We are living in exciting times.  Bible prophecy continues to be fulfilled on a daily basis.  We are witnessing a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as God prepares the world for the return of His Son and the establishment of His millennial kingdom.  Jesus could return for His church at any time.

As part of the work He is doing through Maranatha Chapel, God has established Maranatha Bible College as a place where men and women can commit a season of their lives to dive into the verse-by-verse study of His Word.  Whether that season is one semester or several years, God desires to pour His Spirit out on those who are available to be led by Him.  He desires to raise up faithful men and women who are equipped to live according to His Great Commandment--to love God, love people--and to fulfill His Great Commission--to make disciples.

If you sense that God is calling you to something deeper, or if you would like to discover the abundant life that God has planned for you, I encourage you to pray about studying with us at Maranatha Bible College.  For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  2 Chronicles 16:9.

May God bless you richly with His abundant love.

-Pastor Ray Bentley


Our Vision:

Know God. Find life.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).  Nearing the end of his life, as he began to pen his unique Gospel, this is one of the first things the Apostle John wanted his readers to know about Jesus.  Life—genuine, abundant life—is available now, and it is found in the person of Jesus Christ.  This truth, expressed so powerfully by the Apostle John nearly 2,000 years ago, remains one of the foundational truths for every follower of Jesus Christ to appropriate in their lives today.

We believe that God has a rich, abundant life planned for every one of His children.  The key to discovering that life is to get to know the Person in whom that life is found: Jesus Christ.


Our Mission:

We exist to create places where believers can grow in their devotion to Christ through the in-depth study of His Word; in an intimate, practical, and academic way.


At Maranatha Bible College, we seek to:

  • Honor the Word of God.  Every word of the Bible is God-breathed.  It is without error and sufficient for all that pertains to life and godliness. Therefore, it is the supreme, final, and authoritative standard for what we believe and how we live.
  • Be led by the Spirit in all things.  Intellectual knowledge, without the understanding provided by the Spirit, is worthless and produces only pride in human achievement.  We therefore depend upon the Spirit in everything we do, relying on Him to teach us all things and to conform us into the image of Jesus Christ.
  • Teach the whole counsel of God.  Our aim is that each student who completes the program of study will have been instructed in the whole counsel of God, from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Teach the Word of God literally and personally.  We seek to teach the literal interpretation of the Word of God, and we seek to teach it in such a way that its message can be applied to each student’s life, leading to greater maturity in Christ.
  • See students grow in their knowledge and love of God.  We come to know God through His Word.  As we grow in our knowledge of God, of who He is and of all that He has done for us, we grow in our love for Him.
  • See students fully surrendered to Jesus.  We desire to see each student totally committed and abandoned to Jesus Christ, loving Him with all their hearts.  As students surrender their lives to Him, we believe He will reveal to each of them His call on their lives, the gifts He has given to them, and the ministries He has for them.
  • Equip students for the ministry God has prepared for them.  It is the aim of each class to more fully equip the students for the ministries that God has planned for them.


We desire to see our students:

  • Become totally committed and surrendered to Jesus Christ.
  • Conformed into the image of Jesus Christ, thus having the life of Christ living through them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  •  Set free by the truth of the Word of God and equipped by the Scriptures for fruitful service unto the Lord.
  • Develop the humble heart of a servant and allow the grace of God to shape and strengthen their lives.
  • Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Maranatha Bible College is looking for students who:

  • Desire to know God in a richer, more intimate way.
  • Desire to allow the Holy Spirit to conform them into the image of Jesus Christ.
  • Desire to know the perfect will of God for their lives.
  • Desire to prepare their lives to be used by God in whatever capacity He might choose.

If you desire to come to a deeper and more intimate knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the abundant life that He has for you, if you desire to discover and become equipped for the call that God has on your life, we encourage you to prayerfully consider applying for study at Maranatha Bible College.


Maranatha Bible College is a ministry of Maranatha Chapel, located in Rancho Bernardo, California, where Ray Bentley is the Senior Pastor. All members of the Bible College staff are either employees or volunteers of Maranatha Chapel, under the direction of Pastor Ray.

Maranatha Bible College is also an Affiliate School of Calvary Chapel Bible College, whose Main Campus is located in Murrieta, California.  Through this affiliation, students at Maranatha Bible College earn credit toward a Calvary Chapel Bible College degree.  Although affiliated with Calvary Chapel Bible College, each Affiliate School is a separate ministry under the oversight and leadership of its own local church fellowship, which in the case of Maranatha Bible College is Maranatha Chapel.  All of the courses offered at Maranatha Bible College are approved and transferable to the Calvary Chapel Bible College Main Campus.

The Main Campus of Calvary Chapel Bible College is affiliated with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, where the late Chuck Smith pastored. All members of the Bible College staff are employees and ministers of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, under the direction of Pastor Brian Brodersen.


The following Doctrinal Statement governs the teaching at Maranatha Bible College:

We believe that the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's agape love, which is greater than any differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.

We believe the worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, Bible College classes are designed with great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God that He might instruct us.

We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, that the entire Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God.

We believe that God is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.

We believe that God is eternally existent in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. Jesus provided for the atonement of our sins by His substitutionary death on the cross and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended to the right hand of the Father and ever lives to make intercession for us.

We believe that after Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on the believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the gospel to the entire world, an obligation shared by all believers today.

We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and are responsible for their own sin. Salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord by trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit. All his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.

We believe in the pre-tribulation rapture of the church.

We believe in the personal, visible second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth.

We believe in the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. He will return with His saints and set up a kingdom of which there will be no end.

We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today if they are exercised within scriptural guidelines. We as believers are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love so that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without this love all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.

We believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so freely as a result of the Holy Spirit’s conviction. We reject any theology denying human freewill can be exercised in the receiving of Christ’s free gift of salvation.

We reject any introduction of psychology and philosophy which is contrary to Scripture and is in substance “according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” into biblical teaching.

Please understand that we are seeking students that are like-minded with us in our view of Scripture.  This is to limit distractions and divisions among the student body.