Upholding and Defending the Christian Faith

What is the Institute?

The Institute of Biblical Defense (IBD) is a Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to helping train Christians to boldly defend the faith. The Institute provides training in theology, philosophy, Christian apologetics, world religions, counter cult studies and much more.

It is our purpose to provide the highest quality training, education and research available to help fellow believers defend and share their faith. It is our sincere hope that we can serve you as you strive to contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered.

Dr. Phil Fernandes

Dr. Phil Fernandes is the Senior Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship and the founder and president of the Institute of Biblical Defense, an apologetics ministry which trains Christians in the defense of the Christian Faith.

He is also the head of the Masters of Apologetics program at Veritas International University and a professor of Apologetics.

Dr. Fernandes has earned Doctorate degrees in Philosophy of Religion and Theological Studies. He has studied Apologetics under leading Apologists Gary Habermas and Norman Geisler, and has publicly debated some of America's leading atheists.

Dr. Fernandes resides in Bremerton, Washington with his lovely wife Cathy. They have two grown daughters and three grandsons.

Contact Information

Institute of Biblical Defense
P.O. Box 3264
Bremerton, Washington  98310

p: (360) 698-7382
e: tbf@sinclair.net

Giving to the Institute

Please consider donating to the work of the Institute. If God has blessed you though this ministry, a gift of of any size will be greatly appreciated. Everything we receive will be used to defend and uphold the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Statement of Faith
or “Yes, doctrine is important!”


There is only one God. This one God eternally exists as three equal persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). This one God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.


Jesus the Christ was always God and will always be God, the second Person of the Trinity. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless and miraculous life, died on the cross for our sins (Taking our punishment upon Himself), and bodily rose from the dead.

Jesus ascended to heaven, sits at the Father’s right hand, and will someday visibly return to earth to judge the living and the dead. Jesus will bring the Kingdom of God to earth and reign on earth for 1,000 years.


Spirit beings called angels exist; they were created by God. Angels who rebelled against God are called demons. Satan is the highest fallen angel and the leader of the demons.


Man was created in God’s image, but lost his moral purity when Adam sinned in the garden. All men inherit a sin nature from Adam and are sinners who stand condemned before a holy and a just God. Man cannot save himself.


Salvation is by God’s grace alone and we accept this free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus as our God and Savior. Those who are saved by God’s grace are kept by God’s grace. Genuine faith will produce good works.

The Church

The church consists of all who genuinely believe in Jesus for salvation; these believers form one body though they are many members. The main mission of the church is to spread the gospel message to the lost; this necessitates the instructing of the redeemed in the Word of God. Christians witness by their lifestyles as well as with their words.

The two church ordinances are water baptism and the Lord’s supper. Water baptism does not save, but symbolizes our identification with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. The local church should periodically celebrate the Lord’s supper as a memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection and in the expectancy of His return.

The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to each believer according to his own will; these gifts enable each believer to serve God with His power. Therefore, each believer plays an important role in the local church