Trinity Lutheran College (Washington)

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Trinity Lutheran College
Former name
Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (LBI)
Motto Intellectual, Faithful, Engaged
Type Private
Active 1944 (1944)–2016 (2016)
Religious affiliation
Dean Michael W. DeLashmutt
Executive director Jim Lindus[1]
Undergraduates 166[1]
Location Everett, Washington, U.S.A.
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and Yellow
Mascot Eagle

Trinity Lutheran College was an accredited, Christian liberal arts college in Everett, Washington, that offered bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and 1-year certificates. The Campus Center was located in downtown Everett between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. The college ceased instruction in 2016.[1]


Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (LBI) was founded in 1944. LBI began as a small school dedicated to providing biblical studies education. Over the next 30 years the school grew to over 300 students, and offered many degrees and certificates.

Having outgrown the Seattle location, LBI moved in 1980 to Issaquah, Washington, to the campus formerly known as Providence Heights College. Shortly thereafter LBI sold a significant portion of their unused property on the south side of the school to a developer. LBI played a key role in the development of this property, transforming it into a thriving retirement community known now as Providence Point in honor of the previous school.

LBI became accredited and later changed its name to Trinity Lutheran College in hopes of reversing the declining student enrollment during the 1990s. Trinity added more degrees, including degrees in Social Work and Pre-law. Trinity offered admission to low-income students who were the first in their family to graduate from college. Trinity also added sports programs. In an effort to make the school more financially stable Trinity moved again in 2008, to a smaller campus located in Everett, Washington.

By 2016 Trinity's declining student enrollment numbers were unsustainable. Then President John Reed resigned under pressure. The Board of Directors formally announced Trinity would cease instruction at the end of the semester. The Trinity community conducted a closing ceremony on May 7, 2016, with speeches by students and alumni.


Intercollegiate athletics programs included men's and women's cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and track and field. Teams played as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Division I members of the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA).


The Trinity Lutheran College Campus Center opened fall semester of 2008 in Everett, Washington and was located at 2802 Wetmore Ave., at the corner of California St. and Wetmore Ave.

The Campus Center had five floors devoted to classrooms, administrative offices, faculty offices, the library, a student store, and a commons area. The center is served by a parking garage connected by a skywalk. Student housing was nearby, as is the YMCA, which was available for student use at no cost.


On January 12, 2016, Rev. Dr. Kevin Bates (Chair, Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors) released an open letter, expressing a plan to end operation of the college. Academic instruction ceased on May 7, 2016. [2]


  1. ^ a b c Chris Winters (January 12, 2016). "Trinity Lutheran College in downtown Everett to close". The Daily Herald. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ College, Trinity Lutheran. "An Open Letter to the Trinity Lutheran College Students, Faculty and Staff from the Board of Directors". Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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Coordinates: 47°58′49″N 122°12′27″W / 47.98028°N 122.20750°W / 47.98028; -122.20750