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Grace College and Theological Seminary
Motto Character, Competence, Service
Established 1948
Type Private
Religious affiliation Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Endowment $8.38 million [1]
President Dr. Ronald E. Manahan
Provost Dr. Bill Katip
Faculty 74
Students 1,308
Undergraduates 1,188
Postgraduates 120
Location Winona Lake, Indiana,
United States
Campus Rural, 165 Acres (0.667 km²)
Colors Red and White
Nickname Lancers
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Affiliations Mid-Central College Conference

Grace College is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian college (but is associated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) located in Winona Lake, Indiana. The college is also associated with Grace Theological Seminary.



In 1994, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools gave accreditation to Grace College and Seminary thereby joining the previously two individually-accredited institutions.[2][3] It is also a member of several organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Indiana Conference of Higher Education, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Indiana, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] It is also approved by the Association of Christian Schools International. [13][14]



Grace College

Grace began as a two-year college in 1948,[15] and is currently categorized as a four-year liberal arts school by The College Board.[16][17] Its mission statement reads, "Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies Biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service."

Grace Theological Seminary

The seminary enjoys a history that dates back to its 1937 organization by Alva J. McClain, the founder and first president. [15][18][19] [20] Its mission statement reads, "Grace Theological Seminary is a learning community dedicated to teaching, training, and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry. [21][22]

New Provost

The institution welcomed a new provost in 2007, Dr. Bill Katip, a Grace alumnus. Beginning with the start of the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Carrie Yocum will serve as the Assistant Provost.


The seminary is a candidate for accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. [23].

Prison Education

The institution has a ministry to the incarcerated in Indiana at various correctional facilities throughout the state directed by Dr. John Teevan.


Residence Halls

Alpha Hall, Beta Hall, Kent Hall (named after former Grace professor and president Dr. Homer Kent), Indiana Hall (called Indy by students), Westminster Hall (called Westy by students), Gamma C, Epsilon (called Epsy by students), Lamppost, and the Gamma Townhouse are the residence halls on campus. Each specific dormitory has an assigned resident director. Some residence halls have assistant resident directors (usually graduate students), who help with overseeing the residence hall), as well as resident assistants and growth group leaders that lead weekly small groups on the hall for residents.

Off Campus Association

For those students who do not live in the residence halls, there is the Off-Campus Association which has a lounge (OCL) designed specifically for its students. Due to the fact that many off-campus students are married, seminary or graduate students, a relatively small percentage of total off-campus students use the OCL. This leads the administration to falsely consider it an underused facility and an unnecessary expense. Against the protests of these active-use students, the OCL has been under constant threat of elimination due to "budgetary concerns."

Student activities

College Newspaper

The college newspaper is called The Sounding Board, and is published bi-weekly. The advisor is Dr. Paulette Sauders, who is also a professor of English at Grace.


Grace sponsors 15 intercollegiate sports: Volleyball (coached by Andria Harshman), Golf (coached by Bo Wright), Men's Soccer (coached by Matt Hotchkin), Women's Soccer (coached by Michael Voss), Men's Cross Country and Women's Cross Country (both coached by Neal Butler), Men's Tennis (coached by Larry Schuh), Women's Tennis (coached by Deron Datzman), Men's Basketball (coached by Jim Kessler), Women's Basketball (coached by Scott A. Blum), Cheerleading (coached by Jenna Carter), Baseball (coached by Josh Bailey), Softball (coached by Heather Everhart-Johnson), Track and Field (coached by Neal Butler)

Grace's athletic director is named Chad Briscoe. The volleyball and men's and women's basketball squads opened up play this past (2007-08) season in the beautiful new Orthopaedic Capitol Center. The athletic trainer is Kevin Schwartz of Kosciusko Community Hospital's Regional Rehabilitation Center.

The fastest soccer coach to reach 450 wins, Coach John Bratcher, who coaches women's soccer at Indiana Wesleyan University, is an alumnus of Grace.

See also

External links


  1. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2010". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ "The Higher Learning Commission website". 
  3. ^ "Directory of HLC Affiliated Institutions: Grace College and Seminary". Retrieved 2005-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Accreditation/Affiliations". 
  5. ^ "Council of Independent Colleges website". 
  6. ^ "Current Institutional, International, and Associate Members". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  7. ^ "National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities website". 
  8. ^ "Alphabetical List of Members: G". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Independent Colleges and Universities of Indiana website". 
  10. ^ "Campus Profile". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Council for Christian Colleges and Universities website". 
  12. ^ "Members: Grace College & Seminary". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  13. ^ "Association of Christian Schools International website". 
  14. ^ "Membership: School". Retrieved 2005-12-17. 
  15. ^ a b "Church of the Brethren Network: Brethren Encyclopedia". 
  16. ^ "The College Board website". 
  17. ^ "Grace College and Seminary: At a Glance". Retrieved 2005-12-16. 
  18. ^ "Feature: Brethren World Assembly". Retrieved 2005-12-15. 
  19. ^ "Believer's Web website". 
  20. ^ "Alva J McClain, 1888-1968, Grace Theological Semin.". Retrieved 2005-12-15. 
  21. ^ "Grace College and Seminary". 
  22. ^ "Dean of Seminary". Retrieved 2005-12-14. 
  23. ^ "Member schools". 


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