Grace Bible College is an institution that has grown and shifted a number of times since its founding. In 1939, we were Milwaukee Bible Institute, a training center for laymen and Sunday School teachers. It wasn’t until 1945 that a regularly scheduled daylong school was established. In the early 1960’s, Milwaukee Bible Institute was relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and became Grace Bible College. In 2018, we again will prayerfully embrace change as we take action to become Grace Christian University.
Stronger than ever, we are expanding the knowledge we impart with new programs, and building upon the rich history that we have built in our 79 years. Over time, we have added graduate programs, online learning, and have grown our undergraduate class. We exist to graduate godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and Society, and that great work will continue. This mission is truly at the center of our identity, no matter the name under which we work.
We exist to exalt Jesus Christ. Our work is to prepare culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace. The decision to study the possibility of a name change was rooted in our desire to best position our institution to do this work. Clearly, our vision and our ministry is more important than our name, though we all shared a heightened awareness of all that has come before us as we journeyed to become Grace Christian University.
Academic individuals are further empowered by an institution identifying as a university. The move to incorporate university as part of our name was prayerfully initiated in 2016, and became part of our guiding vision in early 2017. Our aspiration: to be identified both in name, brand, and identity as a biblical university that exists to exalt Jesus Christ by the year 2020. As of this spring, we have taken action toward this vision.
Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society
By 2020, Grace will be a vibrant Biblical University exalting Jesus Christ, preparing culturally intelligent students for diverse careers in the global marketplace
The years-long process to reach a new name and brand included town-hall sessions, focus group style workshopping with stakeholders with feedback from onsite and online students, alumni, and staff, as well as prayerful discussions by the Board of Directors and Administration. The new logo and image of the University will be integrated over the summer of 2018.