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Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is a private Bible college with a thriving student population composed of undergraduate, undergraduate adult education and graduate learners. LBC | Capital offers non-credit courses, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. The college offers several Master of Arts and Master of Education degree programs, along with doctorate programs. Established in 1933.

The main location is in Lancaster, PA, about 40 miles east of Harrisburg and 70 miles west of Philadelphia. The campus is a short drive from a thriving downtown Lancaster community that features excellent cultural, artistic, and dining experiences.

In 2013, LBC expanded beyond Lancaster by acquiring the academic programs of Capital Bible Seminary.

Guided by the leadership of current college president, Thomas L. Kiedis, Ph.D., this acquisition continues to build toward the college’s vision to be a premier, evangelical, globally accessible, technologically advanced institution of higher education.

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.

Learn more about our Mission, Vision & Core Values

College Verse: 1 Peter 1:25a, “But the word of the Lord endures forever”
College Hymn: My Hope Is In the Lord
College Colors: Black + Red (PMS 186)
Mascot: Charger

Quick Facts

2,386+

Undergraduate & Graduate Students

(Fall 2021)

14:1

Student to Faculty Ratio
Traditional Undergrad

16:1

Student to Faculty Ratio
Graduate Studies

20

Collegiate Sports

9 men | 11 women, plus intramural sports

Offering Global Education

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Additional Facts About LBC | Capital

Lancaster Bible College holds accreditations, approvals or memberships with the following:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (ABHE)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Evangelical Training Association (ETA)
  • Approved by the United States Department of Justice for the training of non-immigrant international students

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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 1954-1961, 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 17-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 5 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 president. Since then, the Good Shepherd Chapel, Olewine Dining Commons, Peterson Hall, Charles Frey Academic Center and Donald H. Funk Athletic Field 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.

On February 1, 2020, Lancaster Bible College welcomed its sixth president, Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis. Dr. Kiedis comes to LBC from his role as senior pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Florida where he has served since 2010. He is no stranger to LBC | Capital. He has been a member of the college’s corporation since 2012, an adjunct faculty member and served as the lead mentor for the church planting concentration of the Master of Arts in Ministry program from 2012 to 2018.

Undergraduate

Traditional college experience for on-campus

Adult Education

Earn an undergraduate degree in less time than you think through our online or one night a week in class.

Seminary & Graduate

Earn your masters, doctorate or graduate certificate in either our seminary or graduate school tracks.

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