Lancaster Bible College

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Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Bible College Seal
Established 1933 (1933)
Type Private bible college
Religious affiliation Non-denominational
Academic staff 66 full-time, 72 part-time[1]
Admin. staff 92 full-time, 22 part-time
Students 1,600[1]
Undergraduates 1,175
Postgraduates 417
Location Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States USA
40°4′30″N 76°17′17″W / 40.07500°N 76.28806°W / 40.07500; -76.28806Coordinates: 40°4′30″N 76°17′17″W / 40.07500°N 76.28806°W / 40.07500; -76.28806
Campus Suburban, 109 acres (.45 km2)
Former names Lancaster School of the Bible (1933–1973),
Lancaster Bible College & Graduate School (1996–2010)
Hymn "My Hope Is in the Lord"
Colors Red and White          
Athletics NCAA Division III,
11 varsity sports
Nickname LBC
Mascot Charger
Affiliations Association for Biblical Higher Education Middle States Association

Lancaster Bible College (LBC) is a private, coeducational Bible college and graduate school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that "exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the Church and society."[1]

Traditional undergraduate students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible. The college offers several Master of Arts and Master of Education degree programs,[1] along with a Doctorate in Leadership.[2]


Founded in 1933 by Henry J. Heydt, the original name of the school was Lancaster School of the Bible.[3] In 1957, the college made the move to its current location in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1973, the school took on its current name, and in 1981 the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave LBC official approval to offer the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree.

In 1994, LBC's graduate school was approved to award Master of Arts in Bible, Ministry, Counseling, and Master of Education degrees in School Counseling and Consulting Resource Teacher.

In 2013, LBC acquired Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary.


LBC’s undergraduate education grants two bachelor degrees, one associate degree, and two one-year certificates. One hundred and six faculty (part-time and full-time) teach at the college, 31 of whom have doctorates. Students can select from 25 undergraduate programs in the following departments: Bible Ministries, Church and Ministry Leadership, Counseling and Social Work, Degree Completion, Health and Physical Education, Intercultural Studies, Teacher Education, Communication, and Worship and Performing Arts. The institution's graduate education grants four masters degrees and five graduate certificates. Graduate students can select from 14 graduate programs in the areas of Bible, consulting resource teacher, counseling, leadership studies, pastoral studies, school counseling, and small group leadership. The school's Charles and Gloria Jones Library includes more than 290,000 items.[4]

Lancaster Bible College currently offers one doctorate in Leadership.

Lancaster Bible College is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a bible college with a high-undergraduate enrollment profile.[5] The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and Association for Biblical Higher Education, and is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.[6][7]

Students on average receive about $3,000 in financial aid from the college.[8] Reduced tuition for one class per semester is offered to junior and senior high school students.

LBC's current president is Peter W. Teague, EdD.[9] He was preceded by Gilbert A. Peterson (1979–1999), Dr. Stuart E. Lease (1961–1979), Dr. William J. Randolph (1953–1961), and Dr. Henry J. Heydt (1933–1953).

LBC's mission statement is as follows: "At Lancaster Bible College, our focus is on your journey to fulfill God's purpose for your life. Our mission has remained constant for over 75 years: to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the Church and society."[10]

In July 2012, LBC announced the launching of a Philadelphia campus through its partnership with the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS).[11] "The new partnership creates the Lancaster Bible College at CUTS program [or LBC@CUTS], one that establishes a satellite campus enabling students who attend CUTS to receive fully-accredited LBC diplomas beginning in September. CUTS organizers also have plans on consolidating its academic and administrative offices into one location: the former Tastykake factory in Hunting Park."[12]

In August 2012, the college's $12-million Student Learning Commons was opened during Commencement for the 2012-2013 academic year. "The [43,000-square-foot] building is fitted with three new classroom spaces, 11 collaborative study spaces, [the Charles and Gloria Jones Library] with more than 300,000 items, a music media lab, a writing center and disability services. The new structure utilizes environmentally sustainable features such as use of daylight, high-efficiency lighting and geothermal heating and cooling. Another feature of the student commons is the Bennee's Bistro, which offers food and beverages, outdoor patio seating and a hospitality suite available to outside groups."[13][14]

In January 2013, Lancaster Bible College announced that it had acquired the academic programs of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. The Maryland extension is called Lancaster Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary, Capital Campus. "It will serve adult learners in non-degree and graduate education courses, available in traditional, online and blended formats."[15][16] This latest initiative is part of the system of biblical higher education "committed to training Christian leaders for global impact."[17]

Student life[edit]

Lancaster Bible College has an enrollment of more than 1,105 students, almost 200 of whom are graduate students. They come from 32 states and 14 foreign countries.

It is a tradition for students to receive a towel along with their diploma as they graduate, as a symbol of foot washing and a reminder to use their education to serve others.[18]


Lancaster Bible College teams participate as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Chargers are a member of the NCAA's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), who they've recently joined beginning the 2011-12 season. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.


  1. ^ a b c d "Facts about LBC". Lancaster Bible College. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New PhD in Leadership Program Launched" (Press release). Lancaster Bible College. February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School". The Princeton Review. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Library". Lancaster Bible College. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School". The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lancaster Bible College". National Center for Educational Statistics. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lancaster Bible College". Pennsylvania Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Reilly, PJ (July 18, 2010). "The Hunting Connection; Sportsman's Odyssey Helps Lancaster Bible College Develop Partnerships And Long-Term Friendships". Sunday News (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). p. C9. 
  9. ^ ", reviewed April 14, 2014". 
  10. ^ "Mission and History". Lancaster Bible College. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ "LBC to Launch an Additional Location in Philadelphia this Fall". Lancaster Bible College. July 6, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Seminary Expands Program at Hunting Park Site". Philadelphia Tribune (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). August 9, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Lancaster Bible College to open newly completed Student Learning Commons". Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). August 27, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Student Learning Commons Officially Named". Lancaster Bible College. October 5, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lancaster Bible College extends reach into Maryland". Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). January 29, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Lancaster Bible College in the Capital Region". Lancaster Bible College. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ "". January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ Harris, Bernard (December 18, 2010). "Bible College Grads Are Urged To Serve; Fifty-Nine Graduates Receive Towels, Degrees And Words To Live By During Commencement At Good Shepherd Chapel". Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). p. B1. 

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