Biblical Institute

State Biblical Institutes

Idaho Institute

The Church of God of Prophecy in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and the Navajo Nation are frequently called the IOU Region. In late 2013, the Presiding Bishop Wallace Pratt was approached by Pastor Jonas Palacios concerning the founding of a biblical institute to offer further training for pastors, ministers and other leaders. Within a few months, the Oregon Biblical Institute was established and began to hold classes on four Saturdays each year in Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. They are designed for both practical and graduate level students to teach various courses pertaining to the Bible, Christian History, Leadership Principles, Pastoral Counseling and other polity matters. Bishop Jonas Palacios became the first Principal for the Oregon Biblical Institute and Dr. Wallace Pratt served as the Superintendent to help us expand these institutes into Idaho and Utah.

In 2015, the establishment of the Idaho Biblical Institute became a reality with Pastor Denver Race as the first Principal for their schools. They also conducted classes on Saturdays and began to schedule courses on six occasions each year.  This organization was very successful; therefore, in 2017 the Utah Biblical Institute was started with their new principal Pastor Luis Armas. Since that time, these three institutes try to conduct four courses annually in four separate months in each state. The IOU Biblical Institutes are a registered educational school in the State of Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.

We are blessed that all three principals have a Master of Arts Degree, as well as most of our instructors. Our Superintendent holds two doctoral degrees. Courses are offered in various venues throughout this region for the Church of God of Prophecy. For details, contact us at the following email address-

Those interested in pursuing more study can come from any church background  and do not have to hold ministerial credentials. The purpose of our biblical institutes are to help train and prepare Christian leaders for service within their local church or to the communities they serve. You can contact our institute officers for more information or to acquire the next date, subject, instructor, or location for a course being offered near you.  

Below is the contact information for our Superintendent and respective state biblical institute Principals:

Wallace Pratt
Telephone: (503) 364-7852

Idaho Principal
Pastor Denver Race
Telephone: (208) 899-1129

Oregon Principal
Darrel Gaylor
Telephone: (503) 420-9186

Utah Principal
Pastor Andres Castro
Telephone: (801) 599-0290