Get to Know Our Admissions Team

Tom R. Headlee

From: Marysville, MI

Trusted Christ: I accepted Christ as a teenager after being invited to church by friends. The Gospel was clearly presented and I went forward during the invitation. I still clearly remember praying to accept Christ in a little room off to the side of the platform.

Coming to the Bible Institute: As a young Youth Pastor, the Senior Pastor handed me a box and said, “This is what I want you to use.” It was a box of Word of Life Local Church Ministries materials. It was my first introduction to Word of Life. After many years as a Club leader, I was invited to join the Youth Reachout (short term missions) staff in 1996. Since then I have served in several areas of the ministry, including four years in Florida where I worked directly with the Bible Institute students in the financial area. Now the Lord has seen fit to place me in the Admissions department as the Assistant Dean here at WOLBI. I am married to my high-school sweetheart, Sharon. We have three married children (all WOLBI grads, along with their spouses) and four grandchildren.

He must become greater; I must become less.
John 3:30

Rachel Rogers

From: Jamestown, Ohio

Bible Institute Completion: 2011

Trusted Christ: 1996

Coming to the Bible Institute: I grew up in church my whole life. I still didn’t fully understand that what I believe about God determines everything else about me. After struggling in my walk with the Lord through high school, I realized that I needed to get a solid biblical foundation. I attended Word of Life in Hudson, Florida and God, through is word, absolutely changed my life. It truly was a year of transformation! No matter what you want to do long term, you will not regret time spent studying the Word of God. It is an investment that will last for eternity!

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:3-4

Mike Daniels

From: Christmas, Florida

Bible Institute Completion: 2013

Trusted Christ: 2005

Coming to the Bible Institute: I came to the BI after 5 summers of impact on my life at Word of Life Florida Youth Camp. I saw the lives of my counselors and supervisors and how much they LOVED the Lord. I wanted that in my life, and decided to come spend a year studying Gods Word. Little did I know the impact that it would have on my life! Now 2 years later I am blown away by Gods love for me and want to do nothing but serve the Lord with the rest of my life!

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Micah Vanzant

From: Xenia, Ohio

Bible Institute Completion: 2013

Trusted Christ: 2008

Coming to the Bible Institute:During my first year of college, the Lord totally got a hold of my heart and showed me that the only way to truly experience joy is by abiding in Him. A few weeks later, I heard about the Bible Institute for the first time. After going and checking out the campus, and I knew that Word of Life was exactly where I needed to be. After two years of studying God’s Word and being involved in numerous ministry opportunities, the Lord had made clear to me how needy I am of His grace. I can’t imagine living my life for anyone else, other than the King.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2

Amber Roman

From: Saint Petersburg, FL

Bible Institute Completion: 2011

Trusted Christ: July, 2004

Coming to the Bible Institute: My mom took us to church every week when I was young and I heard about God and Jesus, but thought you only had to be a "good" person and go to church to be saved. When I went to the Word of Life Florida Youth Camp I saw that being a Christian wasn't just about being a "good person" it was about having a personal relationship with Christ. After working at the Word of Life Florida Youth Camp for four summers I decided to come to the Word of Life Bible Institute in 2009.

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21

Kelsey Wallace

From: Frederick, Maryland

Bible Institute Completion: 2012

Trusted Christ: April 15, 1996

Coming to the Bible Institute: I came to Word of Life because I knew that I needed a solid, Biblical foundation in my life, even more so than just simply growing up in the church. Ever since I was in 6th grade, I believed the Lord was leading me to be a missionary and God has BLOWN MY MIND with studying His Word in such a deep and intimate way.

as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Keith Balsley

From: South Bend, IA

Bible Institute Completion: 1990

Trusted Christ: Summer 1973

Coming to the Bible Institute: I had the privilege to be raised in a home that loved the Lord Jesus Christ. It wasn't until I went to my first Christian camp at the age of 12 that I realized I needed a personal relationship with Christ. After the salvation message I asked Christ to come into my life. Fast forward to college where I met my wife and God called us to the Word of Life Bible Institute where I became the athletic director. I enjoyed 7 years of ministry at the bible institute in NY and then I transferred down to the Florida campus to be the ministries coordinator and now the Dean of Admissions.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Jeremiah 33:3

Wendy Williamson

From: Chicopee, MA

Trusted Christ: I accepted Christ at the age of seven during Sunday School class. My teacher went through John 3:16 and explained my need of a Savior. What a blessing to be God’s child!

Role at the Bible Institute: The Lord has given me the oppurtunity to serve and help young people from other countries while they are studying with us. I take care of the admissions for the NY and FL campuses and then am “the mom” of the group here in NY in the Student Life Department. It’s so awesome to see the students lives change as they sit under the teaching of God’s Word. I love our international students here at WOLBI!

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16


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Campus Preview

Campus Preview is a great opportunity for you to come visit the campus, make friends, meet the staff, and interact with current students. If you're a high school junior or senior, college-aged student, or are just interested in a solid Bible education, Campus Preview is for you!

Can't make it for a Campus Preview event? No problem! Register for a personal campus visit in New York by calling 800-331-9673 Monday through Friday, 11AM to 6PM. To register for a personal campus visit in Florida call 727-379-5027 Monday through Friday, 8AM to 6PM.

  • All adult sponsors will need to provide their own housing but are welcome to eat in the dining hall and follow the "Campus Preview" schedule.
  • The registration deadline is one week prior to your date of arrival.


What You Get

  • All your meals
  • The full dorm life experience
  • Meet current students
  • Hear some of our incredible speakers
  • Attend special student events

What To Bring

  • Bible, pen, and notebook
  • Sleeping bag and towel (dorm accommodations only)
  • Men: dress slacks for class and casual clothes for free time
  • Women: nice clothes for class and casual clothes for free time
  • Casual clothes for athletic events

New York

  • April 10-12, 2014
  • May 8-10, 2014
  • $20

Register online for our
New York Campus Preview

Call 800-331-9673 for NY


  • May 1-3, 2014

Register online for our
Florida Campus Preview

Call 727-379-5027 for FL


  • April 3-4, 2014
  • May 8-9, 2014
  • $20

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid Information

The financial aid process can be overwhelming. For that reason, we’re not going to try and squeeze the information in here. Instead, we have a whole page to help walk you through it. Hopefully you can find all the information that you’re looking for there. If not, as always, feel free to contact us!

Cost of Attendance & Financial Aid Information

International Students

Word of Life Bible Institute welcomes international students and values diversity. Since Word of Life is a global ministry, students from all over the world attend different campuses, giving each campus a unique blend of culture and language. This helps all of our students to develop a more global mindset and appreciation for the rest of the world. We all serve the same God, and the experience of living and worshipping together as an international body of Christ is truly amazing.

In addition to the stated admissions requirements, all international students must be able to read, write and communicate in English. Students who do not have English as their first language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). International students must also complete a Statement of Support indicating their ability to fund their education at the Bible Institute.

If you have any questions, please email wendywilliamson@wol.org. We would love to see you here with us!

Wendy Williamson
International Student Advisor
Email: wendywilliamson@wol.org
Fax: 1-518-494-1534

We want to make the application process as easy as possible for our international students so please use the following list to help you prepare to study with us:

Documents Required for Admission

Once these items have been received your application will be reviewed for acceptance into the Bible Institute program. If you are accepted you will be mailed your I-20 so that you may apply for an F-1 student visa.

Other Items



The following items are required in order to attend Word of Life Bible Institute. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

  • Each applicant must be at least 17 years of age at the time of registration.
  • Since the Bible Institute is a post secondary institution, each application must be a high school graduate, have obtained a GED or have met the requirements of New York State (or their state) regarding High School completion by the time they enroll for their first semester. Home school applicants may take the GED or submit the Home School Verification Form along with a transcript using the Sample Transcript Form.
  • Transcripts are required for all secondary and post-secondary education.
  • Each applicant must be in agreement with Word of Life's Statement of Faith and signify a willingness to abide by its Standard of Conduct.
  • Each applicant must give testimony to being born again and indicate a sincere desire to study the Word of God.
  • It is recommended that each student take either the ACT or SAT test and have the results sent to the Admissions Office at Word of Life Bible Institute. The ACT scores are preferred. The ACT school code is 2991; the SAT School Code is 7974.
  • A confirmation deposit of $250 is required of all accepted applicants to secure on-campus housing and to solidify attendance. This deposit is treated as a tuition payment and will be credited toward the first semester school bill.

Enrollment Forms

Please Note: These forms are provided here to help aid offline applications and some other areas of the enrollment process. Please do not fill out these forms unless you are asked to do so. If you are looking to apply to the Bible Institute, please use the online application unless instructed otherwise.

Printable Application


A printable copy of the Bible Institute application form. Please make sure all fields are filled in before sending.


Statement of Faith/Standard of Conduct


All students need to read through the Statement of Faith (what we believe) and our Standard of Conduct (what we ask students to submit to while a student) and send it in with a signature signifying willingness to abide by both as a student.


Student Handbook


An important part of life at the Bible Institute are the rules that we have in place to maintain order and teach a disciplined lifestyle. Download a copy of the student handbook to find out what you can expect as a student here at WOLBI.

Download the Student Handbook


Testimony Worksheet


All students are expected to write their testimony. Please follow the instructions carefully and complete all required sections before you submit this form.

Testimony Worksheet

Pastor Reference


Please give this form to your pastor, youth pastor, or other church leader that knows you the best. Please note that references cannot be completed by family members.

Pastor Reference

Non-Pastor Reference


Please give this form to an adult that knows you well and has observed you in a work or educational setting. Please note that references cannot be completed by family members.

Non-Pastor Reference


Transcript Request Form


Students who attended public or private school should use this form to request transcripts be sent to the Bible Institute for review. All students need to have a second transcript indicating high school graduation sent before they will be able to enroll as a student.

Transcript Request

Home School Verification Form


Students who completed a home education program need to submit this verification form along with their final transcript in order for it to be considered official. Initial transcripts do not need to have a verification form, only final transcripts.

Home School Verification

Sample Transcript Form


For home school families who have not assembled a high school transcript before, this sample form offers a simple format to help in the process.

Sample Transcript


What to Bring


Have a question about what to bring with you to the Bible Institute? We have compiled a list of commonly needed items to help you decide what to pack.

Packing List

Health Form


All students are required to submit a health form in order to attend school. Please follow the instructions carefully and submit as soon as possible. All vaccinations need to be on official documentation or have a doctor signature to be considered official. Please attach copies of any insurance cards as well.

Health Form

Sports Physical


Only students intending to participate in our organized sports ministry teams need to submit this physical form in addition to their standard health form.

Sports Physical


NY Leadership Application


New York campus students who would like to participate in our campus leadership program must apply for consideration. Please follow the instructions carefully for submission.

NY Leadership Application

FL Leadership Application


Florida campus students who would like to participate in our campus leadership program must apply for consideration. Please follow the instructions carefully for submission.

FL Leadership Application


Recent Ministry Results

My heart for missions and ministry is in the right place now.
- Sarah Hix, Bible Institute Student