The IBCP seminary that we will be ministering with has two campuses, one each in the two largest cities in Equatorial Guinea. The two cities are Malabo, the capital, and Bata, the city where we will live.
The “House of the Word” Bible Institute (IBCP) was originally founded in 1992 as the “Centro Bíblico Bata” (Bata Bible School). In 1996, the institution celebrated its first graduation when three students were trained for the ministry and later ordained as pastors by the local churches.
In 2009, IBCP opened its second campus in the capital city of Malabo after receiving a formal petition from a federation of local evangelical pastors asking that the institution begin to train future Christian leaders.
The city of Bata is on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea and is the largest city in the country. The city of Malabo is located on the island of Bioko, and is the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Both are very strategic locations for a seminary campus. Both cities are port cities with international airports and large amounts of commerce. Educating pastors and church leaders in these two locations helps the gospel reach large populations of people.
Erin and Mike will primarily work out of the Bata campus, but will travel frequently to the Malabo campus and teach and minister there.