The February 2021 installment of “The Way It Was” takes us back to the turn of the century and millennium, as LBC | Capital went through several changes from 1997 to 2001. From a presidential change to a brand new chapel on campus, the students, faculty and staff entered the information age with a flurry of activity.
LBC | Capital’s fourth president, Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson, had served the college since 1979 and in 1999 turned the reigns of the college over to Dr. Peter W. Teague. Dr. Teague would eventually serve 21 years in the role of president, as he and Dr. Peterson helped guide the college for over 41 years. Dr. Teague helped lead the college in the completion of several buildings on campus and was also at the helm as LBC | Capital began offering a litany of classes online.
Dr. Peterson had been influential in bringing the campus into financial security at the beginning of his term in the early 1980s, and also expanded the campus to 100 acres during his time as president.
As the millennium turned from 1999 to 2000, LBC | Capital continued to expand its influence in the community and the world with a renewed focus on academics, athletics and spiritual growth on campus.
This month’s episode of our “Tales from Eden Road & Beyond” podcast features an interview with Dr. Peter W. Teague, as he recounts the early years of his tenure as president and discusses the impact LBC | Capital has had here in Lancaster, as well as the college’s sites in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and more. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and at this link.
Additionally, another newly posted podcast features Dr. Shirley Tucker. Listen here.
Events and Notes from 1997-2001
1. Dr. Teague Presidency Begins: On Nov. 20, 1999, Dr. Peter W. Teague was inaugurated as the fifth President of Lancaster Bible College. Dr. Teague had assumed the duties of the president on July 1, 1999, but shared his special day with many guests and family members a few months later. The 2000 yearbook remarked about Dr. Teague, “Students appreciate the interest that has been shown by President Teague in student activities and his willingness to get to know each person. The awareness stems from the admirable quality that Dr. Teague has displayed, not only at home, but also at work—a servant’s heart.”
2. Good Shepherd Chapel Completed: The Good Shepherd Chapel was completed in 2001, as the campus celebrated having a space to worship and gather together for chapels, music performances and much more. Prior to the chapel being fully completed, students and staff joined together during the fall semester (Fall 2000) and braved the cold, while worshipping together in the new chapel.
3. Improvements in Technology: There were large technological changes in the world during the years of 1997-2001, and those changes were evident on the campus of LBC | Capital as well, as email began to be used more throughout the campus and in everyday life. Improvements in the library included moving library resources online.
4. Missions Trips Continue to Expand: LBC | Capital continued to offer missions trip opportunities, as students traveled to Luxembourg, Germany, Jamaica, St. Lucia, New York City and many more places late in the 20th century.
5. 2001 Graduation: The Class of 2001 was the first class to celebrate graduation in Good Shepherd Chapel, which was completed just a few weeks prior to commencement.