“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, Who has enabled me because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…”

1 Timothy 1:12

Message from the President

Pete BumgarnerAs President of Spirit Training Center, Inc. and STC Bible College, I personally would like to welcome you to our college. Our staff and faculty are here to assist you as you endeavor to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. We will harmoniously combine our gifts and abilities to form a unique team that will look out for the best interest of the college and its constituency. To the best of our ability, we will strive to fulfill God’s purpose for this Bible college. While doing so, we trust that our attitudes and actions always depict the character of Jesus. We are fully aware of our responsibility to the college, the community, and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We exist for the purpose of carrying out the great commission as recorded in Mark 16:15-20 and Matthew 28:19-20. It is our desire and commitment to prepare our students to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ to people all over the world, thereby producing converts. We will do our best to train you adequately to be and to produce disciples for Jesus.

We trust that STC Bible College will be a blessing to you as you prepare yourself for placement in His ministry.

Pete Bumgarner, Th.D.

Message from the Vice-President

Heather oversees the general operation of the college and its outreaches. She also serves as a classroom teacher. She received her Master of Science degree in Education from Walden University and a Post-Master’s Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in School Administration. Heather has taught every grade level (kindergarten – twelfth grade) in public education, and served as a reading specialist, instructional coach (lead teacher), and administrator. Heather’s experience in public education is a great asset to STC Bible College. In addition to her training and skills, Heather is also a student of the Bible. The following statement is Heather’s greeting to you.

I am privileged and honored to be a part of the STC Bible College family. May you find that the Word of God planted in your heart will manifest itself in you and through you, for your good and the good of others. My prayer is that you learn the Word of God, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of becoming trained and equipped to be effective ministers for Jesus Christ. May the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, give you revelation upon revelation of His truths and may these truths be a light unto your path.

Heather H. Sykes, MSED, PMC
Vice President

In Memory

Jane Withers
August 14, 1949 – September 17, 2017

Jane played a major role in the founding and operation of STC Bible College. She served STC Bible College seventeen years as the director and as a classroom teacher. She also co-wrote part of the STC Bible College curriculum courses and edited the entire curriculum. Jane retired from public education where she served as an English teacher, reading specialist, lead teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

Jane has passed from this life to live eternally with the lover of her soul. Her life was dedicated to God, and she constantly pursued Him. Now, she is with Him forever. God designed this unique woman, then gave to the woman He designed the assignment of documenting the “Design of Woman.” She fulfilled her mandate with excellence when she wrote the book God’s Design for Woman. Jane was the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 who loved to teach about Ruth, Esther, and Abigail. She exemplified the characteristics of these three women with her daily life. The life of this “virtuous woman” will continue to be expressed through the many people to whom she imparted. STC Bible College is forever grateful for all that Jane did to make this college what it is today.

Message from the Dean of Outreach

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Ethics from John Wesley University and his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from STC Bible College. He served as an Associate Pastor thirteen years and as a Senior Pastor seven years. Richard has served as Chaplin in the Thomasville Fire Department since 1999. He has traveled to many parts of the world proclaiming and teaching the gospel as mandated in the commission given by Jesus Christ. As Dean of Outreach, Richard is responsible for contacting persons of interest and coordinating meetings that relate to outreach opportunities, which includes onsite visits to affiliate colleges. The following statement is Richard’s greeting to you.

As the Dean of Outreach, it is my joy to welcome you to our Bible college family. It is our desire for each¬†student to experience the greatest possible success in his/her academic pursuit with the goal of accurately representing Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 10:31 instructs us to do what we do for the glory of God. This mandate places the utmost responsibility on STC Bible College and our students to operate with excellence when learning and teaching the Word of God. With the endeavor of excellence in the forefront, we are dedicated to sowing the truth of God’s Word into the lives of our students. While academic pursuits are noble, it is the mission of STC Bible College to introduce and promote a greater pursuit – the pursuit of relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Richard R. Waddell, MBS, M. Div.

Message from the Administrator

For more than thirty-five years, Polly has worked in various administrative positions ranging from executive secretary to customer service manager. Polly manages the STC Bible College business office and is responsible for all student and college records. Polly’s administrative skills are a welcomed asset to STC Bible College. The following statement is Polly’s greeting to you.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Administrator of STC Bible College. As a student in STC Bible College, my desire to fulfill my purpose in the kingdom of God grew and continues to grow stronger. I count it an honor to serve you while serving my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My desire and commitment is to see that the office of STC Bible College operates with excellence and integrity.

Polly Withers

STC Support Staff

Lynn Jones
Media Technician



Lynn’s dedication to the Lord and commitment to STC make her an asset to our team. Her experience with computers and technology has proved to be valuable to our ministry. Lynn records and assists with classroom sessions by displaying scriptures and other references made by the instructor. In addition, she facilitates the live streaming of teaching sessions.

Mikayla Waddell
Media Technician



Mikayla’s faithfulness and cooperative spirit, along with her skills, have resulted in her being a part of the STC Bible College staff. Mikayla records our classroom sessions and provides our correspondence students with CDs or emails of the classroom sessions. She also operates the computer during our classroom sessions, making the references referred to by the teacher visible for our students. Her skills greatly enhance the teaching sessions and make them available on internet through live streaming.

Saved by Grace…Trained by the Spirit…Commissioned to Serve!