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Ian and Julie
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Ian Bond met Julie in the Bowland College Tower at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom in September 1979. Ian was a freshman, Julie was a Junior. Together they led the Bowland College Christian Union for the next two years conducting weekly Bible studies. The first study Ian taught was "David and Goliath." Ian and Julie began an additional weekly prayer meeting in which Ian taught on deliverance, healing, and spiritual gifts.
Students from across the entire university campus began attending these meetings. Many were baptized in the Holy Spirit and received deliverance and healing. After complaints from other students to the college administration the prayer meeting was moved from Ian's dorm to the music room in the college basement…
...and so Teach the Nations was born in 1979.
It would be another 10 years until the Lord gave Ian and Julie the name for their ministry. It would be 30 years until the ministry would be incorporated as a non-profit organization.
From these early days Ian and Julie organized Bible teaching seminars, conferences, and retreats. In March 1980 and 1981 Ian Bond led spiritual retreats for Lancaster University students at the beautiful Brothers Water lake in the Patterdale valley an hour's drive from campus. Worship led by student musicians and Bible teaching, healing and deliverance ministry was from pastors and elders from St. Thomas's Anglican Church (St. Tees), Lancaster. The result was a significant encounter with the Holy Spirit and outbreak of spiritual gifts among the students.
Teach the Nations would be built on the dual foundation of objective systematic Bible study and subjective spiritual experience.
In September 1980 Ian and Julie got engaged and were married in July 1982 after Ian graduated from Lancaster. Here is a photograph taken at our engagement. Julie is stunning (and has not changed in 30 years)... Ian's hair...well, let's just say the 1970s had only just ended!
Ian Bond enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur in the financial services industry for nearly 10 years. Julie worked for a Building Society (Savings and Loan Company).
At the same time they were active in ministry leadership, Bible teaching, camp meetings, conferences, and youth ministry. Ian and Julie were founding team members of Plumbline Ministries International led by Simon Matthews. In 1986 at Simon's request the team relocated to the historic Roman town of Godmanchester, near Cambridge. Here Ian and Julie's two children were born.
Simon asked Ian to establish a Bible school to serve the growing network of churches related to Plumbline Ministries. The pilot class, "First Adam to Last Adam" was taught in the Bond's home. More than 20 years later Ian expanded this to an 18-lecture series on “Salvation History” as the first "official" Teach the Nations Community Bible Study taught in Columbus, Georgia.
For several years Ian Bond, along with Simon Matthews and other teachers taught evening adult Christian education classes in the Godmanchester Community Center by the famous Chinese Bridge. To meet the needs of Christian students throughout the region they launched the program in the cities of Colchester and Peterborough.
In 1988 Ian and Simon made a trip to the United States. Over the next few years Ian made several more visits preaching and teaching in churches and Bible colleges. Pastor Sue Curran, founder of Shekinah Church in northeast Tennessee invited Ian and his family to move to the United states and base their teaching ministry at Shekinah. In the summer of 1992, Teach the Nations relocated to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and in early 1993 the Bond family settled in near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
From 1993 to 2000 Ian Bond served as Senior Pastor of New Life Church of Faith near Lynchburg, VA. Ian and Julie built a home overlooking to beautiful Peaks of Otter. During these years they frequently hiked up the Peaks and along the Appalachian Way "prayer-walking" and communing with God.
In 1992 Ian met Dr. Ron Cottle, founder of Christian Life School of Theology (CLST), who invited him to join the school's faculty. CLST is a Bible college "without walls" which enables churches and ministries to offer adult Christian education with courses written and taught by some of the best teachers in America. Over the next 15 years Ian traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as overseas teaching in churches and colleges affiliated with CLST.
Ian immediately launched the CLST program in Virginia, which was enormously successful. Students, ministers from many denominations as well as laypeople, attended the monthly Bible teaching seminars, traveling from as far as Danville, Roanoke, Lexington, and Charlottesville.
With the day-to-day responsibilities of the church as well as the Bible school, hosting a television talk show, writing, and traveling, the idea of Teach the Nations found itself on the back burner. As father of a growing family, a busy senior pastor and a traveling international Bible teacher and conference speaker Ian Bond quickly realized that the CLST format was an ideal was for him and Julie to continue their own biblical knowledge and ministry education.
As Ian Bond's involvement in higher and adult education increased he felt a need to pursue graduate studies in a traditional accredited academic institution. The Bond family relocated to Georgia so that Ian could study at Beacon University, a fully accredited liberal arts university and seminary, founded by Dr. Ron Cottle.
During the nine years Dr. Ian Bond was at Beacon he earned accredited Masters and Doctoral degrees, became an assistant professor and even served two years as president. At the same time Dr. Julie Bond served as Director of Children's Ministries at Christ Community Church, a Free Methodist congregation in Columbus. She also continued to be very active in healing and deliverance ministries locally and nationally.
In early 2009 Ian sensed the Lord challenging him to move on into new areas of ministry and leadership. It was finally the right time to incorporate Teach the Nations as a non-profit organization and obtain exemption from Federal Tax.
Locally, Teach the Nations offers bi-monthly Community Bible Study seminars at the Cunningham Center on the campus of Columbus State University. Teach the Nations also offers a weekly prayer meeting as well as an
annual prophetic and healing conference. The global outreach of Ian's teaching ministry is through Free-Online-Bible-Study.org.
At the same time Dr. Ian Bond now serves more directly in a leadership role in the higher education community in Georgia. He worked at Columbus Technical College, as the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives until he moved to the Technical College System of Georgia in Atlanta to assume the position of Executive Director of the International Center. He also teaches comparative religion, philosophy, and opera appreciation in the continuing education division of Columbus State University. In addition, Ian is a popular motivational speaker, conference speaker, and guest preacher.
Ian continues to give national leadership to Christians in higher education and ministry training as a member of the executive committee of the Association of Christian Educators and Administrators (ACEA) , founded by Dr. C. Peter Wagner, now led by Dr. Leo Lawson. Ian has served with Dr. Wagner and Dr. Lawson on the Apostolic Council since 2001.
Dr. Ian and Dr. Julie Bond are both ordained Christian ministers. They are credentialed with
Evangel Fellowship International.
Dr. Ian Bond is very involved in community leadership and humanitarian concerns. He is an active Rotarian and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Columbus. He is especially interested in working with international students sponsored by the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP), which Ian serves as a Trustee.
Ian and Julie love the performing arts (opera, the symphony, theater). Ian actively promotes theater arts and music in the region. He serves as a director of the
State Theater of Georgia, which is at the beautifully restored historic Springer Opera House, built in 1871. Ian is also a director of the
Columbus Symphony Orchestra, which is the third oldest professional orchestra in the United States, founded in 1855.
Ian is also actively involved in supporting professional educators in the local public school district as a board member of the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation .
Ian and Julie attend the
Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia.
Teach the Nations supports these various humanitarian, service, religious, cultural, arts, and educational institutions and sponsors Ian's and Julie's leadership and participation in them.
Below: Ian and Julie with Georgia Rotary Student Program students at Berry College in Rome, GA.
Over the last 30 years Drs. Ian Bond and Julie Bond have brought Bible teaching, Christian education, family and leadership training, and supported humanitarian and educational projects around the world. They have ministered and taught extensively throughout Great Britain and the United States. In addition they have traveled and taught in countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Far East, Latin America and the Caribbean.
They have a passion to "teach the nations."
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