Jacki Curtis recently gained her diploma in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College of Horizon U and now serves as Director of Admissions for Horizon U. Describing her heart-change while on-campus in Part One of our interview with her, Jacki said, I didn’t fully understand the sweetness of walking alongside the Lord until I began my studies at this Bible College. Below is the rest of our interview with Jacki Curtis.
Jacki, can you speak to the rigor of the academics and the level of help or attention from the instructors at CCBC of Horizon U?
Since I tended to enjoy academics before Bible College, I couldn’t say that it was too rigorous, yet it still pushed me academically. The teachers forced me to think about Scripture in ways I couldn’t have apart from (being there in) Bible College. They produced an amazing environment for expanding my knowledge of the Bible; not only in how they taught, but in answering any questions and concerns that I had. My instructors became more like mentors than teachers in my eyes. They were faithful to be there every week and walk every student through their Bible College experience to the best of their ability. I am so grateful for the men and women that played such a major role in my walk with the Lord at CCBC of Horizon U.
Thinking of Hebrews 5:14 and 6:1, were there ways your “senses have been trained” by the “solid food” teaching of the Word, enabling you to “press on to maturity”?
I have seen that exact principle play out in my life over the past few years. Entering into Bible College, I was still very immature in my faith. My foundation seemed unstable in many aspects. The two years that I spent studying God’s Word matured me in many areas of my life and in my walk with the Lord. God’s Word produced a stability in my life that was lacking in before Bible College. This (experience) exposed me to an abundance of truth that shaped and strengthened me both emotionally and intellectually. God definitely used it in my life to press me on to maturity in more ways than one. How might you describe your faith or walk with Jesus at the beginning of your CCBCHU experience compared to when you finished?
Even during my two years at CCBC, my faith fluctuated. I had many high and low points. But I think my faith was strengthened more on this campus than it could have been anywhere else. I learned to clingonto the Lord no matter what type of season I was in and trust Him no matter what trials camemy way. I was far from perfect in this regard, but I knew where to run every single day. I became morereliant on Him the longer that I was on that beautiful Indianapolis campus. All of my journal entries would prove that point.
After completing my two years of study at CCBC, my faith looked completely different than before. CCBC provided me with a solid foundation in Christ — seeing both God and myself in a whole new light. I recognize God as my loving Father, and I truly see myself as His child. Bible college matured my faith and helped prepare me for whatever the Lord has in store for my life. I am confident in Him and trust all that He has for my future.
What else might you tell student candidates, parents and advisors know about CCBC and Horizon University, as a closing thought?
I would tell them that it is much more than just a university for learning. The experience comes with lasting relationships, a deeper walk with the Lord, a broader knowledge of who He is, and many opportunities to serve Him. I will never regret attending and I wouldn’t change one experience I had there.