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Rethinking Theological Education

A Letter From the President, Isaac Maddox

We are so excited for this coming school year and for what God is doing in the young people of this generation. They are passionate for truth and for the things of God. There is no better time than now to begin your ministry journey, learn who God has created you to be and dive deep into His Word! Activate Bible College is made up of Christ-centered leaders, filled the Holy Spirit and in love with the Word of God. Our team is anointed to equip the next generation of men and women who will lead the Church and positively impact every cultural arena they might step into. The mission of Activate Bible College is to offer biblically-centered and practical theology in a pastoral and personalized context. We are located in Camas, Washington, serving all local areas in the Portland / Vancouver metro area. If you are not local and wish to attend, contact our offices to discuss living options. We woud be happy to help find a place that fits your needs. Activate Bible College will be meeting three times per week (plus Sundays) for classes in the morning and practicum in the afternoon.
We are starting Activate Bible College because many people are hungry for teaching, truth and doctrine. We want our students to explore the fullness of theology and what scripture contains and reveals through the Greek and Hebrew hermanutics. We believe that all of life is rooted in your belief system which is anchored in your theology and understanding of scripture. We believe our partnership with Theos Seminary and Nathan Finochio offers the best Bible and theological experience on the planet. We welcome you on this journey as we rethink theological education. We believe this will catapult you into all God has for you while building a strong foundation in Biblical truth.

1. Introducing the Bible: An introductory course that provides an overview of the key themes, literary genres, various translations, and historical context of the Bible.

2. Pentateuch: A comprehensive study of the first five books of the Bible, exploring the origins, narratives, and theological significance of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

3. Synoptic Gospels: A comparative examination of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, focusing on their similarities, differences, and the unique perspectives they offer on the life and teachings of Jesus.

4. Gospel of John: A detailed analysis of the Gospel of John, delving into its distinctive theological themes, rich symbolism, and portrayal of the life, ministry, and significance of Jesus Christ.

5. Pauline Epistles: An in-depth exploration of the letters written by the apostle Paul, studying their historical context, theological content, and practical implications for the early Christian communities.

6. Church History: A survey of the major events, figures, and theological developments in the history of Christianity, tracing the growth and evolution of the Church from its inception to the present day.

7. Hebrews: A close examination of the book of Hebrews, exploring its authorship, audience, and the theological themes it presents, particularly the superiority of Christ and the nature of faith.

8. Ecclesiology: A study of the doctrine of the Church, including its nature, structure, sacraments, and mission, with a focus on understanding the biblical and historical foundations of ecclesiological principles.

9. Systematic Theology: An integrative exploration of various theological doctrines, such as the nature of God, Christology, soteriology, and eschatology, aiming to provide a coherent framework for understanding the Christian faith.
Activate Bible College Schedule:
September 26th - May 26th

8:15AM - 1:00PM
pre-service prayer
immersive ministry experience
attend one service

Day Off

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday:
9:00AM - 1:00PM
prayer & devotions
theology courses
practicum (ministry training)

Friday & Saturday
Day Off
*some events do take place on weekends

Experience & Degree:

City-Wide Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat & Christmas at the Park
Christmas Production
Warrior Princess (Women’s Night)
Men’s Night

Practicum & Ministry Training:
Worship | Production | Kids Ministry
Outreach | Team Building
Church Operations | Preaching
Event Planning | Youth Ministry | Cafe | Sound Lights | Media | Graphic Design
2nd semester students choose their ministry focus

Missions Trip:
Activate Church supports missionaries Randy and Luisina Mishler based in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. We will be taking a team in the summer after the semester is over.

Degree Opportunity:
Activate Bible College 1 year program offers a certificate of theology.
There is an extensive option that in partnering with Theos Seminary we offer 1 year Associate’s Degree
and a 2 year Bachelor’s Degree.

Faculty & Staff

Nathan Finochio

Founder & President of TheosU and Theos Seminary
Nathan was a teaching pastor of Hillsong Church for several years. He is the author of “Hearing God”, leads a band called “Royal Royal” and studied in Portland, Oregon at Portland Bible College.

Isaac and Kari Maddox

Activate Church Lead Pastors
Isaac and Kari have been in full time ministry for over 20 years. They spent 8 years as youth pastors and 1 year ministering in Australia before planting Activate Church.They are in love with the local church because it’s what Jesus said He is building.

David Zimmerman

Activate Bible College Teacher
David grew up in Vancouver, Washington and graduated with a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. David will bring Bible-centered teaching and guidance to students of Activate Bible College, with previous experience in teaching, music and youth pastoring.

Sarah Sizemore

Activate Church Executive Pastor & Activate Bible College Practicum Director
Sarah has been in ministry for 15 years and was a part of the Activate Church planting team. She is the executive pastor at Activate Church and oversees operations. Sarah has her Associates Degree in Humanities and Theology from Portland Bible College.

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