The North Valley Baptist Church was established in 1975 with a small band of 75 people. In 1976, Dr. Jack Trieber was called to pastor this infant work. God has greatly blessed the ministry of Dr. Trieber. From 1975 to the present, more than a million people have come to hear the preaching of God’s Word, with over 59,100 making a profession of faith in Christ for salvation and over 14,780 following the Lord in believer’s baptism. Over these past 32 years, over 2,600,000 people have attended Sunday services at North Valley.
In these last 32 years, God has enabled the church to expand its facilities to include a 65,000-square-foot building on the Clyde Avenue property as well as a new 3,000-seat auditorium on the De La Cruz property. The solid numerical growth of the North Valley Baptist Church also brought an expansion of the church ministries which includes 25 bus routes, a worldwide missions program supporting over 200 missionaries; ministries to the Filipino, Indian, and Spanish-speaking people; ministries to the deaf and the mentally handicapped; a retirement home ministry; and a ministry to a convalescent home adjacent to the church. A Christian school has also been established with students in K-4 through twelfth grade.
All of this is the result of the burden of a pastor’s heart. More than twenty years ago, Dr. Trieber began to see the need to train men and ladies of our church and nearby churches to work in full-time Christian service.
In 1992, the Golden State Baptist Institute was established for this purpose. In May of 1995, we were able to witness the first commencement exercises of the Golden State Baptist Institute. Golden State Baptist College is an outgrowth of Golden State Baptist Institute.
In August of 1996, Golden State Baptist College opened her doors to new students. In this inaugural year, we had over 100 full-time students attend our classes. Four years later, we saw many of these students graduate in our first “homegrown” graduating class.
This fall, GSBC will be celebrating her seventeenth year as an independent, fundamental Bible college. Since the foundation of this college, God has poured out His blessing on this school. The main academic building has been completely remodeled and now includes many classrooms, a dating parlor, a racquetball court, a game room, a coffee shop, a 50’s-style diner, a modern computer lab, many piano practice rooms, a modern piano lab, a library, and an auditorium for chapel services. Two beautiful dormitories have been added to our campus. Each of these dorms can house over 200 students. The Cristina Martinez Commons, housing a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a two-story dining hall, was dedicated in 2001.
These facilities are not meant to be admired. They are tools to help prepare students for God’s use. The purpose of Golden State Baptist College is to train men and women who have a sincere desire to serve the Lord by equipping them with the tools necessary for a fruitful ministry.