About LBC

Established in 1933, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is a private non-denominational Bible college with a thriving student population consisting of undergraduate, seminary and graduate learners. LBC | Capital offers non-credit courses, undergraduate programs, masters and doctoral degree programs–in class, online and blended.

The main campus 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, as well as the bustling nearby small town of Lititz.

Guided by President Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD, DMin, LBC | Capital continues to build toward the college’s vision to be a premier learning community that intentionally develops the head, heart and hands of servant ministry leaders for global impact.

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.

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College Verse: 1 Peter 1:25: “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 (2020-21)

15:1

College-wide Student-to-Faculty Ratio (2022-23)

20

Collegiate Sports

9 men | 11 women + intramural

97%

of all undergrad students receive financial aid

32

Countries represented by past and present doctoral students

Offering Global Education

In 2013, LBC expanded beyond Lancaster by acquiring the academic programs of Capital Bible Seminary in Greenbelt, Md., today known as LBC | Capital—Washington, D.C. The College has also had a growing presence in Philadelphia through the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), which is now known as LBC | Capital—Philadelphia. Today through our partnerships, LBC | Capital courses are being offered in countries like Uganda and Brazil.

LBC | Capital continues to expand our footprint globally through additional programming in an online format to reach students across the country and around the world with top-notch biblically integrated educational options.

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Additional Facts About LBC | Capital

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

  • 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
  •  International Alliance for Christian Education

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History

Lancaster Bible College was founded by Henry J. Heydt in September 1933. Eight daytime 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 to 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. 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 president. During his tenure the Good Shepherd Chapel, Olewine Dining Commons, Peterson Hall, Charles Frey Academic Center and Donald H. Funk Athletic Field were completed. Additionally, the Teague administration added online undergraduate programs and expanded the graduate school to offer terminal degrees.

On February 1, 2020, Lancaster Bible College welcomed its sixth president, Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis. Dr. Kiedis came to LBC from Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., where he served as senior pastor for 10 years. He was a member of the college’s Corporation since 2012, taught graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member and for six years served as the lead mentor for the church planting concentration of the Master of Arts in Ministry program. Under Dr. Kiedis’ leadership, the college added 25 new online bachelors and masters programs in one calendar year and was named the No. 1 Online Bible College in America.

Traditional Undergraduate

Traditional undergraduate students discover where God is calling them on a beautiful campus in a nurturing and safe environment where they can grow academically, spiritually and personally.

Undergraduate Adult Education

Adult Education students are earning undergraduate degrees both online and evenings in class in Lancaster, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in settings designed around their busy schedules and life.

Seminary & Graduate

Ministry leaders and industry professionals are making impact in their fields through masters, doctorates and graduate certificates in both seminary and graduate school tracks.

Take Your Next Step at LBC

Ready to learn more about becoming a part of the LBC | Capital family and taking the next step in your educational journey? Your journey is our focus.