Where everyone majors in changing the world.

Catalyst Bible College is a next-generation ministry at Visalia First in Central California

About Visalia First

With meager beginnings in 1928, brave men and women of God overcame relentless spiritual attacks and built Visalia First on prayer and the presence of God.

Our world is changing at lightning speed, but there is one thing that has not changed: the power of the Gospel and a Spirit-filled church. In every adult service for the past 27 years, someone has accepted Jesus as their Savior and committed their life to Him. With multiple ministries and services happening throughout the week, lives are consistently being changed for the Kingdom!

Students of Catalyst Bible College have the incredible opportunity to work alongside strong ministry leaders at Visalia First as they develop leadership skills, a strong network of peers, and a deep knowledge of the Bible.

Located in the Central Valley of California, Visalia First is under an hour away from the Sequoia National Park, three hours away from Los Angeles and two hours to the nearest beach.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Dr. Mark Merrill

Lead Pastor/Founder

Dr. Jason Kennedy


Regan Munsey

Vice President of Student Affairs

Fatima Alcarez

Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness

Meet Our Faculty

Chad Lashley

Adjunct Professor

Robert Martindale

Adjunct Professor

Mike Robertson

Adjunct Professor

Kyle Sawyer

Adjunct Professor

John Walker

Adjunct Professor