Holmes Bible College class
When: 7-9 p.m. beginning Feb. 3
Where: Regency Church of God, 1132 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill
More info: www.holmes.edu or 706-499-9311
Churchgoers line up Sunday after Sunday to get their weekly dose of the Word, but for some, Sundays aren’t enough.
Regency Church of God in Buford is now offering advanced, college accredited Bible courses from Holmes Bible College for those wanting a more extensive look into the good book.
“Before I ever started this program, I told Holmes Bible College, ‘We’ll have you on our campus under three conditions,’” Regency Church of God pastor Terry Reece said. “One, make it affordable for people because there’s not a lot of money in the world anymore. People struggle. No. 2, have it at a time on our campus where people can work in the day and then come to school here. No. 3, it had to be college accredited with real transferable credits. When that was all made possible, we opened our doors.”
The Buford campus of Holmes Bible College’s has been offering classes for the past two years, and Reece is now the administrator.
The Buford campus is the first external campus for the college, which was founded in 1898 in Greenville, S.C.
Holmes Bible College President James Leggett said he is excited about the school’s new growth, even though it meant losing professor Fred Sylvester on the Greenville campus.
“We’re delighted he’s teaching the class there, because it gives us a wider outreach,” Leggett said. “It gives us the ability to reach out and touch other people.”
Sylvester taught at the Greenville campus for five years, but lived in Buford and commuted to teach. As a member of Regency church, he collaborated with Reece to make the church an extension campus.
He has taught at Regency church for two years and is settled in his new role as a professor on the Buford campus.
This quarter he expects at least eight students, which is not bad to start, he said.
“We’ll be teaching from the Old Testament, a course on The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible,” Sylvester said. “It’s important from a historical standpoint, as it relates to the relationship with our modern day and how the scriptures apply to living today.”
Reece, who studied the Pentateuch in college, said this is one of the most valuable classes they offer.
“When I was applying to the University of Georgia, they wouldn’t take any Bible courses from me,” he said. “The only one they took was Old Testament Survey, and the reason they took it was because it qualified as Hebrew history.”
The Buford campus also offered New Testament Survey and Evangelism 102 in past quarters, he said.
Reece is happy with the courses offered as an accredited campus, but he said he is even happier people are interested in taking them to learn more about the Bible.
“We pride ourselves on the Bible here,” he said. “If you have the spirit and you don’t have the word, you blow up. If you have the word and you don’t have the spirit, you dry up. But if you have the spirit and the word, you grow up.”