History

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Dr. Joseph Guadagnino, Founder

South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary (SFBC&TS) was established in 1985, by its founder, Dr. Joseph Guadagnino. Dr. Guadagnino wanted to provide a non-denominational institution of higher learning where men and women could fulfill the call of God upon their lives. SFBC&TS began as a Bible Institute in 1985, evolving into a Bible College and Seminary in 1988. The first graduating class was in June 1990, with eighty (80) graduates.

Dr. Guadagnino, having been in the ministry for over twenty-five years, brought great insight and knowledge in how to run a successful ministry.  South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary was in its original location for over 25 years. The facility was originally a movie theatre, called the “Ultra-Vision Theatres,” which was the ultimate vision for the ministry of South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary.  In 2011, the Institution moved to a modern facility providing a more traditional college experience for the students.

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Dr. Mary Drabik, President

The Founder and first President, Dr. Joseph Guadagnino, moved to Chancellor at the beginning of 2016, and the Board of Directors inaugurated the institution’s second President, Dr. Mary Drabik. Dr. Drabik having been with the institution since 1989, brought with her the experience of running all aspects of an Institution of Higher Learning. For more information on the President, you can read her biography.

According to Florida Smart, the State of Florida has:

  • Ten State Universities
  • Twenty-eight Community Colleges
  • Sixty-eight private Colleges & Universities
  • Only fifteen of the sixty-eight private Colleges and Universities are Bible Colleges
  • Only two of the fifteen Bible Colleges are in Broward County
  • Only one of the Bible colleges in Broward County, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, offers all this:
  • Non-denominational focus
  • Undergraduate programs in Theology
  • Graduate programs in Theology
  • Programs in Theology for international students
  • Programs in Theology taught in Portuguese
  • Programs in Theology on campus or by Distance Learning A growing international presence

The only other Bible seminary in Broward County offers graduate-level only courses, and offers them from a reformed, Presbyterian point of view, not a non-denominational view.

In the surrounding counties, Dade and Palm Beach, there are approximately five other Bible colleges, and three of them are Catholic.  Of the other two, one school only offers courses on the Internet, and thus cannot accept international students.  The other offers a few undergraduate Bible classes, but no theological degrees.

From this it can be seen that SFBC&TS has a unique role to play, not only in Broward County, but in all of South Florida, and the United States.  It is the only non-denominational bible college and seminary that can offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees to international students.

Through many miraculous interventions from God, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary began.  SFBC&TS continues to experience miracles and tremendous growth.  Please feel free to contact us should you have questions or if you’d like to receive information about SFBC&TS.

 

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