Faith Landmarks Bible Institute (FLBI) was birthed out of a vision God gave to Pastors Randy and Cherie Gilbert.
The school has a three-fold purpose:
At Faith Landmarks Ministries, we are committed to serve, to reach, and to touch people’s lives with the message of the great Gospel of Jesus Christ! FLBI is an extension of this commitment. It is dedicated to training you to be a part of this vision through education and Bible study.
In September 1989, Faith Landmarks Bible Institute opened its doors in further fulfillment of that vision. Our purpose is to reach the world for Jesus by equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry.
Together, we will fulfill the commission of Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The Bible is the inspired Word of God – the product of holy men of old that spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Hebrews 4:12)
The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, is accepted as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
Our God is one, but manifested in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and eternal. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Philippians 2:6, I John 5:7)
God the Father is greater than all, and the Sender of the Word, the Son. (John 1:4, 14:28, and 16:28)
Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1, 1:14, and 1:18)
The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son, and empowers the church for ministry, (John 14:16 and 15:26)
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God. Through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says, “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Genesis 1:26 and 3:1-7; Romans 3:10, 23)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil. He gave His life and shed His Blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Romans 5:14; 1John3:8)
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18; Titus 3:5-7)
Man’s only hope of redemption is accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who shed His Blood (gave His life) to pay the price for sin.
On the cross, Jesus took our sins on Himself, providing salvation for all mankind.
Jesus also, by the stripes He took on Himself, bore the punishment for sickness and disease, providing healing for all mankind; Jesus became poor, defeating poverty and lack, that we might be made rich (experience abundance). By being made a curse, Jesus redeemed us from the curse so that we could live in the blessings of God. (Psalm 103:3; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24; Galatians 3:13-14; II Corinthians 8:9)
The first step towards salvation is recognizing that one is lost and needs a saviour. Salvation comes by believing in the heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with the mouth Jesus as Lord. (II Corinthians 7:10; Romans 10:8-10)
Inward evidence of salvation to the believer is the direct witness of the spirit. (Romans 8:16)
Outward evidence of salvation to others is a life of holiness and love (John 13:35; I John 3:23)
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by Jesus Christ to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.
With this experience come the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowing of gifts for the work of the ministry.
The Church is the Body of Christ and each believer is an integral part. (Ephesians 1:22 and 2:19-22)
Each believer has been given gifts and is called to a specific place in the Body of Christ by God. (I Corinthians 12:7 and 12:18)
Baptism in water is by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. This ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper by eating of the bread (symbol of the Lord’s Body) and drinking of the cup (symbol of the Lord’s Blood) in remembrance of Him.
Spiritual (John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:22)
Mental (II Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:6 and 12:2)
Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24)
Financial (III John 2; Malachi 3:10-11; II Corinthians 9:6-12)
Social (Proverbs 3:4)
Jesus will return again to gather His saints to Heaven (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Those who die physically in their sins, without accepting Jesus Christ, are hopelessly and eternally lost, separated from God, and will burn in the lake of fire. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)
Jesus Christ will return with His saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised. (Romans 11:25, 27; II Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16 and 20:1:7)
There will be a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 21)
Pastor Randy was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Flagler College and in 1979, he and his wife Cherie, graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center. They founded FLM in 1980 and FLBI in 1989. They have three grown children: James, Jennifer, and Stephanie, who all work in ministry serving the Lord. Pastor Randy is the creator of much of the FLBI curriculum. He currently teaches Faith By Line and Precept in the first year program, The New Man in the second year program, and the General Session and Church Track in the third year program.
Debra was born and educated in Richmond, Virginia. She received her AAS degree in Accounting from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. Debra became a member of Faith Landmarks Ministries and a student of Faith Landmarks Bible Institute in the fall of 2007. After graduating in June 2009, Debra volunteered as a Teacher’s Assistant of the Bible Institute and various other Help Ministries of FLM, including Java Jireh, Prison ministry and Kidztown Express. She joined the FLM/FLBI staff in April, 2013 and received her ordination from Faith Landmarks Ministerial Fellowship in June 2013. After completion of the Faith Landmarks Bible Institute Third Year Ministerial Program in 2016 Debra was promoted to the position of the Registrar.
Angela was born in New York City, but she spent most of her school years in Northern Virginia. She attended Radford College (now Radford University), receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. She has been a member of FLM since 1983. After working in the corporate world for almost twenty years, she joined the FLM staff in 1990. She has taught in FLBI since its inception in 1989, and is currently teaching Submission and Authority and the Helps Track in the third year program.
Debbie was born in Richmond, Virginia and was educated at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. She has been married to her husband Gary for over 30 years, and they have one son, David. They have been members of Faith Landmarks Ministries since 1992. It is one of her greatest joys to be an instructor for FLBI where she teaches New Testament Survey and both Old Testament Survey courses.
Scott was born and raised in Hanover, VA. He graduated from Victory Christian Academy and Faith Landmarks Bible Institute. He has been an employee of Faith Landmarks Ministries since 1993 and is now the Missions Director, Church Life and Outreach Coordinator, and Kidztown department head. He is married and has two children, Kara and David. Scott teaches The Christian Family in the second year program and the Missions Track in the third year program.
Melissa became a member of Faith Landmarks Ministries in 1990, after graduating from Mary Washington College and moving to the Richmond area. She served as president of a campus ministry during college and sensed that a secular education alone would not equip her with the knowledge required to lead a successful life. After joining FLM, she immediately enrolled in Faith Landmarks Bible Institute and graduated in 1993. She taught English and Bible to high school students in Victory Christian Academy and has been involved in many areas of church life. She is married to Frank and they have three sons, Edward, Carson and Jackson. She teaches Dynamics of Healing and Eschatology.
Found and joined Faith landmarks Ministries in 1981 within the first year of the ministry. She has been a teacher and department leader of the Kindergarten area of the Children’s Ministry for over 30 years. She is a Worship Leader and a member of the Music team for over 25 years. Katie is an Ordained Minister and the primary director and contact for all Pastoral activity of Faith Landmarks Ministries. She was instrumental in developing a team of Staff Ministers and Volunteers trained to follow up and minister to those who are a part of the FLM family. She has been added to the Faith Landmarks Bible Institute faculty as the Blood Covenant instructor and Pastoral Care for the third year program . She is a Minister, Teacher and Worship Leader.
Roslyn was born in Richmond, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a minor in English from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). She is a graduate of Faith Landmarks Bible Institute, and received her ordination through Faith Landmarks Ministerial Fellowship. Roslyn held the position of Bible Instructor at Victory Christian Academy, where she taught Bible to Middle and High School students for six years. A member of Faith Landmarks Ministries since 2002, she currently serves as Department Head of Mpact Girls and Team Lead in Zoe Bookstore. She and her husband, Phillip, have two daughters, Kristen and Ashley. She teaches the Ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Mary Jo Ferguson was born in Newport News, Virginia. She graduated cum laude, a Phi Beta Kappa member, from Wells College in Aurora, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in American Studies. She also attended the NYU Institute of Fine Arts in New York for 2 years, studying art history for the Museum Curatorship program. She was born again February 21, 1979. In 1983 she became a member of Faith Landmarks Ministries. She was an instructor in Faith Landmarks Bible Institute from its beginning in 1989 until 1993 when she left to join the FLM missionary team in Novgorod, Russia. She has served as a FLM missionary in Novgorod, Russia and in St. Petersburg, Russia for 23 years. While in Russia she helped open three Bible Schools in Russia and one in Ukraine. She has been an ordained minister with Faith Landmarks Ministries since 1996. She is teaching the course Righteousness.
Natalie is a native of Petersburg, Virginia. She attended college at Hampton University in Hampton Virginia. After completing her undergraduate studies, she went on to attend law school at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. Natalie first visited Faith Landmarks Ministries during Campmeeting 1996 at the invitation of a coworker. She joined the Faith Landmarks Ministries church family in 1998. She went on to attend Faith Landmarks Bible Institute a few years later and graduated in 2003. Natalie serves in several ministries at Faith Landmarks Ministries: Kidztown, Solid Rock Youth, the Music Ministry, and Ladies Pastors’ Aides. She teaches Realities of Redemption, a first year course. Natalie gives Jesus all the glory for what He has done in her life.