northern Calif. Bible College helped start a new Bible College in Kenya, Africa. The school is called Kenya Theological Bible College. It is our hope to help start numerous similar Bible colleges throughout the impoverished regions on the globe.