FGBC has a three house system into which the student body is divided, in order to foster healthy community, competition, and encouragement as students journey through their schooling. Houses are composed of both first-and second-year students. They are student-led, with a President, Vice President, Chaplain and Secretary to support each house family. The houses are named for families whose influence shaped the local church and scope of evangelicalism as we know it today. Each house carries a theme and values exemplified by their namesakes. As we take our place in global church history, we humbly acknowledge those who have gone before us and seek to lay a solid path for those who will follow us.
Susanna, John, and Charles Wesley were a powerhouse family of ministry that started a worldwide movement of faith in the 1700’s.
Susanna was the mother of 19 children including Charles and John. She was a pastor’s wife, and while her husband was away for two years, Susanna assembled her children in
her home for Sunday afternoon church services. They sang a psalm, and then she would read a sermon from either her husband's or father's sermon file, followed by another psalm.
The local people began to ask if they could attend. At one point there were over 200 people who would attend Susanna’s Sunday afternoon service.
Charles was a worship leader and songwriter who wrote over 6,000 hymns, many of which are still sung today.
John became a preacher and founded the Methodist and Wesleyan church movements. During his ministry, he rode over 250,000 miles on horseback, a distance equal to ten times around the globe. He preached over 40,000 sermons. By the time of his death, he had raised up thousands of pastors and planted hundreds of Methodist churches around the globe.
Jim Elliot was a missionary in the 1950’s who felt called to evangelize the previously unreached Auca people of Ecuador. He and four of his friends were brutally martyred while seeking to give gifts and develop relationships with this people group.
His most famous quote was, “He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what
he cannot lose.”
Jim’s wife Elisabeth later returned to Ecuador to minister to the Aucas, and
she eventually led some of
her husband’s murderers to faith in Christ.
She spent her life inspiring people to take up the call
of missions and evangelize
In the 1990’s she hosted a radio program and often opened with this statement, “You are loved with an everlasting love…
and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Billy was an evangelist who preached the gospel to more people on the planet than anyone else in history. It is estimated that more than 3.2 million people came to Christ at Billy Graham Crusades over sixty plus years of ministry.
He is considered to be the greatest evangelist to ever live besides the Apostle Paul. Graham provided spiritual counsel for every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.
His wife Ruth spent her life alongside Billy, helping him accomplish the mission of reaching the world for Christ. She is known as a contagious Christian who invited thousands of people to come hear the gospel.
The evangelical church today owes a great debt of gratitude to both Billy and Ruth for their relentless effort of sharing the gospel with the world.