Hosanna Bible College (HBC) is an institution of higher education providing a quality theological and professional education for traditional students, as well as working professionals. We cultivate a community of students, alumni, faculty and staff who care about each other in an environment where ethics and Christian values remain at the forefront of each student's educational experience.
In 1982, Pastor Donald Q Fozard and Elder Nora L. Fozard conceived the vision for Hosanna Bible College (HBC). Pastor Fozard, the senior pastor of Mount Zion Christian Church, Incorporated and his wife operated as co-founders and presidents of HBC respectively. Initially, the objective of HBC was to prepare preachers and teachers for the gospel ministry. However, the vision has expanded to include curriculum and training that would prepare laypersons, clergy and professionals who have a God consciousness. The vision came into fruition in August 1992. When the doors of Hosanna Bible College opened, 14 students enrolled and were excited about their journey in Christian education. During that time, all instructors were practicing pastors and brought a host of pastoral expertise and wisdom that would help shape and benefit the charter students of HBC.
Elder Melvin Tolbert served as the academic dean and helped to craft the academic model that would continue for more than a decade. In May of 2001, HBC began pursuing accreditation through International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA). Due to organizational transitions, the process was not completed. But the vision of HBC was alive and well in the minds and hearts of the founders, staff and students of the institution.
Hosanna Bible College began as a two-year program. The first graduating class marched in May of 1994 with 14 graduates. There was not a graduate class in 1995. However, Hosanna Bible College continued to market and recruit students to remain an active and vibrant institution. In 1996, HBC extended its paradigm to a three-year program. Between 1996 and 2000, each year graduates successfully matriculated through the programs offered by HBC. Under the leadership of President Donald Q. Fozard and Nora L. Fozard HBC remained active and continued to offer training in Christian education.
In 2014, Dr. Fozard resigned his position as president and was voted as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HBC. Shortly thereafter, Dr. John Chapman was voted in as President of Hosanna Bible College. With the grace of God, Dr. Chapman and a fresh team of excited and credentialed staff began working diligently to fulfill the original goal of bringing Hosanna Bible College to the glory that was foreseen by the founding visionaries when it first began in 1982. In August of 2019, Dr. Sherman R. Tribble, PhD, took the presidential reins to provide a much needed sabbatical for Dr. Chapman. From then to now, Hosanna Bible College has embraced the charge of having "A Standard to Keep and God to Glorify."
To maintain a standard of education that will fulfill the needs of our students, answer the mandate of our Savior, meet the needs of our community and satisfy our need to serve.
The term Hosanna, originally understood as an appeal to God for deliverance and more popularly characterized as an exclamation of adoration and praise, is needed for every person called by God to serve.
The mission of Hosanna Bible College (HBC) is firmly based in the understanding that an appeal to God for salvation is not only limited to matters of redemption. Moreover, an appeal to God for understanding is the impetus that leads to redemption and many of the issues of life.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15)." This biblical passage is embraced as a mandate given to every Christian to study. As a result, Hosanna Bible College embraces the notion that in order to be effective in ministry and responsive to the mandate outlined in II Timothy 2:15 that God's intervention is essential.
The cry of "hosanna" is an appeal for God's intervention. Hosanna Bible College accepts the idea that as students enroll into this institution, that a cry for God's intervention is being made. In the same way, as each student accomplishes successful matriculation, the appeal to God for deliverance is at that point satisfied. As students engage in their theological journey with HBC, a sense of fulfillment to God and to those whom they are called to serve will be experienced and appreciated.
The following is the Biblical foundation statement reflecting the theological position of Hosanna Bible College. This statement provides a basis for doctrinal agreement and unity. The Bible itself is the final authority of what we believe. This statement serves the purpose of providing a general outline of the belief system adopted and embraced by our institution. This statement is consistent with the Word of God and is in accordance and in agreement of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible: The unique divine, plenary, verbal inspiration and absolute authority of all sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as originally given. The Bible is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and is free from error of any sort, in all matters with which it deals, scientific, historical, moral, and theological.
The Trinity: The triune, Godhead-one eternal, transcendent, omnipotent, personal God existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity: The triune, Godhead-one eternal, transcendent, omnipotent, personal God existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Father: God the Father, the first person of the Divine Trinity, is infinite Spirit-sovereign, eternal, and unchangeable in all His attributes. He is worthy of honor, adoration, and obedience.
The Son: The Perfect, sinless humanity and the absolute, full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, indissolubly united in one divine-human person since His unique incarnation by miraculous conception and virgin birth.
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals all believers in Christ, and fills those who yield to Him. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers; however, the manifestation of any particular gift is not required as evidence of salvation.
Historicity: The full historicity and perspicuity of the biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel.
Redemption: The substitutionary and redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sin of the world, through His literal physical death, burial, and resurrection, followed by His bodily ascension into heaven.
Salvation: Personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Christ, to be received only through personal faith in His person and work.
Last Things: The future, personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth to judge and purge sin, to establish His eternal Kingdom, and to consummate and fulfill His purposes in the works of creation and redemption with eternal rewards and punishments.
Biblical Creation: 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.
Satan: The existence of a personal, malevolent being called Satan who acts as tempter and accuser for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity.
1. We believe that God's word is the shaping force to the life a believer.
2. We believe that education is effective when both the practical and conceptual dimension of instruction is utilized.
3. We believe that the church is Body of Christ and the institution of liturgy and discipleship in the world.
4. We believe that those who have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior should maintain the hope of redemption and should have others in the faith as a resource of righteousness.
5. We believe that God is the founder of excellence and the spirit of excellence should be a part of the educational experience.
6. We believe that God is glorified through those who search the scriptures and pursuit education that blesses others and honors Him.
Hosanna Bible College does not sanction nor encourage the use of illegal drugs in any area of college life. As an institution of higher learning, HBC's institutional objective is to maintain a drug-free environment in every sector of campus life.
Hosanna Bible College located at 3519 Fayetteville Street, Durham North Carolina admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and academic and athletic school administered programs.
“Title IX promotes equal opportunity by providing that no person may be subjected to discrimination on the basis of sex under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” (Source:https://www.justice.gov/ovw/protecting-students-sexual-assault)
Unequal treatment based on race, gender, color, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, or religion. (Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html)