Golden State Baptist College
Golden State Baptist College
|Type||Private Bible college|
|Location||Santa Clara, California, US|
Golden State Baptist College (GSBC) is an Independent Fundamental Baptist Bible college in Santa Clara, California, offering bachelor's degrees and master's degree programs in fields related to Christian ministry.
Programs offered are intended to lead students into the work of the ministry as pastors, assistants, missionaries, teachers, musicians, and the financial side of the Christian ministry. Unaccredited bachelor's degrees are offered in pastoral theology, pastoral assistant, missions, Christian ministries, music education, Christian education (elementary and secondary), and secretarial science. Unaccredited master's degree programs are also offered.
Golden State Baptist College, like most Independent Fundamental Baptist Bible colleges, has chosen to maintain its independence from secular authorities by deliberately refraining from seeking or accepting accreditation. Thus, it is not accredited by any recognized accreditation body. As such, its degrees and credits earned are not recognized as valid to potential employers or transferable to other educational institutions.
GSBC's Institutional Distinctives can be found on their website. The school promises to deny admission to applicants who are from "charismatic, 'Bible' church, 'Christian' church, non-denominational, or inter-denominational" churches. Another rule states that "The King James Version is the only English-language Bible that will be permitted on campus." The administration "stand[s] against the destructiveness of para-church organizations", a reference to Christian ministries not operating under the authority of a local church.
The General Information section highlights more rules for students. It states that "the activities on campus, the dormitory life, and the entire program of the college require the full participation and cooperation of every student." Students must attend North Valley Baptist Church, unless an active member of another "local, fundamental Baptist church" before applying to the school. Even then, the student "must first obtain special administrative approval in order to attend his home church while enrolled at GSBC." Attendance at the daily chapel service is required. "Golden State Baptist College students are expected to go soul winning for a minimum of three hours per week." Christian service of all students (such as teaching Sunday school classes, working on bus routes, or participating in the music ministry) "will be under administrative supervision." Administrative approval is required before obtaining any off-campus job.
North Valley Publications
North Valley Publications (NVP) is based at Golden State Baptist College, and is affiliated with North Valley Baptist Church. North Valley Publications is a small publisher that specializes in books on Christian living, and Church leadership. Many of the books published by NVP are written by the college's chancellor, Dr. Jack Trieber.