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About

 

The Philosophy of Education at EPIC Bible College is based upon the premise that God is the source of all truth; that the Holy Spirit is the Leader and Guide into all truth; that man, as created in the image of God, may gain knowledge and understanding of spiritual and physical realities through pursuit of truth. Further, God has revealed Himself in general revelation through the physical, created world and in special revelation through the person of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, the Bible.

Man is privileged to pursue truth and knowledge and to gain understanding, on the basis that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and that understanding truth leads to true life and liberty (Prov. 9:10). Man is able to experience God, have a relationship with God and draw near to God, in part, by gaining understanding of God’s work in the person of Jesus Christ and God’s work in the created universe. However, the pursuit of truth, knowledge and understanding apart from God is incomplete and, eventually, leads to emptiness and spiritual death.

College Profile

Building character in every walk of life

 

The beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it meets you right where you are, right now. And when you accept His gift of salvation, you have instant access to the Holy Spirit, for life, for power and for on-the-job training!

Here at Epic Bible College, we make every effort to follow the same model as we partner with the Church to train lives and build character. After all, students aren’t seking a piece of paper, they are seeking a relationship with God. That’s the Epic difference. It’s personal. Life-changing. Barrier free.

Just as Jesus took His message to the masses and made it relevant to their everyday lives, Epic strives to make Bible college easily accessible to people from every stage of life. After all, students learn best when they study within the context of normal daily life.

 

Open doors: Our Personality
Christ delights in diversity. In fact, He invented it. At Epic, our desire to make a place for every student God brings to us shows up in everything we do; from our president’s open-door policy, to our flexible class schedules, to our generous scholarship programs. And at every turn, our students have access to individual attention, genuine love.

“One of the unique things about Epic is the sense of family,” said Dr. Ronald W. Harden, college president. “The students God has entrusted to us are called by name, not by a number. They occupy a place in our hearts, not just in our class.”

Relevant revelation: Our Curriculum
Not only will your college experience be personal, we make sure that what you learn is relevant; based on current experience, not academic theories. In fact, every course at Epic is taught by a faculty member who participates in a vital, real-life ministry so they can bring fresh insights and application to the Truth that has stood the test of time.

More importantly, our students gain practical ministry experience right alongside their studies, giving their course work context, purpose and perspective. Not unlike the model of a teaching hospital and a medical school functioning together, at Epic Bible College student receive the best in academic preparation while obtaining practical, on-the-job training.

Foundational values: Our History
This hands-on approach is far from new, yet it breaks significantly from the traditional model, in which students are transplanted from a local church into a campus-based college environment, taught by those characterized more as academics and theorists that active ministers. For more than 30 years, Epic Bible College has existed to provide a better alternative.

Founded in 1974 under the name Trinity School of the Bible, TLBC began in the heart of Rev. Paul Trulin, DD. As pastor of Trinity Church, Dr. Trulin was guided by a passion to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a deep desire to train people for Christian ministry. The board and congregation shared his vision and approved the establishment of a church-based Bible college and Dr. Trulin served as pastor of the church as well as president of the Bible College until his retirement in 1982. Successive administrators have included Rev. Leroy Lebeck, DD; Rev. Kenneth Bluemel and current president Rev. Ronald W. Harden, MS, DD; each of whom has remained faithful to Dr. Trulin’s original vision of training men and women for Christian ministry.

Modern methods: Our Accreditation
In fact, after three decades of ministry, Epic’s influence has reached beyond any single church or denomination. Seeds of this growth were planted in 1993, when college administrators sensed the Holy Spirit leading them to seek accreditation. In 1999, accreditation candidacy was granted and began a process that culminated in 2004 with full accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

Through this process, Epic has seen academic improvement and the addition of a Division of General Education, upgrades in technology and facilities and expanding opportunities to grant financial aid.

Accreditation

Epic Bible College and Graduate School is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 52509539; e-mail: info@tracs.org] , having been awarded Reaffirmation II of its Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on April 16, 2019. This status is effective for a period of ten years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

As a Category IV institution, EPIC is authorized to grant Associates, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools

State of California license to grant degrees by The California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

 

Endorsements

Epic Bible College endorsements include:

  • United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs approved for the training of veterans and veteran’s dependents under the various applicable public laws.

  • Association of Christian Schools International.

  • National Association of Nouthetic Counselors.

  • United States Department of Justice and Education approved for the training of foreign students.

 

Our graduates have met, at various times, the educational and/or ordination requirements with the following:

  • Assemblies of God

  • Baptist (many types)

  • Calvary Chapel

  • Christian Evangelical Assemblies

  • Church of God in Christ

  • Church of God of Prophecy

  • Church of the Open Bible

  • Evangelical Bible Mission

  • Evangelical Church Alliance

  • Foursquare Gospel

  • Independent Ministers Association

  • Missionary Assistance Placement

  • Nazarene

  • Pentecostal Church of God

Doctrinal Statement

We hold these truths as fundamentals of faith "Delivered to saints"

 

We believe the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the verbal revelation of God to man, and the all-sufficient and inspired Word of God, the infallible rule of faith and practice for Christian believers. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe the one true, Triune God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM”, the Creator of heaven and earth, and the Redeemer of man­kind. He has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of r elation­ships and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; One God, eternally exists in three Persons, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, having precisely the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 2­8:19, 20; Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Scriptures declare: His virgin birth; His sinless life; His miracles; His substitutionary work on the cross; His bodily resurrection from the dead; and His exaltation to the right hand of God. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31, 35; Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22, 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 1:9-11, 2:33, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:3)

We believe in the special creation of the existing space-time universe and all its basic systems and kinds of organisms in the six literal days of the creation week; that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are literal and historical accounts of God’s creation of all things; and that man was created by God in His image and not the product of some process of evolution. (Genesis 1:25-27)

We believe the grace of God, which brings salvation, has ap­peared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. Man is saved by the washing of rege­ne­ration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and, being justified by grace through faith, they become an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 2:11, 3:5-7; Romans 10:8-15; Luke 24:4­7)

We believe the inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Romans. 8:16; Matthews 5:16)

We believe all believers are entitled to, should ardently expect, and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowment of gifts for the work of the ministry. This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; Acts 2:4; 10:44; 11:14-16, 15:7-9; 19:6-7)

We believe the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues, as the Spirit of God gives them utterance. The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but different in purpose and use. (Acts 2:4; 1 Cor. 12:4-10, 28)

We believe that divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers. (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; James 5:14-16)

We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission. All believers, born of the Spirit, are an integral part of the General Assembly and the Church in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23)

We believe in the existence of a personal, spirit being called Satan who at one time was holy and honored in heaven, but through pride fell from his lofty estate, and is now completely evil, unholy, and anti-God. He is now the power and prince of the air and acts as tempter and accuser, for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all that die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; 1 Timothy 3:6; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Matthew 4:3; Jude 6; Revelation 12:9, 10; 20:10)

We believe a divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a twofold purpose: the evangelism of the world and the edification of the Body of Christ. (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in the resurrection of those who have died in Christ, and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, which is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 )

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ including the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years. (Zechariah 14:5, Matthew 24:27-30, Revelation 1:7, 19:11-14, 20:1-6)

We believe, “according to His promise,” in a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21: 22)

President's Welcome

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Thank you so very much for taking your time to check out our Bible College. As I write this, I am approaching it as though you are a new a student in my office. That’s right, all our staff, including myself, love to meet with students for academic counseling and personal encouragement. Our desire, since 1974, has been a focus from Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A rope of three cords is not quickly broken.” That means that, at EPIC, we make sure all classes meet your needs in the following:

Spiritual – instructors begin and end classes with prayer and listen to the Holy Spirit for special needs during class. Students are so refreshed by their classes.

Practical – your instructors are all currently involved in ministry or their areas of teaching. So, that means you are learning from current practitioners, not just someone who has only learned about it without putting it into practice.

Academic – With over 30% of our classes taught by instructors with Doctoral degrees, you know you will graduate with a degree with integrity.

Let me give you a closing test:

1. Do you want to know Jesus more?
2. Do you want to be a better worker in your church?
3. Do you feel called to the ministry?

If you answered yes to 1, 2, or all 3 questions, then EPIC is the place for you! Please respond and register now!

– Dr. Ronald W. Harden

Main Campus Visit

We hold these truths as fundamentals of faith "Delivered to saints"

 

EPIC BIBLE COLLEGE & GRADUATE SCHOOL

4330 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95841 USA

Conveniently located just off the main interstate in northeastern Sacramento, EPIC Bible College welcomes you to visit our campus and spend some time with our students, staff and faculty. With a student population of over 300, personal attention is the hallmark of EPIC. Friendly and accessible; that’s how students describe their college administration. From the students working in the office to the President of the college, we are available. Not sure what you want to study? Chat with one of our academic advisers about your personal, educational and occupational goals before enrolling. Curious about our professors? Sit in on a class. Not sure how to apply for financial aid? We’ll walk you through it. Want a taste of school Spirit? Worship with us in Chapel.

Why not make an appointment? Call +1-916-348-4689 today.

The Philosophy of Education at EPIC Bible College is based upon the premise that God is the source of all truth; that the Holy Spirit is the Leader and Guide into all truth; that man, as created in the image of God, may gain knowledge and understanding of spiritual and physical realities through pursuit of truth. Further, God has revealed Himself in general revelation through the physical, created world and in special revelation through the person of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, the Bible.

Man is privileged to pursue truth and knowledge and to gain understanding, on the basis that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and that understanding truth leads to true life and liberty (Prov. 9:10). Man is able to experience God, have a relationship with God and draw near to God, in part, by gaining understanding of God’s work in the person of Jesus Christ and God’s work in the created universe. However, the pursuit of truth, knowledge and understanding apart from God is incomplete and, eventually, leads to emptiness and spiritual death.