About Lancaster Bible College

Our Mission

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 80 years: to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the Church and society.

Our History

Lancaster Bible College was founded by Henry J. Heydt in September 1933. Eight day students and 14 evening students were enrolled in the original class, which met in the Convention Hall at West Orange and Pine Streets in Lancaster. William J. Randolph '50 succeeded Heydt as president. From 1954-61, President Randolph moved the school toward accreditation, and the size of the campus grew, initiated by a gift of land in 1957 from Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Esbenshade.

In 1961, the school's academic dean, Stuart E. Lease, was elected president. During his seventeen-year presidency, the student body grew to more than 400 students, and the campus expanded to 36 acres. Finally, in 1973, the school earned provisional approval to grant the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bible, and the school officially became Lancaster Bible College (LBC).

When Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson began his duties as president in 1979, he focused on debt reduction. Within five years, LBC raised more than $500,000 toward financial stability and more than $1.5 million toward the school's endowment. Additional land was purchased, bringing the campus size to 100 acres.

In 1999, Dr. Peter W. Teague became LBC's fifth and current president. Since then, the Good Shepherd Chapel, Olewine Dining Commons, and Peterson Hall were completed. In February 2007, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved LBC's offering the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree completely online.


Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (ABHE).