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Why Would I Want to go to Bible College?

CBC-Colorado graduates, Ryan and Alexis May, will open a new CBC campus in Ontario, California this October. (Click to enlarge)"Why would I want to go to Bible college? What? Am I gonna be a preacher someday?" Those were the words that flippantly escaped Ryan May's lips when his dad offered to pay for Ryan and his wife, Alexis, to go to Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs. Four years later, Ryan and Alexis are less than one month away from opening CBC-Ontario in southern California.

Ryan and Alexis were introduced to Andrew's ministry at a pivotal time in their walk with the Lord; they were navigating the sometimes awkward process of looking for a new church. Ryan had recently received the baptism in the Holy Spirit when he and Alexis suddenly realized that the church they had been attending did not believe in, nor talk about the gift Ryan had received. It was during this time of transition that Ryan's dad, Jeff, invited Ryan and Alexis to join him at a small church in Banning, California where Andrew was scheduled to speak. The young couple not only found Andrew that evening, but they found their new church in the process.

Both Ryan and Alexis were hungry for the Word, and they were excited by Andrew's ministry. Andrew's teaching, The War is Over, revealed to them the true freedom Jesus has provided and it also exposed the lies religion had planted at the heart of their belief system. While this was not the only teaching that made an impact on the Mays, it is the one on which they re-built the foundation of their relationship with the Lord.

Ryan was working as a golf pro, and he and Alexis had only been married a couple of years, when Jeff made the offer to send the two to school. While Ryan had flatly dismissed his father's idea, the Lord had a different answer in mind, and he let Ryan know about it. Ryan was sitting alone in his apartment when he received his first word from the Lord: "Why wouldn't you want to get to know Me better?" "That got my attention," said Ryan. "In an instant, my heart and mind were changed," he said.

Ryan was so sure it was God speaking to him that he called his wife, immediately, and told her they were going to Bible college. "It was an incredible experience and it led us to make the best decision of our lives," Ryan said with excitement!

The May family, Ryan and Alexis with their daughter, Marley and their son, Jeremiah. (Click to enlarge)During the May's first year of school in Colorado Springs, they returned home for Christmas break. As they enjoyed their time reconnecting with family and sharing all they had learned, the Lord began to stir their hearts to bring the Truth to Southern California.

Throughout their time at CBC, the Lord continued to give them visions and dreams about starting a campus back home. For Ryan, the prompting of the Holy Spirit came with a sense of assurance, that what He put in their hearts was already established and finished. Ryan said, "We just followed His peace, trusted and stayed patient. We spoke about the plans for the school as though it was already established, and here we are—what an honor!"

To this date, the Mays have processed 30 applications and they are set to open the doors of CBC-Ontario in October. Between now and the official opening, Ryan and Alexis will host open house sessions at the school and they anticipate a great turnout for each event.

The Mays's time at CBC transformed their lives."CBC and Andrew's teachings brought such a clear and proper perception of God and Truth, that this life now makes so much sense. We now stand on the Word and the Truth of what Jesus did for us, and find victory. You can't give away what you don't have... Now that I can share this Truth with people, I'm seeing them receive as well," Ryan shared.

For Ryan there's no comparison between the life he and Alexis were living before attending CBC and the life the Lord has led them into. To know God, and Jesus Christ who He sent, is the greatest honor. To share His word is another great, great honor. And to see people receive it brings the greatest fulfillment—there's no greater joy in life! (This coming from the one who said he didn't want to be a preacher).

To find out more about the new CBC campus in southern California, contact the Ryan and Alexis at (760) 413-0344 or via email: You can also stay up to date with campus activities by visiting the CBC-Ontario Facebook page.

Reader Comments (7)

Great story, thanks for sharing.

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Curtis

Why wouldn't you want to get to know Me better?
That is a question I believe if we all made it clear The Lord is asking people out there, we would fill up all our classrooms. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and now I can put the story to the faces I saw last year. And many thanks to Kevin for a great job!

January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

I first just want to say, I thank God for you all and sharing your stories! I have been battling with so much in my life; what am I really suppose to be doing in my life, what is my purpose, etc. God has given me several talents and now I just feel like I need to narrow down what it is He wants me to do! Now, this College seems ideal and I've been wanting to do a little research on it , but never tried until now. I have a Strong feeling that shall I do this college, God will show me favor in what I am to do in my overall life. So , please pray with me and send me the necessary information on this college. Thank you so much and God Bless! ;-)

March 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Benford

Great sharing. Please let me know how can I join ur bible college.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchristy

I have seen and now I believe. I had the opportunity to visit this April with Ryan and Alexis May, Mark Anthony at Charis Bible College Ontario So Cal are true to Gods calling. I was greeted with open arms much love by the students and the May Family. Hunger on the faces. Love pouring from their hearts and sponges for the Word of God. It was like CBC home all over again. Great ministry. Thank you for your faithfulness. The place to be. The place of meeting.

April 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon Anselmo

Very educative and informative article! kindly let me know how to join your bible college.thanks for bringing up such post.

May 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDr .Londen Rogers

@Dr. Londen

Thank you for your interest in Charis Bible College! We want to encourage you that where God leads you, He will always have the provision ready for you!

The classes on-campus here in Woodland Park, CO begin in the fall, with an optional late-start date at the end of November. To see what the requirements for enrollment click here: International:

To see if we have another location near you, check out our list of campuses here:

In our online program, you can take courses at your own pace or take them with an online community of Charis students in our Interactive Course Format. If you would choose to take online classes at your own pace, you could start whenever you'd like, but if you'd choose to be a part of our Interactive Course format, new terms start approximately every 6-8 weeks. Our online program is a great way to finish the first year of courses at Charis and develop a solid foundation in the Word. You can find out more about this option here:

You can get a feel for our online program through our free sample lessons at

If you have any other questions, you can reach us at or +1(844) 360-9577, Monday through Friday from 4:30 am to 9:30 pm MT. We are here to help in any way that we can. -AWM Team

June 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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