Northern California Bible College | President's Welcome

My personal association with NCBC since 1971 has allowed me to become involved in the lives of numerous students who have impacted their generation for Christ. Many of our graduates have planted churches, labored on the mission field, served in staff positions at their church, or taught in one of the many venues of Christian Service.

For the first 28 years, the college aimed to serve only the needs of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A major shift in purpose occurred in 1999, when NCBC went online ( and developed an "off-site distance-learning program." In 2004 NCBC joined with "Reasons to Believe" to offer a state-of -the-art tract of courses addressing Christian apologetics.

Our distance-learning center has been designed to accommodate the working student or military service person who face both time and distance restrictions. With courses available on MP3, MP4, CDs, DVDs, or online, students can study at the time and place of their convenience. Commuters can listen on the way to work without having to take notes, knowing that each course comes with an extensive Course-Notebook, which contains a virtual copy of the professor’s notes. Classes have been designed to avoid tedious memorization and to promote creative thinking. Self-pacing allows students to work at their own speed, while still holding to a defined schedule of completion and regular interaction via email with the instructor.

Many of our students are full-time teachers in Christian schools associated with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). NCBC's courses are approved by ACSI to satisfy the Certification requirements comprised of 'continuing education units' (CEUs).

Throughout the past 48 years we have tried to maintain an evangelical yet contemporary approach to the study of the Bible, while believing in the present-day activity of the Holy Spirit.  If you are sensing the call to increase your biblical knowledge, or perhaps 'tool-up' for a future career in ministry, Northern California Bible College can help provide you with a strong biblical foundation at a very reasonable price.

Pastor David G. Sell, President