Lancaster Bible College

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Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Bible College Seal
Former names
Lancaster School of the Bible (1933–1973),
Lancaster Bible College & Graduate School (1996–2016)
Type Private bible college
Established 1933 (1933)
Affiliation Non-denominational
President Dr. Peter W. Teague
Provost Dr. Philip E. Dearborn
Academic staff
70 full-time, 154 part-time[1]
Administrative staff
131 full-time, 35 part-time
Students 1,970 [1]
Undergraduates 1,499
Postgraduates 468
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)
Hymn "My Hope Is in the Lord"
Colors Red and White          
Athletics NCAA Division III,
13 varsity sports
Nickname LBC
Affiliations Association for Biblical Higher Education Middle States Association
Mascot Charger

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School (LBC I Capital) is a private, coeducational Bible college and seminary[2] 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]

Lancaster Bible College offers a full range of collegiate programming from non-credit courses, to undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. The college offers several Master of Arts and Master of Education degree programs,[1] along with three Doctorate programs.[3]

In addition to their Lancaster location which houses all of their traditional undergraduate programs, LBC | Capital has four additional sites that offer accelerated undergraduate degrees for adult students, and/or graduate programs. These affiliated sites are in Greenbelt, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Boca Raton, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee.


Founded in 1933 by Henry J. Heydt, the original name of the school was Lancaster School of the Bible.[4] 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 July 2012, LBC announced the launching of a Philadelphia site through its partnership with the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS).[5] "The new partnership creates the Lancaster Bible College at CUTS program [or LBC | Capital - Philadelphia], one that establishes a satellite campus enables students who attend LBC | Capital - Philadelphia to receive fully-accredited LBC | Capital diplomas.

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."[6][7]

In January 2013, Lancaster Bible College announced that it had acquired the academic programs of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary in Greenbelt, Maryland. The college's graduate school is called Capital Seminary and Graduate School. The Greenbelt site is now called LBC | Capital - Greenbelt. "It will serve adult learners in non-degree and graduate education courses, available in traditional, online and blended formats."[8][9] This latest initiative is part of the system of biblical higher education "committed to training Christian leaders for global impact."[10]

Since that time, LBC | Capital has added satellite locations in Boca Raton, Florida and in Memphis, Tennessee that offers a limited number of graduate or undergraduate degrees.

LBC | Capital completed construction of the Charles Frey Academic Center, as well as construction on a new dorm building, in early 2016. The Charles Frey Academic Center houses an online radio station and a video production suite.


LBC’s undergraduate education grants six bachelor's degrees, one associate degree, and two one-year certificates. Over one hundred and seventy faculty (part-time and full-time) teach at the college, many of whom have doctorates.

Students can select from 30 undergraduate majors (and nine minors) from the following departments:[11]

Academic Departments[edit]

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Bible & Theology
  • Business Administration
  • Church & Ministry Leadership
  • Counseling & Social Work
  • Education
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Worship & Performing Arts

Graduate Education[edit]

The institution's graduate education grants six master's degrees and nine graduate certificates.[12] Graduate students can select from 14 graduate programs in the areas of:

  • Divinity
  • Christian Counseling & Discipleship
  • Biblical Studies
  • Consulting Resource Teacher
  • Professional Counseling
  • Ministry
  • School Counseling.

Doctorate Programs[edit]

Lancaster Bible College currently offers three doctorate programs in Leadership, Biblical Studies, and Ministry.[12]


The school's Charles and Gloria Jones Library comprises one of the largest holdings among Bible colleges worldwide with 192,000 items and over 300,000 shared ebooks.[13]

Lancaster Bible College is classified by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a bible college with a high-undergraduate enrollment profile.[14] 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.[15][16]

Students on average receive about $3,000 in financial aid from the college.[17] Reduced tuition for one class per semester is offered to junior and senior high school students.

LBC's current president is Dr. Peter W. Teague.[18] 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).

Student life[edit]

Lancaster Bible College has an enrollment of more than 1,970 students, 468 of whom are graduate students. They come from 32 states and 14 foreign countries. As of 2015, LBC had 449 residents and 337 traditional undergraduate commuters. There are also over 10,000 alumni.

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.[19]


Lancaster Bible College teams (which are only at the college's Lancaster campus) participate as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division II and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Chargers are a member of the NCAA's North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Notable alumni[edit]

Wayne Cordeiro ('17), a prolific author, megachurch pastor (New Hope Christian Fellowship) and speaker, graduated with his Doctor of Ministry[20] from Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School on May 12, 2017. He was the first person to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree from the college and gave the keynote address at the commencement ceremony for the Lancaster campus.[21]


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  2. ^ "About Lancaster Bible College". Retrieved 2016-11-08. 
  3. ^ "New PhD in Leadership Program Launched" (Press release). Lancaster Bible College. February 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School". The Princeton Review. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "LBC to Launch an Additional Location in Philadelphia this Fall". Lancaster Bible College. July 6, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lancaster Bible College to open newly completed Student Learning Commons". Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). August 27, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Student Learning Commons Officially Named". Lancaster Bible College. October 5, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lancaster Bible College extends reach into Maryland". Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). January 29, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lancaster Bible College in the Capital Region". Lancaster Bible College. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "". January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
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  13. ^ "Library". Lancaster Bible College. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School". The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lancaster Bible College". National Center for Educational Statistics. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lancaster Bible College". Pennsylvania Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ ", reviewed June 13, 2016".  External link in |title= (help);
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ Negley, Erin. "Who is speaking where at 2017 college graduations in and around Lancaster County". Lancaster Online. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  21. ^ Writer, ERIN NEGLEY | Staff. "Who is speaking where at 2017 college graduations in and around Lancaster County". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 

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