What is our Purpose?
Our purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission by training young men and women to go across America and to the nations of the world to share the Gospel with the lost that they might be saved, then to teach the saved how to live for Christ, and to organize new groups of believers into new churches through church planting. This is a highly specialized field of training that is focused on equipping individuals for full-time Gospel ministry or in some cases training individuals involved in secular work how to be more effective in their service to God.
We recognize there are many other fine fundamental institutions dedicated to the same task, and we praise God for them. We just believe God has directed us to this exciting aspect of the great commission, and are trusting in his grace to advance his work for the glory of God.
Where is Hawaii Baptist College?
Hawaii Baptist College is located at the foot of the beautiful, stately Ko'olau Mountain Range on the Windward side of the Island of Oahu in the township of Kaneohe. The property is located at the intersection of Likelike Hwy and Kahekili Hwy. The campus is only a short 20 minute drive from the downtown area of Honolulu.
Hawaii Baptist College is not only located on a beautiful Island, but we feel this location and the culture of Hawaii make it a very unique place to train for the ministry. Hawaii is culturally diverse and isolated from the mainland U.S.A. This provides an opportunity to minister in a cross cultural ministry that will help in whatever area of service the Lord has called the student into. The religions of Hawaii are as diverse as the people. This will provide practical training and allow the student to get a better understanding of the nature and culture of where he or she plan to minister in the future. Language study can be both learned and used here on a regular basis.
What is the Emphasis at HBI?
Of course our doctrinal stand and convictions are foundational to this process of training, but we also feel that there are four special features about the thrust of what we do at Hawaii Baptist College that enables us to provide what we believe is quality training for ministry.
A Personal Walk with God
The promise of the Bible is the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits Daniel 11:32; therefore, each and every student will be taught, trained, and encouraged in the personal disciplines of the Christian life such as personal Bible study and private prayer time. There is really no substitute for this in the life of the servant of the Lord.
Solid Bible Training
Diligent Bible study is the compelling requirement of a bold and effective servant of God that is also pleasing to God (II Tim. 2:15). At Hawaii Baptist College we are dedicated to helping students become very knowledgeable in Scriptural truth and how to apply it.
Practical Ministry Experience
At Hawaii Baptist College students will not only prepare for ministry they will actually be fully engaged in ministry. They do not just prepare for later service; they begin to serve while at the Institute. Students will be taught the “ins and outs” of ministry, so that they are equipped to achieve great things for the glory of God when they launch out on their own.
Every Student Valued as God’s Servant
At Hawaii Baptist College we believe in recognizing that many students have dedicated themselves to God’s service, and so we will strive to practice 1Thess. 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. We will not treat those that study here as “mere students,” but as God’s servants. We will not look down on students as they enter these halls of learning, but rather strive to edify each one in love.
Who is Pastor Skip Woodfin?
Both Pastor and Mrs. Woodfin hail from West Texas. Skip and Dana met at church as teenagers and were married at age 20 in 1984. They attended Arlington Baptist College where Pastor Woodfin graduated in 1985. Later he received his Masters in Theology from Landmark Baptist Seminary. They have three children. Their oldest son is married, and their two youngest children are in college. The Woodfins were church planting missionaries for many years in Texas, Hawaii, and Indonesia.
They were involved in missions on Oahu both in Wahiawa and Waianae from 2000 until 2008. It was then that the Lord led them to Indonesia. They had the challenge of learning the Indonesian language first and were involved in evangelism, church planting, and training nationals there. The Lord enabled them, with the help of Indonesian nationals, to launch two churches. Additionally, they along with an Indonesian pastor and another American missionary launched a Bible College in Bali.
In 2011, Ko’olau Baptist Church invited Pastor Woodfin to be their Senior Pastor. They are very excited to be back in Hawaii which they have called home since 2000. Upon coming back to Hawaii Pastor Woodfin stated, “This truly is home for us. We love the people of Hawaii, so we are honored to be called back here, and we are filled with great enthusiasm about what God is doing through the ministry of Ko’olau Baptist Church."