Many believers had prayerfully looked forward to a day when any Christian, who so desired, would have an opportunity to study the Word of God systematically in his own community. There was a heartfelt need among many to study the Bible in depth; something they had not been able to do previously.
The late Reverend Jeremiah C.H. Rowe was among those who had great concern. Eventually he was led, we believe, by Divine Providence into personal contact with Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the noted pastor and radio Bible teacher. The meeting resulted in the calling together of about twenty-five Christians from many different communities of Southern California who might be interested in supporting such a ministry.
As a nondenominational institution, the Los Angeles Bible Training School is dedicated to the task of instructing Christian workers in the Word of God. Without regard to denominational affiliation or racial heritage, the Los Angeles Bible Training School endeavors to present each student with an opportunity to prepare for effective Christian service. The school proposes to work in harmony with local churches in the ministry of teaching the Word of God.
The Los Angeles Bible Training School is fundamental in doctrine and holds to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. It is pre-millennial and evangelical in theology. Finally, the Los Angeles Bible Training School stands for evangelism, missions and practical spiritual living as our Christian service.
Out of those initial meetings developed the idea which was soon to become Los Angeles Bible Training School. Initial classes were started early in 1962 on a trial basis to determine if there was enough genuine interest to justify continuing them. The answer was a resounding "yes".
A fully organized evening school began functioning in the Fall of 1962, with a Board of Directors, a president and a gifted teaching staff. Since our start, God has wonderfully blessed and sustained this work to His glory. Praise His Mighty Name!
DR. PAUL FELIX
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Dr. Felix worked in the data processing profession as a Senior Systems Programmer for a number of years. It was during this time that he studied at Talbot Theological Seminary.
Dr. Felix served as the Assistant Pastor in his local church as well as teaching and serving as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Los Angeles Bible Training School from 1982 to 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he served as a faculty associate at The Master's Seminary. Between 1996 and 1999 Dr. Felix served as senior pastor at Berean Bible Church in Denver, Colorado.
In the summer of 1999 he returned to TMS as an instructor in the New Testament Department.
Dr. Felix was a contributor to The Jesus Crisis (Kregel, 1998) and The Master's Perspective on Contemporary Issues (Kregel, 1998). Since 2015, Dr. Felix has served as Senior Pastor at Fairview Heights Baptist Church in Inglewood, CA (www.fhbchurch.org).