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The story of Vision Christian College -

In 1974, Vision began both in Tasmania (Australia) and San Diego (California).  Dr. Ken Chant, founder of Vision Bible College (as it was then called), began in Launceston, Tasmania.  Simultaneously, Dr. Joseph Bohac and Dr. Stan DeKoven began Logos Institute, a local church training program in practical ministry and counselling.

 By 1977 Dr. Chant had moved his school to Sydney, Australia, joining Pastor Alan Langstaff, where the VBC programme grew.  Logos Institute continued as a counselling ministry and training center, while Dr. DeKoven pursued studies in psychology and theology.

 By 1982, Dr. Chant had moved to the United States (St. Paul, Minnesota), where he established his college programme.  In the same year, Dr. DeKoven returned to San Diego (after having earned his doctorate) and continued to expand the Logos program.  Simultaneously, Dr. Randy Gurley, Chairman of the Board of Regents and Executive vice-president of Vision, began his Bible college teaching ministry, eventually merging with Vision.

 By 1985, Dr. Chant, in response to a strong leading from the Lord, had brought his outstanding Bible College to San Diego, California, and VBC was legally incorporated as a non-profit corporation.

 By 1987, Dr. DeKoven and Dr. Chant had established a full-time, short-term ministry training programme, which soon led to a full merger of their hearts and visions.  The network of affiliated campuses, the desire of Dr. DeKoven’s heart, began to be established and has grown as described below.

 1990 was a pivotal year for Vision.  Dr. Chant, in obedience to the Lord, returned to his native Australia.   Prior to his leaving, VBC (now re-named Vision Christian College), under Dr. DeKoven’s direction, had expanded to its present University status.   A headquarters site was purchased in the beautiful community of Ramona, California, where the present headquarters continues to be based.  A local campus and a counselling center are also located at this site.

The College has since then steadily expanded until now (mid-2004) it embraces some 50,000 students in more than 4,000 satellite campuses scattered through more than 120 nations.

Two years ago an internet presence was established, and the Internet Bible College was created -

http://www.internetbiblecollege.com
www.vision.edu
kdchant@vision.edu

The IBC is under the direction of Rev Denis Plant, who is also now the principal of VCC in Australia. Dr and Mrs Chant serve as the directors of VCC for Australasia. Dr DeKoven is the international president of the College and of its several associated ministries.