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Located in the heart of the Adirondacks our “home” campus boasts the best adventure sports around.

Climb high peaks such as Mt. Severance, discover natural bridges and caves, and experience amazing winter sports.

Our NY campus is some of God’s most beautiful handiwork on display. During the summer experience water sports as the campus located on the far end of Schroon Lake.

3d model of the Word of Life Bible Institute in New York
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Without a doubt, we know how to have fun. Some of the activities that we offer on campus include talent shows (who sang it better?!), bonfires with plenty of s’mores, concerts and so much more! Plus, because our campus is located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you can walk out the front door and have your own adventure any day of the year!

Our campus activities include all of the following and more:

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Improv Night

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Copy of Adventure Race

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Spirit Week

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Dorm Dinner Devotions

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Brother/Sister Dorm Challenges

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Talent Show

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Movie Nights

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End of the Year Banquet

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Intramural Sports

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Coffee Houses

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Holiday Parties


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Justin Cousins
Dean of Men

Justin Cousins

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Drew Burtis
Dean of Students

Drew Burtis

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Julia Lough
Administrative Assistant

Julia Lough

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Karen Smith
Dean of Women

Karen Smith

Where you are from: Pennsylvania

The year you trusted Christ: My mother led me to the Lord when I was 7.  She said that there was a big change in my life!  It was at WOL camp that I dedicated my life to whatever God had for me.

Favorite verse: “This has carried me through so much!” ~Isaiah 26:3-4.

How you came to the Bible Institute: I had been a camper for years (Ranch, Ranger Camp & Island).  I knew I wanted to study the Bible and serve a camp.  I was so excited that graduated high school a year early.

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Kara Strahan
Admissions and Recruitment Manager

Kara Strahan


I had the privilege to grow up in a Christian home and came to know the Lord at a young age. After high school, I went on to Clearwater Christian College where the Lord allowed me to grow and develop in my relationship with Him. After college, I came to Word of Life Florida to work for a couple of years before meeting my husband and living in Indiana for several years before the Lord brought our family back to Florida. I now serve as the Admissions and Recruitment Manager for both Bible Institutes and am so thankful for the ministry God has given me here.

Word of Life is a family. I think one thing that sets the Bible Institute apart from other schools is its size, and the ability for staff members and other adults to come alongside and encourage and disciple students in a personal way.

Brian Tanedo
Dean of Enrollment & PDSO

Brian Tanedo


I grew up in a broken home. My parents were divorced and not living for God and my childhood was full of difficulties. But, when I was 7, both of my biological parents came to know the Lord as their Savior! After that, I was constantly in church and started hearing the Gospel, or the good news. It wasn’t until I was in junior high when my Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at my public school took me to see a play called Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames that I understood I had sin in my life.

I was angry at my parents for divorcing and bitter toward my dad and step-dad for their mistakes. I was lustful and jealous of others. God showed me that night that my sin would keep me from His presence in heaven and that I needed saving from His wrath for sin. I knew that I would be separate from God forever if I died right then! But God, graciously showed me as well that there is hope and I could have salvation that meant my sins were forgiven and my relationship with Him restored if I turned from my sin, put my faith in His Son Jesus Christ, and believed that God raised him from the dead.

I prayed that night to turn from my sin to Christ! It was the best decision I have ever made. After I graduated high school, I started attending a public community college, but through some terrible decisions, God showed me he had a different plan for my life. I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in 2008-2009 and God radically changed my life! I knew that I had forgiveness, but it wasn’t until I was at the Bible Institute that I realized that I needed, and wanted, to give God my whole life, not just trust Him with my eternal security.

I ended up staying with Word of Life as an intern, I met my wife here and we eventually left to start a family. After serving several years in Admissions at WOLBI, I received a job at Cedarville University in their Admissions Department. A couple of years, and kids later, my wife and I accepted Word of Life’s offer to come back and lead the Admissions Department. I am so blessed to serve at the college that God used to change my life and my mission is to see every Christian find that deeper walk with God and I believe the best place to do that is at the Word of Life Bible Institute!

I think what makes Word of Life different is that the students are immediately putting their faith and learning into action through ministry. Every student is required to be in ministry and you learn very early on that ministry doesn’t mean just preaching. Anything in life that we do can be a ministry and can point people to God. I have been on platform ministries and behind the scenes ministries, and it all brings glory and honor to Him with equal opportunity to show people Jesus.

Tom Davis
Bible Department Chair and Distinguished Professor

Tom Davis

Where you are from: Phoenixville, PA

The year you trusted Christ: August of 1960.  My grandfather came to know the Lord in his 50s. He began to share the gospel with my Mom & Dad. They resisted. My grandparents gave us a free vacation at Word of Life Inn in Schroon Lake, NY.  I was seven and my parents were 30 when we came to Christ that summer.

Favorite verse: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” ~Ephesians 3:20 & 21

How you came to the Bible Institute:  I thought that one year of Bible would be a good foundation before going to engineering school. During the course of the year at WOLBI (1971-72) I went from wanting to be an engineer, to wanting to be a missionary pilot, to wanting to be a missionary to Israel, to not knowing what I wanted to be but wanting to study the Bible more.

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Todd Steltz
Academic Dean

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