Grace College & Seminary

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Grace College & Seminary
Motto Character, Competence, Service
Established 1948 (1948)
Type Private
Endowment $10 million[1]
President Dr. William J. Katip
Location Winona Lake, Indiana, United States
Campus rural: 165 acre (0.667 km²)
Affiliations Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Grace College & Seminary is an evangelical Christian institution of higher education in Winona Lake, Indiana. Its five divisions, or "schools," are located on the grounds of the main campus: The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Behavioral Sciences, The School of Business, the School of Ministry Studies and the School of Adult and Continuing Education (SACE). Grace Theological Seminary, which began as the parent institution, now exists as part of the School of Ministry Studies and is also located on the Winona Lake campus under the direction of Jeffrey A. Gill. Since 2011, several commuter campuses have also been started. While the college and seminary are historically affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, the student body and faculty of both institutions have diverse denominational backgrounds.[2]



The institution began with the organization of Grace Theological Seminary under the leadership of Alva J. McClain in 1937.[3] In 1948, a two-year "undergraduate division" of the seminary was begun and has since transitioned into a four-year Liberal Arts college.


Alva J. McClain served as president until 1962, when he was succeeded by his colleague and fellow co-founder Herman A. Hoyt.[3][4] He remained in this position until he retired in 1976, and was followed by then Dean of Grace Theological Seminary Homer Kent, Jr., who retained this position until his own retirement in 1986. Dr. John J. Davis then served in the position from 1986 to 1993.[5] Ronald E. Manahan replaced Davis and led the institution until 2013 at which time William J. Katip, who had been Provost since 2007, replaced Manahan. Serving with Katip are five vice presidents who make up the other senior level positions of leadership. Under Manahan and Katip, the college has undergone several changes. In June 2010, the college announced a "Reimagine" plan that would make a three-year accelerated option possible for all undergraduate degrees. This, along with increasing online options, and greater community engagement through the School of Adult and Community Education, was designed as an aggressive response to the school's economic challenges during the Great Recession, which the administration believed threatened especially small, tuition-driven schools like Grace. The new initiatives were implemented in the fall of 2013 and included an adjusted calendar in which each of the semesters were divided into two 8-week sessions. Grace was among the first colleges in the nation to offer a three-year option for students in every major.

Secondary locations[edit]

Prison program[edit]

For many years Grace College maintained a ministry to the incarcerated in Indiana at various correctional facilities throughout the state directed most recently by Dr. John Teevan. However, due to legal changes in the state of Indiana, this ministry has transition to a GED program, and continues to thrive under the leadership of Dr. Andrew LaGioia.

Commuter School's[edit]

Since 2011, the institution has rolled out several satellite campuses in Columbus, Detroit, and Indianapolis. These comprise the Henry and Frances Weber School.[6][7][8] Currently, there are plans to open a new branch of the Grace College campus in Detroit, MI with funding from former student affairs director and administrator Charlie Francis Miller. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2016.


In 1994, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools gave accreditation to Grace College and Seminary, thereby joining the two previously individually accredited institutions.[9] Its counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the School of Business has accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The institution is also a member of several organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Indiana Conference of Higher Education, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Indiana, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] It is also approved by the Association of Christian Schools International.[19][20] Grace College's School of Education also holds separate accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)[21] and is recognized as a REPA Approved Teacher Preparation Program [22] by the Indiana Department of Education

Grace Theological Seminary has separately been awarded accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.[23]

The Westminster Hotel on campus, now a Billy Sunday museum and resident hall


The full-time tuition cost for the 2014-2015 school year is $24,670. In the fall of 2015, a program called "The Measure of Grace" will cause the full-time tuition to decrease to $22,450 (9% decrease). For every consecutive year a student attends, his or her tuition will decrease by $500. Textbook rentals will also be free for all students, which is estimated to save every student $1,200 per year.

Student life[edit]

Campus housing[edit]

  • Alpha Hall (females)
  • Beta Hall (males)
  • Kent Hall (upperclassmen males/females)
  • Indiana "Indy" Hall (males/females)
  • Westminster "Westy" Hall (males/females)
  • Gamma C (males)
  • Epsilon (females)
  • Lamppost (females)
  • Kauffman Hall (males)
  • Orchard Manor (males)
  • Delta House (males)
  • The Lodge (males/ females)
  • Lancer Lofts (males/females)

Each hall has a Resident Director and at least one Resident Assistant who oversee the halls and serve to develop spiritual growth in the residents. Each hall also has at least one Growth Group Leader, who leads weekly small-group meetings on the hall.

Off-campus association[edit]

Westminster Hall includes a lounge specifically for off-campus, commuting students.

Student activities[edit]

Grace students often get involved on campus by participating in campus groups or activities. The Student Activities Board (SAB) regularly plans special events on and off-campus. Some favorites include: Price is Right night, Ritter's Night, Pizza Hut night, and SAB Blowout, and themed semi-formal events. Recent semi-formals have included Swing Dance and '90s Night. Grace Intramural Program (GIP) includes intramural soccer, basketball, volleyball, and football as well as several special events.

Many students also participate in SERVE teams, which are student-led volunteer groups. Grace has more than 20 SERVE teams, which participate in both on and off-campus volunteer work. Some popular SERVE teams include: Boys and Girls Club, College Mentors for Kids, Our Father's House (serving at a local soup kitchen), and Grace Village (a team that visits the elderly in a local retirement home).

Other popular student activities include: tennis golf, hiking the Winona Lake trails, editing the Grace College Wikipedia page with bogus information, and ice skating on Winona Lake during the Winter months.

College newspaper[edit]

The college newspaper, The Sounding Board, is published weekly. Dr. Paulette Sauders, who chairs Grace's department of Languages, Literature, and Communication, serves as the paper's faculty advisor. Andrew Weidman is the current sports editor for the Sounding Board as of the 2014-2015 school year.


Most Grace College students attend chapel sessions from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on campus.


Grace College sponsors 15 intercollegiate sports, known as the "Lancers". The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division 1, and competes in the Crossroads League, formerly known as the Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Grace's athletic director is Chad Briscoe, who returned to Grace after 2 years at Mooresville High School as the athletic director. He was at Grace previously from 2007-2011. The athletic trainer is Christi Church of Kosciusko Community Hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center. Church's assistant trainer is Cassey Pontius.

Grace's men's basketball squad, coached by Jim Kessler, won the NAIA Division II men's championship in 1992, and in 2013, advanced to the Final Four. On October 31, 2014, Coach Kessler achieved his 700th career coaching win.

The fastest soccer coach to reach 450 wins, Coach John Bratcher, who coaches women's soccer at Indiana Wesleyan University, is an alumnus of Grace.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "About Grace | Grace College & Seminary". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b "McClain, Alva J". BMH Books. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Hoyt, Herman A". BMH Books. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Davis, John J". BMH Books. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Verbatim: Grace College adds 3-year degree option". The Journal Gazette. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2014-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Fast Facts". Grace College and Seminary. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "3 & 4-year Degree Programs". Grace College and Seminary. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Directory of HLC Affiliated Institutions: Grace College and Seminary". Retrieved 2005-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Accreditation/Affiliations". 
  11. ^ "Council of Independent Colleges website". 
  12. ^ "Current Institutional, International, and Associate Members". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  13. ^ "National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities website". 
  14. ^ "Alphabetical List of Members: G". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  15. ^ "Independent Colleges and Universities of Indiana website". 
  16. ^ "Campus Profile". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Council for Christian Colleges and Universities website". 
  18. ^ "Members: Grace College & Seminary". Archived from the original on 2005-12-06. Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  19. ^ "Association of Christian Schools International website". 
  20. ^ "Membership: School". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  21. ^ "NCATE Accredited Institution". Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  22. ^ "REPA Approved Teacher Preparation Programs". Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  23. ^ "Grace Theological Seminary | The Association of Theological Schools". Retrieved 2014-07-10. 

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