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History


Lancaster Bible College (LBC) was founded by Henry J. Heydt in September 1933 as Lancaster School of the Bible. Eight students were enrolled in the original class which met in the Convention Hall at West Orange and Pine Streets in Lancaster. In 1934, 1939, and 1941, the school relocated several times. Then in May 2, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Esbenshade presented the school with an eighteen acre tract of land in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, which, after extensive renovations of the buildings, became the new location for the institution. Residence facilities constructed in 1963 enabled the school to house students, and by 1994 a major addition to the land was acquired. Our Lancaster campus currently encompasses approximately one hundred acres.


In 2010, our focus became an ever-increasing commitment to adult learners as part of our five-year strategic plan, “Transformational Vision for a Preferred Future.” This “Adult Learners” initiative gave us the platform we needed for the development and growth of programming specifically designed for adult learners. During this period, our delivery systems were altered, our PhD in Leadership program was launched, and in 2012 we expanded to additional sites beyond Lancaster, partnering with the Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia, PA, Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN, and Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL. With the success of the adult learner initiative, LBC was ready for the next great step.


January 22, 2013 was a milestone in the history of LBC. With the goal of keeping the light of biblical higher education shining in our nation’s capital, LBC acquired the academic programs of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary (WBC/CBS). We also acquired two capital region sites- Greenbelt, MD and Springfield, VA. All WBC/CBS students and programs were assimilated into our LBC family and our institutional structure.


Then just one year later on January 21, 2014, LBC took the next step in its mission-driven journey and launched our new division, Capital Seminary and Graduate School (Capital), with the goal of serving adult learners at the graduate level. In place of the traditional delivery model, we are developing a model that leverages technology to bring seminary and graduate education to life-engaged adult learners. Students will no longer have to relocate to gain seminary and graduate-level credentials. By establishing Capital’s headquarters in our nation’s capital, we are able to more fully achieve our mission-to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.


The abbreviated time line that follows chronicles the change, growth, and evidence of God’s faithfulness in growing the ministry of Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

 

1933 Eight students in the first class
1939 Degree of incorporation granted by the Court of Common Pleas
1944 The name of the school, Lancaster School of the Bible and School of Theology, resolved by the Corporation
  Professional accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) initiated
1959 ABHE approval of college as an associate member after site visit
1962 Name changed to Lancaster School of the Bible
1964 ABHE approval of college as an accredited member of ABHE
1973 Upon provisional approval to grant degrees from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education, the name Lancaster Bible College became the official designation 
1976 Lancaster Bible College candidacy status with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) received
1981 Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) permanent approval granted to Lancaster Bible College to award the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree
  Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) certification granted to the Elementary Education program
1982 PDE approval granted for a two-year program offering the Associate of Science in Bible degree
  The Commission on Higher Education of MSA accreditation granted to LBC
1985 ACSI teacher certification granted for the graduates of the Bible Education (K-12) program and the Music Education (K-12) certification program
1990 PDE approval granted for graduates of the professional program in Secretarial Studies to receive an Associate of Science degree in Secretarial Studies
1991 Elementary Education program certification granted from PDE
1993 Graduates of the Elementary Education program in the Teacher Education Department approved to receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree
1994 ACSI Certification received for Programs in Guidance Counseling/Bible (K-12), Physical Education/Bible (K-12), and Early Childhood
  PDE approval granted for LBC’s Graduate School awarding the Master of Arts in Bible and the Master of Arts in Ministry degrees
1995 First graduate classes held
1997 Comprehensive self-study and reaffirmation by ABHE
2000 Two additional graduate degrees approved-Master of Arts with programs in counseling and Master of Education (MEd) with programs in school counseling
2001 Health & Physical Education program state certification received with graduates of these programs receiving dual certification from PDE and ACSI
2005 Music Education program certification granted from PDE
  MEd Consulting Resource Teacher program added and certification approved in Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling, and Reading Specialist
2007 MSA and ABHE approval granted to offer Bachelor of Science in Bible degree online through Degree Completion Program
  Comprehensive self-study and reaffirmation by MSA and ABHE
  First two bachelor’s/master’s programs offered-Elementary and  Secondary School Counseling
2009 MSA and ABHE approval granted for the online Concentrated Bible Course Certificate
  Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Counseling programs approved to be offered as bachelor’s/master’s programs
2010 Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) in Leadership Studies first year fast track first offered
  LBC received approval to grant its first doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership
2011 Four new MAM programs launched-Adult Ministry, Children & Family Ministry, Sports Ministry, and Student Ministry
  Communication added as a major in the undergraduate program
2012 MAM in Church Planting concentration announced
  Partnered with Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia, PA, Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN, and Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL
2013 LBC acquired the academic programs of Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary
2014 Launched Capital Seminary and Graduate School

Commitment to a rigorous academic education centered on God’s Word takes dedicated leadership. Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary and Graduate School have been served by faithful men who have trusted in God and His Word. Like the first president, Henry Heydt, they can say, “We have ever been impressed with the dignity of the promises of God. They are grounded on His eternal purpose, governed by His sovereign grace, and guaranteed in His immutable character.”

Dr. Peter W. Teague (1999-)
Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson (1979-99)
Dr. Stuart E. Lease (1961-79)
Dr. William J. Randolph (1953-61)
Dr. Henry J. Heydt (1933-53)