Our focus is on your journey to fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Our mission has remained constant since 1933: To educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.
9 academic departments
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Varsity sports, plus intramural sports
Lancaster Bible College is a private Bible college with a thriving student population composed of undergraduate, undergraduate adult education and graduate learners.
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 and Washington Bible College.
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.
What does God want to do with your life?
Seeking the answer to that question is central to defining your experience as a student at LBC. The academic programs, driven by a caring, dedicated faculty and staff, are designed to help you discover and grow your God-given abilities to make an impact in the world.
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).
Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Schools of Music.
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.
Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification), ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, admission to and enrollment with the College.