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Portland Bible College
Portland Bible College campus - Portland, Oregon.JPG
AffiliationCity Bible Church
PresidentFrank Damazio
Students220[ citation needed]
Location, ,
45°32′58″N 122°33′55″W / 45.54944°N 122.56528°W / 45.54944; -122.56528
PORTLAND BIBLE COLLEGE Latitude and Longitude:

45°32′58″N 122°33′55″W / 45.54944°N 122.56528°W / 45.54944; -122.56528
Campus Urban
Athletics Association of Christian College Athletics Division II
AffiliationsPacific Christian Athletics Conference
Website www.portlandbiblecollege.org
Portland Bible College logo.png

Portland Bible College (PBC) is a four-year Bible college in Portland, Oregon, USA that offers theological and church ministry degrees. It was founded in 1967 and is associated with City Bible Church, which is associated with Ministers Fellowship International. [1] The campus is adjacent to City Bible Church on Rocky Butte in northeast Portland. [2]


Portland Bible College has degree granting status from the State of Oregon, the State of Washington and the State of California. This means PBC is unaccredited and as such cannot be guaranteed by either the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to provide quality education. However, PBC has taken positive steps to ensure strong academic standards by holding membership with the Academic Council for Educational Accountability as well as securing several articulation agreements with other accredited seminaries, colleges and universities.

In Oregon, The Higher Education Coordinating Commission lists PBC in its Institutions and Programs Approved for Veterans Affairs.

As for Washington, the Washington Student Achievement Council has determined that Portland Bible College qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. The Council makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by PBC. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council via email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov. PBC is listed in the Colleges and Institutions page of the WSAC. The Degree-Granting Institutions Act is a 1986 law requiring all educational institutions in Washington state to be properly accredited. [3] However, exemptions to the law exist [4] in the form of either waivers or exemption. Neither are permanent and can be revoked. The law states that so long as the school in question only offers "degree program(s) in title and abbreviation, curriculum content, and objectives reflect the strictly religious nature of the institution" (and fulfills other criteria) [5] is exempt. PBC does appear to fulfill this criteria but only offers religious, rather than academic degrees in Washington.

In California, PBC was issued a verification of exemption pursuant to the California Education Code CEC § 94874.7 as registered with the California Bureau for Private Postsecnodary Education.


The college's president, Dr. Frank Damazio, states that the college is "committed to training and equipping leaders to strengthen local churches" and "offers training in Pastoral Leadership, Worship & Creative Arts, Pastoral Counseling, and Youth Ministry along with a Humanities Program designed for university transfer." ("About PBC") The college awards six different degrees with multiple emphasis, including: Associate of Theology, Associate of Church Music, Associate of Christian Humanities, Bachelor of Church Music, Bachelor of Theology. Over 35 people work as faculty or staff at the college. [6]

The School of Worship and the associated degrees in Church Music seek to provide a "broad knowledge of music, rhythm instruments and worship leading." [7]

According to the college's webpage, for over 40 years PBC has had a consistently high rate of international students. [8] International students make up around "twenty percent of the PBC student body" and play "a strong role in defining the core of PBC." [9]

The college has formal transfer agreements with Portland State University, Warner Pacific College, Concordia University, Northwest Christian College and Pittsburg State University (Kansas). On a discretionary basis, the University of California (Berkeley), Arizona State University, Boise State University, Seattle Pacific University and Baylor University have accepted credits earned at the college. George Fox University, Western Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent University, Liberty University, Azusa Pacific University and Multnomah University have honored the college’s degrees on a discretionary basis. [10]


Portland Bible College Basketball Program is part of the National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association ( NCCAA) and the Pacific Coast Athletics Conference ( PCAC) and competes with NCAA, NAIA, and NCCAA institutions. [11] It has had "12 All-Conference players and five All-American award winners while qualifying for the national tournament five of past six seasons." ("Athletics" at PBC)


  1. ^ http://www.portlandbiblecollege.org/about/history/
  2. ^ Phillip Douglas Chapman, The whole gospel for the whole world, Thesis, Ph. D., Michigan State University, p. 281; Thomson Gale, ed. The National faculty directory, vol. 3, Detroit: Gale Group, 2007, p. cxxiii; Directory of postsecondary institutions, vol. 1, Wash. DC: U.S. Dept. of Education, 1992, p. 334.
  3. ^ http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28B.85&full=true
  4. ^ http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=250-61&full=true
  5. ^ http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=250-61&full=true
  6. ^ Academics at PBC
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-08-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link)
  8. ^ http://www.portlandbiblecollege.org
  9. ^ ("International Students" at PBC Archived 2012-05-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Letter from the Dean of Portland Bible College (Oct. 8, 2012) "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-05-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title ( link)
  11. ^ "Portland Pilots release 2012-13 men's basketball schedule" (Wednesday, August 15, 2012) http://www.oregonlive.com/pilots/index.ssf/2012/08/portland_pilots_release_2012-1.html

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