Jason and Sarah Koppen
Serving at the Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, Arizona
Jason and Sarah Koppen were both born and raised in Oregon. Jason trusted Christ at five years old and began speaking in worship services for the elderly at age 11 and ministering to teens at age 18. He studied pre-medicine in college, planning to go to South America as a medical missionary.
After college, God led Jason to Multnomah Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity. Jason has since served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor.
Sarah put her faith in Christ at a young age and grew up wanting to be a missionary. After high school, she received her Associates Degree in Civil Engineering and worked for an engineering firm for seven years.
Sarah and Jason met at a singles’ Bible study that Jason started. After a year of marriage God led them to Phoenix for two years, where He prepared them to be open to His call to the Indian Bible College (IBC) in Flagstaff. Jason initially came to be Academic Dean, but soon was asked to become the 10th President of the school in 2009 after the former
president resigned. They have three little girls and a boy. Jason completed his Doctor of Ministry in the spring of 2011; his doctoral dissertation developed a spiritual formation strategy and process for IBC students.
Jason and Sarah have committed to 10 years of service at IBC, are planning for 20 years, and are prepared to spend the rest of their lives at IBC—so great is their burden for the Native church and its need for leaders. They are also very compelled by the incredible need for Native American missionaries around the world, who have greater doors open to
them for the gospel than most ethnicities. Their vision is that IBC would grow into a mighty training institution that would help Native America cease to be the mission field and begin to send multitudes of missionaries around the world.