We are located one mile from the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of south Florida. We are 90 miles north of Miami and 12 miles south of Stuart. The West Palm Beach International Airport is only 30 miles from our campus, making it easily accessible to air travel. We are approximately 7 miles from Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike. Our town of Hobe Sound (population 12,000) is a safe, friendly, small town. Yet, it is close enough to large cities to offer conveniences such as good restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Our coastal situation provides a lovely sea breeze throughout the year and walking-distance access to the ocean. Our average high is 74 degrees in January. Our spacious, 66-acre campus adjoins the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway.
Hobe Sound is bordered by Jupiter Island, and this generous community provides an opportunity for our students to find good-paying jobs that help them pay for their college education rather than accumulating large amounts of debt.
Our location is strategic for a Bible College. The Treasure Coast is noted for its ethnic diversity. We have taken advantage of this by reaching out to the immigrants that have come to our doorstep. In cooperation with Hope International Missions, we have helped start and maintain Spanish, Chinese, and Haitian churches where our students are able to gain hands-on experience in cross-cultural ministry. Joy Budensiek, the Chairperson of our Inter-Cultural Studies Department, has said “Hobe Sound is half-way to the Mission Field!” We are able to transport our students to foreign fields regularly and inexpensively due to our location.
Our community is particularly conducive to ministry training. We have a large campus church with five pastors and a multiplicity of ministry opportunities. We share the campus with Hope International Missions, a world-wide Missionary Organization with works in over 55 countries. We also have a retirement community where retired pastors, missionaries and teachers can live affordably and provide encouragement and mentoring to our students. The denominational, cultural and age diversity of our campus provides a rich environment that facilitates spiritual development.
Our dormitories offer single-occupancy rooms with private closet space, sink, and climate control. Students may also choose to have their own refrigerator, microwave, and coffee-maker. Filtered internet service is provided. Both dormitories feature a spacious lounge, laundry facilities and a workout room. Our social deans, along with their assistants, provide caring oversight to our students to ensure their safety, encourage character development and accountability. Our Dean of Women also serves as a credentialed staff counselor. Small prayer and accountability groups are encouraged among the resident students.
We recently completed the Olsen Recreational Complex which includes a lighted softball field, basketball, volleyball, tennis and raquet-ball courts, and a field house which includes a snack shop, storage and restroom facilities. We are also very close to county parks which provide facilities for football and soccer. Our student body is divided into teams which compete Friday nights throughout the school year in a variety of intramural sports. Our south Florida location enables us to play outdoors in the winter months.
Our campus church provides multiple services throughout the week and a pastoral staff that is available to our students for spiritual counsel and mentoring. In addition to small groups in the dormitories, we promote spiritual formation through regular chapel services and times of spiritual emphasis such as our Fall Revival, Dorm and Department Retreats, Missions Convention, and Sea Breeze Camp Meeting. Our auditorium is open each morning from 5:00 to 7:00 AM for prayer and numerous prayer groups meet on campus throughout the week. Missionaries, denominational leaders and Christian educators are regular visitors on our campus as they recruit and challenge our students to the ministry. The Hobe Sound Community truly is a spiritual family that God has used across the years to shape the lives of students.