LBC | Capital Doctoral Students Make Impact as College Presidents

by LBC Marketing

April 11, 2023

Posted: April 11, 2023

LBC | Capital Doctoral Students Make Impact as College Presidents

by LBC Marketing

Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School’s doctoral programs attract many impressive professionals who are leaders in their fields. But you might be surprised to know that at least four LBC | Capital doctoral graduates or students also serve as college presidents.

LBC | Capital offers four doctoral programs in online and/or hybrid formats:

Check out how these LBC | Capital doctoral graduates and students are making impact at their learning institutions:

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Philip Bloom

Philip Boom, PhD Student
President, Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, Iowa

“The PhD in Leadership program at LBC | Capital has been of great value in my professional and personal journey as a leader. The work is rigorous and highly stimulating. The cohort model allowed me to establish new relationships over the duration of the program, and beyond. Starting and completing a PhD program as an adult learner would not be possible for me without the shepherding care and support of the LBC faculty and advisors. It has been a wonderful experience of learning and growing with fellow students. The faculty, staff and leadership of Lancaster Bible College demonstrate the kind of servant leadership that encompasses the program. They have always been there to help me at every step of the journey.”

Dr. Jim Culbertson (’87, ’14 & ’21)

Jim Culbertson, PhD (’87, ’14 & ’21)
President, New England Bible College, Bangor, Maine
(Installation, August 2023)

With a long LBC history, Jim’s wife, Wendy-Jo (’89) is also a graduate.

“The PhD in Leadership program affords participants the opportunity to earn a terminal degree while keeping-up with busy lives and ministries from nearly anywhere around the world. My time in the program was exceptional as I learned from caring, yet demanding, professors. It was rich in relationships with fellow students across a couple of different cohorts. Some may wonder about the blended format, but for me it was a perfect blend of reading and engaging online, and the meeting together a few times a year for in-person instruction. I highly recommend LBC | Capital’s PhD in Leadership program.”

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Dr. Ken Kemper (’18)

Ken B. Kemper, PhD (’18)
President, Grace Christian University, Grand Rapids, Mich.

“I was blessed to study at LBC | Capital for my PhD in Leadership. The professors were excellent, the format was engaging, and the classes were immediately applicable to my leadership situation. The core of biblical leadership was clear, and required work was scholarly and challenging to stretch and grow me. I am a proud graduate and have recommended others to follow my course of enrolling [at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School].”

Kris R. Palmer, PhD (’17)
President, Heartland Christian College, Bethel, Mo.

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Dr. Kris Palmer (’17)

“In looking back at my time as a student at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, several significant highlights stand out in terms of the benefits of completing my PhD through the Leadership program. The blended program allowed me to complete my PhD while still fulfilling the responsibilities of being a college president and a ministry leader. At the same time, there was an ongoing synchronous application of what I was learning into the leadership practice of my everyday life. This was enhanced through the privilege of the learning I received both from a wide variety of scholars in the teaching cadre and my contemporaries through the cohort model of the program. The bottom line for me was that the blessing of what I received through the LBC | Capital Leadership program has been priceless.”

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