Word of Life Bible Institute offers an intensive one and two-year Bible program. A diploma is awarded for the successful completion of two years, each of which is comprised of two semesters and a summer ministry/internship emphasizing practical ministry. Students who complete the first year are also recognized at graduation.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.- 2 Timothy 2:15
If the Bible is the foundation for life, then it only makes sense that we would take the time to study and understand God's Word correctly.- Nathan Martin, Bible Institute Student
There is limited academic assistance offered for students with academic struggles: group tutoring, peer tutoring, study skills seminars, and academic advising. Students may contact the Academic Dean for further information regarding these programs.
Word of Life Bible Institute is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting body. TRACS can be contacted at P.O. Box 328, Forest, VA, 24551, or by phone at (804) 525-9539. More information is also available at www.tracs.org.
The New York State Education Department approves Word of Life Bible Institute for operation in New York State.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security approves Word of Life Bible Institute for the training of international students.
The New York State Education Department approves Word of Life Bible Institute for the training of veterans.
Transfer to other schools: Depending upon the anticipated course of study and academic record, two years of credit are normally granted by most Christian colleges.
Old Testament Survey BSHG101
This course conducts an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi. Pertinent background and introductory material is covered. The theme and main teaching of each book are considered. The particular contribution of each book to the Canon is noted. Time permitting, difficult or vital passages of each book are explained.
45 clock hours
New Testament Survey BSHG103
This course conducts an overview of the Bible from Matthew to Revelation. Pertinent background and introductory material is covered. The theme and main teaching of each book are considered. The particular contribution of each book to the Canon is noted. Time permitting, difficult or vital passages of each book are explained.
45 clock hours
Christian Disciplines PRTH101-104
A minimum of 225 hours each semester are spent in a variety of required activities designated to cultivate and mature each student in a godly fashion. Students must complete these components in each semester of their studies. Approximately 50% of the grade will be objective. The rest is subjective: evaluations by the Deans, Resident Assistants, other students and the student himself. The student is trained in the areas of quiet time, prayer, personal evangelism, testimonies, Sunday school lessons, and devotional talks. In the fall, the students are prepared for witnessing with weekend seminars by experienced evangelists. During the first half of the fall semester, the students are led on witnessing trips by the staff. The student body is then divided into several ministry groups: Choir, Open Air Evangelism, Local Church Ministries, Children's Ministry Teams, Spanish Outreaches, etc. This course provides a tool for the staff counselor and a measuring stick for the student to gauge his character as observed through the eyes of others. Included in these hours are quiet time (a personal time of intense Biblical reflection: 2.5 hours per week), devotions (observed recitation time: 1.5 hours per week), chapel (less formal lecture time addressing a wide range of current or pertinent issues: 2 hours per week), worship (structured services with student participation in various aspects of traditional worship services: 3 hours per week), work assignment (supervised training addressing market-place skills and attitudes: six to eight hours per week) and Scripture memory (recitation time testing the student's mastery of assigned verses).
225 clock hours per semester
Church History CHHI102
One week is given to tracing the conflict between God and Satan throughout human history. Two weeks are spent in providing the outline of church history. The student will gain an appreciation for the faithful personalities of the past, aspiring to learn more and become more like them.
31.5 clock hours
Daniel & Revelation BIBL167
Daniel - Many of the foundations of Dispensationalism can be traced to this book. Special attention is devoted to the role of a strong testimony in a decadent society.
Revelation - The signs and symbols of this prophetic book are presented within a dispensational framework.
31.5 clock hours
Personal Evangelism & Acts EVAN102
Personal Evangelism - Ten lectures are provided by a prominent specialist in the field. Also included are three hours of supervised practical experience in actual evangelistic settings.
Acts – In twenty lectures the start of the Church is traced and the evangelistic techniques of the Apostles are emphasized.
31.5 clock hours
Summer Institute of Camping – CHCA101-103
This ministry provides ten weeks of intensive practical training and experience in the operation of a Christian camp. Two semester-hours are awarded for the counseling classes, two semester-hours for counseling experience, and two semester-hours for First Aid or two hours for supervisory skills.
400 clock hours (class and practicum)
General Epistles BIBL160
The student will study either 1 Peter or 2 Peter/Jude plus James and Hebrews. 1 Peter reveals the heart of Peter and exhorts believers to endure in the Christian life. 2 Peter and Jude emphasize the dangers of personal and corporate apostasy. James is a personal challenge to a pure Christian life. Hebrews is a masterful explanation of the superiority of Christ as taught in light of the background of the book of Leviticus. The New Covenant is a major emphasis.
31.5 clock hours
Gospels Exposition BIBL175
The student will study Matthew for twenty lectures and then either ten lectures in John or the Passion Week of the Life of Christ. In Matthew the life and ministry of Christ is studied from the Jewish perspective. In John the Life of Christ will be presented with an emphasis on why John expected Jews and Gentiles to believe in Jesus of Nazareth. In the Passion Week, ten class sessions will cover the events of the last week of the life of Christ. Background and calendar issues will be discussed. The physical, social, and spiritual suffering of Christ will be analyzed leading to a renewed appreciation of Christ's love for us.
31.5 clock hours
Pastoral Epistles & Counseling BIBL180
Pastoral Epistles – In twenty lectures 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus are taught with the goal of showing the exegetical basis for church organization and function. Special emphasis is placed on the qualifications for elders and deacons.
Introduction to Biblical Counseling – Ten lectures will be invested developing a biblical basis for counseling and giving guidance in the counseling process. The Nouthetic model of Biblical Counseling is explained and promoted.
31.5 clock hours
Pauline Epistles BIBL185
Galatians – Ten lectures are devoted to this Epistle which provides warnings against the dangers of mixing works with grace, and challenges believers to godly Christian living through the power of the indwelling Spirit.
1 Corinthians – Ten lectures are devoted to this Epistle which addresses several problem areas for the Church. Paul's view on the proper use of spiritual gifts is a major emphasis.
Philippians – Ten lectures are devoted to this Epistle which is a word of encouragement and comfort expressing how believers can pattern their thinking and behavior after Jesus Christ and find lasting joy and contentment.
31.5 clock hours
Romans is the classic treatise on justification by faith. Students will be able to use select verses from Romans in soul-winning. Emphasis is placed on Israel's relationship to the Church. Students will also recognize the practical results of justification in Christian life and service.
30 clock hours
Old Testament Exposition I BIBL170
Genesis 1-11 – Ten lectures will place special emphasis is placed on the literal interpretation of Genesis 1-11. Students are introduced to the four key events of early human history: Creation, The Fall, The Flood and The Tower of Babel.
Ezra – Ten lectures will be spent examining the spiritual leadership principles found in Ezra.
Leviticus – In ten lectures a thorough description of the Old Testament sacrificial system and religious practices connected with the holy days are presented.
Judges – Judges may be substituted for Ezra some years. In the book of Judges, the spiritual decline of Israel under the judges is noted.
31.5 clock hours
Old Testament Exposition II BIBL171
Ecclesiastes— Ten lectures will be spent examining a piece of Old Testament wisdom literature which provides surprisingly contemporary evaluations of the cycles of life and the futility of living apart from the divine point of view.
Creation Seminar – Ten lectures will be spent studying the Biblical and scientific foundations for a creationist view of origins.
Ezra – Some years Ezra will be substituted for the Creation Seminar. Ten lectures will be spent examining the spiritual leadership principles found in Ezra.
Proverbs – The student is introduced to Old Testament wisdom literature in ten lectures. Proverbs is a source of practical, relevant wisdom for everyday life and interpersonal relationships.
31.5 clock hours
Theology I THEO101
This course includes Theology Proper, Bibliology, Anthropology, and Christology.
45 clock hours
Theology II THEO102
This course includes Soteriology, Angelology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
46.5 clock hours
Grades can be viewed online with the appropriate password. All grades issued at the end of the semester are final and are placed on the student’s transcript.
When grades are computed, a student may be placed in one of several classifications depending upon their grade point average: Dean’s Honor List (3.50 or above), Dean’s List (3.00 – 3.49), Academic Probation (2.00 or below), and Academic Discipline (below 1.50 at end of first semester to below 2.00 by middle of second academic semester). Details of Academic Probation, Discipline, or Dismissal are found in the Academic Handbook.
The grading scale is as follows:
|93-100 = A||4.00|
|89-92 = B+||3.50|
|85-88 = B||3.00|
|81-84 = C+||2.50|
|77-80 = C||2.00|
|74-76 = D+||1.50|
|60-73 = D||1.00|
|0-59 = F||0|
Students will be allowed to participate in recognition ceremonies but will not receive their diploma or transcripts until all financial obligations have been met in full. Those meeting all of the requirements of the first year, but with a cumulative average of less than 2.0, receive a Certificate of Attendance. Students can begin their training in either September (fall semester) or February (spring semester).
The mission of Word of Life Bible Institute is to educate each student within a rigorous academic and structured discipleship atmosphere preparing them to live a life of maximum effectiveness for the Lord
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Word of Life Bible Institute as an educational institution has developed its entire program around a particular philosophy of education. This philosophy of education is based on three key words: Know (study) Grow (life), and Show (ministry). These three words characterize our approach to education.
Believers are commanded to study the Word of God, accepting it as their foundation and authority. Since discipleship and character building are the responsibility of godly leadership, we need to build an institution that will educate students in Biblical doctrine and conduct through the classroom and lifestyle of our staff. Our goal is to produce students that practice excellence in the Christian life bringing glory to God.
We believe that the Bible is not only the foundation for morality, but it is authoritative in every area that it addresses. It is therefore the beginning of wisdom and a prerequisite for any academic endeavor. - 2 Tim 2:15
We believe that any study of the Bible must be built on a proper relationship to Jesus Christ. - Col 2:6-7
We believe that intellectual "knowing" is only a beginning step, and that a student has not learned until he has put this knowledge into practice. - 2 Tim 2:1-2
We believe that character development is a legitimate concern of education. - Col. 1:9-11, 2:8-9; Titus 2:7-8
We believe that staff and faculty are more than teachers, they are role models and as such must display Christian character and commitment before the student. - Ezra 7:10, 1 Cor. 4:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20
We believe that doctrine is the foundation for all our endeavors. - 2 Tim. 3:16; Titus 2:1
Word of Life Bible Institute is a two-year, non-degree granting institution whose high academic standards are recognized by most Christian colleges.
Whether the Lord leads a student to the mission field, the ministry, a trade, business, a profession, or any other field of endeavor, in the light of eternity, the most important issue is how effective that person is for the Lord.
Effectiveness in Christian service is measured by the influence that is exerted in the lives of other to lead them to Christ or to help them toward spiritual maturity.
The emphasis of the first year is Biblical Foundation. The emphasis of the second year is Ministry Foundation.
A diploma is awarded for the successful completion of two years, each of which is comprised of two academic semesters and a summer ministry. Students who complete the first year are also recognized at graduation with a Bible certificate.
Word of Life Bible Institute is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) which is a federally (USDE) recognized accrediting agency for Christian post secondary education. Word of Life Bible Institute is listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education Directory.
Glenn Amos is Assistant to the President at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA.
Dr. Dan Anderson is President of Appalachian Bible College.
Dr. Bjornstad is recently retired as Professor of Philosophy at Cedarville University.
Dr. Doug Bookman is professor at Shepherd's Seminary of Cary, North Carolina.
Rev. Bill Boulet is senior pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida.
Rev. John Bouquet is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Savannah, Ohio.
Dr. Calder served in the pastorate for many years before beginning his present ministry Local Church Evangelism.
Mike is Special Assistant to the President, Word of Life Fellowship.
Dr. Caner is President of Truett-McConnell College in Georgia. He was raised the son of an Islamic leader and converted to Christ in 1982.
Dr. Tom Davis is the Academic Dean and Professor of the Word of Life Bible Institute. He is a graduate of WOLBI as well as Grace Theological Seminary and Nova Southeastern university.
Jimmy DeYoung is a credentialed journalist in Jerusalem and can be seen on Day of Discovery TV programs.
Dr. Frank Eberhardt is founder and director of Gospel Outreach to Roman Catholics Taylors, South Carolina.
Dr. Gerald Franz is Library Director at Southwest Florida College.
Ric Garland is Vice President of LCM - Word of Life Local Church Ministries.
Dr. Ben Gutierrez is the Administrative Dean for Undergraduate programs & Professor of Religion at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Dr. Gutierrez serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Pastoral team with Rev. Jonathan Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA.
Dr. Don Hubbard is the former pastor of churches in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida.
Rev. Gary Ingersoll, Bible Survey Professor at WOLBI Florida since 1997, has been a youth pastor and WOLClubs missionary for over 10 years.
Dr. Jeffery is President of Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA.
Dr. Jordan is the former Executive Director of Word of Life Fellowship.
Don Lough is the Chancellor of Word of Life Bible Institute and the Executive Director of Word of Life Fellowship; Inc.
Dr. John Master is Chairman and Professor at Philadelphia Biblical University.
Dr. McAlack is Associate Professor at Philadelphia Biblical University.
Dr. Mortenson is representing Answers in Genesis.
Dr. Moyer is Founder and President of EvanTell in Dallas, Texas.
Rev. Randy Patten is Executive Director of NANC (National Association of Nouthetic Counselors).
Mr. Peterson is the founder of Total Life Management, and he is also involved in Leadership Development, Special Events and Missions Ministries for Permier Designs of Dallas, Texas.
Tom Phillips is Vice President of Word of Life Florida.
Dr. Ray Pritchard is Founder of Keep Believing Ministries, After pastoring for over 20 years, he now travels exensively in a speaking ministry. He has authored over 25 books including An Anchor for the Soul.
Dr. Scheide is Associate Academic Dean and Campus Pastor at WOLBI Florida.
As a representative and staff coordinator of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Bruce Scott has authored several books as well as contributes to the magazine Israel My Glory. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and son.
Rev. Simcox is the Northeastern States Director of Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry.
Mrs. Karen Smith is the Dean of Women at Word of Life Bible Institute.
Mark Strout is the Executive Dean at the New York Bible Institute. He graduated from the BI and received his M.Min. from Baptist Bible College. Mark served as director of Parole de Vie (Word of Life in Sherbrook, Quebec) for 16 years, and was a key member in starting the Bible Institute there. He is married to Laurie and they have 3 adult children.
Dr. Steve Viars is Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Layfayette, Indiana and a board member of NANC.
Dr. Ware is President of Crossroads Bible College and pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Thomas White is from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mrs. Joy White teaches Women's Ministries.
Dr. Marshall Wicks is a resident professor at Word of Life Bible Institute.
Dr. Wilt is the Director of Fellowship International Mission in Allentown, PA.
Russell Woodbridge is the Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at Southeastern College at Wake Forest, NC where he serves as the Associate Dean of the College.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.- Psalm 119:105