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“The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge.”

Proverbs 1:7

Classical Education

Reformation Bible College’s philosophy of education is rooted in the grand tradition of classical Christian education. The cornerstone of our academics is rigorous study of God’s Word and the doctrines of the Reformed faith. From this foundation you learn the great works of art, philosophy, and music of the Western world, studying them with a critical eye from a Christian perspective.

Many colleges and universities have abandoned classical education in favor of either broad liberal arts degrees that are quite unrelated to professional development or skill-specific, technical degrees with very little focus on intellectual development — and neither of these pursuits typically account for what is defined in Scripture as true wisdom, the fear of the LORD.

It’s our belief that classical Christian education, which produced some of the finest minds in our history, prepares you to excel in life by first knowing God and understanding how to think critically from a Christian worldview. This foundation allows you to succeed no matter your chosen career path.

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Our Programs

Our curriculum is intensely focused on equipping you to fulfill the highest vocation, knowing God.

At Reformation Bible College, we study theology for life. RBC strives to give students a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and Christian Reformed doctrine, gained through the core curriculum which includes courses in Bible, systematic theology, the great works of philosophy, literature, and music; as well as courses in

apologetics, church history, and languages.

Our degrees and majors will help students lay a firm theological foundation for whatever lies ahead. We aim to develop articulate leaders grounded in the truths of God’s Word, a generation whose vocation will be informed and infused by humanity’s chief end—to know and glorify God.



Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies major is a 120-credit-hour undergraduate academic degree program designed for students who desire a biblical and theological education with an emphasis on the study of the original languages and historical context of the Bible. Following is the proposed sequence of study.

Fall 1
BIB101 Biblical Hermeneutics
An introduction to the science and art of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on the historical-grammatical method.
BTH101 Biblical Theology I
A study of the content of Old Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “shadows” of the promised Messiah in the old covenant.
COR101 Communication
This course covers all aspects of communication including critical thinking skills, introductory logic, and written and oral communication in various genres and formats.
HIS101 Early and Medieval Church
A survey of church history from the close of the Apostolic age to the eve of the Reformation.
STH101 Theological Prolegomena
A study of the nature, method, and sources of theology; general and special revelation, including the inspiration and authority of holy Scripture; and canonicity.
Spring 1
BIB152 Law
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the Law: Genesis through Deuteronomy.
BTH152 Biblical Theology II
A study of the content of New Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “better things” of the new covenant.
HIS152 Reformation to the Present
A survey of church history from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present day.
STH152 The Doctrine of God
A study of the existence and attributes of the Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture, with a focus on the formulation of Nicea.
HUM151 Great Works of the Ancient World
An introduction to selected works of literature and art of the ancient world, including works by such figures as Plato, Herodotus, Homer, and Augustine.
Fall 2
BIB203 Prophets
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets.
GRE201 Greek I
A course introducing the study of the elements of biblical Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.
HUM202 Great Works of the Middle Ages
An introduction to select works of literature, music, and art of the Middle Ages, including works by such figures as Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Dante, and Chaucer.
HUM304 Shakespeare
An introduction to select works of William Shakespeare.
STH203 The Doctrine of Man
A study of mankind in the state of innocence, sin, and grace, including his creation, the material and immaterial aspects of his being, and his fall.
Spring 2
BIB254 Writings
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
GRE252 Greek II
A course concluding the study of the elements of biblical Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax, while reading portions of the New Testament. Prerequisite: Greek I.
HIS253 Ancient Near Eastern World
A survey of the languages, cultures, history, and geography of the ancient Near Eastern world from the beginning of Western civilization through the early centuries B.C.
PHI252 Modern Philosophy
STH254 The Doctrine of Christ
A study of the person and work of God the Son, with a focus on the formulation of Chalcedon.
Fall 3
BIB305 The Gospels and Acts
An overview of the four Gospels (Matthew–John) and Acts in the New Testament.
GRE303 Greek III
A course devoted to a survey of biblical Greek syntax, while building vocabulary, translating selected texts, and introducing New Testament textual criticism. Prerequisites: Greek I and II.
HEB301 Hebrew I
A course introducing the study of the elements of biblical Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax.
HIS304 Greco-Roman World
A survey of the languages, cultures, history, and geography of the Greco-Roman world from the early centuries B.C. through the early centuries A.D.
STH305 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Salvation
A study of the person and work of God the Holy Spirit and a study of the application of God’s grace to sinners, with a focus on the basics of covenant theology and the ordo salutis.
Spring 3
BIB356 The Pauline Epistles I: Romans
A detailed examination of the Apostle Paul’s most influential epistle: the epistle to the Romans.
HEB352 Hebrew II
A course concluding the study of the elements of biblical Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. Prerequisite: Hebrew I.
HUM355 Great Works of the Rationalists and Romantics
An introduction to selected works of literature, music, and art of the Enlightenment, including works by such figures as Austen, Bach, Beethoven, Edwards, Franklin, Goethe, Shelley, and Voltaire.
STH351 Theology of Ministry
A study of the theological foundation for ministry. This course will consider the biblical, theological, and historical basis for a Reformed view of the ministry of the gospel.
Elective
Fall 4
BIB407 The Pauline Epistles II: Corinthians-Philemon
An overview of the Apostle Paul’s epistles (excluding Romans).
HEB403 Hebrew III
A course devoted to a survey of biblical Hebrew syntax, while building vocabulary, translating selected texts, and introducing Old Testament textual criticism. Prerequisites: Hebrew I and II.
APO401 Christian Apologetics I: Foundations
A survey of the biblical foundations and mandate for apologetics, as well as the history of Christian apologetics from the early church to the present day. Includes the study of the major apologetic methodologies such as classical apologetics, evidentialism, and presuppositionalism.
STH406 The Doctrine of the Church
A study of the nature and purpose of the church, including a study of the church’s worship and sacraments.
STH402 Practice of Ministry
Spring 4
BIB458 Hebrews to Revelation
An overview of the book of Hebrews, the General Epistles and the book of Revelation.
STH457 The Doctrine of Last Things
A study of personal and cosmic eschatology, focusing on death, the intermediate state, the second coming, the general resurrection, the final judgment, and the final destiny of the just and the unjust.
COR452 Vocation
This capstone course addresses issues in ethics; the transition to graduate studies, professional ministry, and occupations; our work as image-bearers; and glorifying God in all of life.
BIB459 Advanced Biblical Exegesis
A study of the New Testament use of the Old Testament. This course will consider exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological aspects of how the New Testament interprets the Old Testament in light of the person and work of Christ.
Elective

Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Christian Thought

The Christian Thought major is a 120-credit-hour undergraduate academic degree program designed for students who desire a firm theological foundation for whatever vocation God has for them. 18-credit-hours of electives allow students the flexibility to tailor their major to suit their interest and future goals. Following is the proposed sequence of study.

Fall 1
BIB101 Biblical Hermeneutics
An introduction to the science and art of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on the historical-grammatical method.
BTH101 Biblical Theology I
A study of the content of Old Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “shadows” of the promised Messiah in the old covenant.
COR101 Communication
This course covers all aspects of communication including critical thinking skills, introductory logic, and written and oral communication in various genres and formats.
HIS101 Early and Medieval Church
A survey of church history from the close of the Apostolic age to the eve of the Reformation.
STH101 Theological Prolegomena
A study of the nature, method, and sources of theology; general and special revelation, including the inspiration and authority of holy Scripture; and canonicity.
Spring 1
BIB152 Law
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the Law: Genesis through Deuteronomy.
BTH152 Biblical Theology II
A study of the content of New Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “better things” of the new covenant.
STH152 The Doctrine of God
A study of the existence and attributes of the Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture, with a focus on the formulation of Nicea.
HIS152 Reformation to the Present
A survey of church history from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present day.
HUM151 Great Works of the Ancient World
An introduction to selected works of literature and art of the ancient world, including works by such figures as Plato, Herodotus, Homer, and Augustine.
Fall 2
BIB203 Prophets
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets.
HUM202 Great Works of the Middle Ages
An introduction to select works of literature, music, and art of the Middle Ages, including works by such figures as Boethius, Anselm, Aquinas, Dante, and Chaucer.
STH203 The Doctrine of Man
A study of mankind in the state of innocence, sin, and grace, including his creation, the material and immaterial aspects of his being, and his fall.
PHI201 Ancient Philosophy
An examination of the philosophical ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and other philosophers of the ancient world.
Elective
Spring 2
BIB254 Writings
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
PHI252 Modern Philosophy
A study of the most influential modern philosophers from Descartes through Hegel.
STH254 The Doctrine of Christ
A study of the person and work of God the Son, with a focus on the formulation of Chalcedon.
HUM253 Great Works of the Renaissance
An introduction to selected works of literature, music, and art of the Renaissance, including works by such figures as Cervantes, Donne, Machiavelli, Marlowe, Michelangelo, Milton, More, and Raphael.
Elective
Fall 3
BIB305 The Gospels and Acts
An overview of the four Gospels (Matthew–John) and Acts in the New Testament.
HUM304 Shakespeare
An introduction to select works of William Shakespeare.
HTH301 Theology of the Early and Medieval Church
A study of Christian doctrine and practice from the early church to the late Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the study of primary sources.
STH305 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Salvation
A study of the person and work of God the Holy Spirit and a study of the application of God’s grace to sinners, with a focus on the basics of covenant theolgy and the ordo salutis.
Elective
Spring 3
BIB356 The Pauline Epistles I: Romans
A detailed examination of the Apostle Paul’s most influential epistle: the epistle to the Romans.
HUM355 Great Works of the Rationalists and Romantics
An introduction to selected works of literature, music, and art of the Enlightenment, including works by such figures as Austen, Bach, Beethoven, Edwards, Franklin, Goethe, Shelley, and Voltaire.
HTH352 Theology of the Reformation
A study of Christian doctrine and practice in the various branches of the church at the time of the Protestant Reformation, with an emphasis on reading the primary sources.
PHI353 Contemporary Philosophy
A study of the most influential philosophers since Hegel to the present day.
Elective
Fall 4
APO401 Christian Apologetics I: Foundations
A survey of the biblical foundations and mandate for apologetics, as well as the history of Christian apologetics from the early church to the present day. Includes the study of the major apologetic methodologies such as classical apologetics, evidentialism, and presuppositionalism.
BIB407 The Pauline Epistles II: Corinthians-Philemon
An overview of the Apostle Paul’s epistles (excluding Romans).
HTH403 Post-Reformation Theology
A study of Christian doctrine and practice since the time of the Reformation, with an emphasis on studying the primary sources.
Elective
STH406 The Doctrine of the Church
A study of the nature and purpose of the church, including a study of the church’s worship and sacraments.
Spring 4
APO452 Christian Apologetics II: Issues
A study of the most important issues facing Christian apologists in the twenty-first century.
HUM457 Great Works of the 20th Century
An introduction to select works of literature, music, and art of the twentieth century, including works by such figures as Hemingway, Lewis, Orwell, Solzhenitsyn, and O’Connor.
STH457 The Doctrine of the Last Things
A study of personal and cosmic eschatology, focusing on death, the intermediate state, the second coming, the general resurrection, the final judgment, and the final destiny of the just and the unjust.
Elective
COR452 Vocation
This capstone course addresses issues in ethics; the transition to graduate studies, professional ministry, and occupations; our work as image-bearers; and glorifying God in all of life.

Associate of Arts in Theology

The Associate of Arts in Theology is a 60-credit-hour undergraduate academic degree composed of RBC’s core courses. This program is designed for students who desire a solid biblical and theological foundation before taking the next steps of their academic or career path. Following is the proposed sequence of study.

Fall 1
BIB101 Biblical Hermeneutics
An introduction to the science and art of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on the historical-grammatical method.
BIB305 The Gospels and Acts
An overview of the four Gospels (Matthew–John) and Acts in the New Testament.
BTH101 Biblical Theology I
A study of the content of Old Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “shadows” of the promised Messiah in the old covenant.
COR101 Communication
This course covers all aspects of communication including critical thinking skills, introductory logic, and written and oral communication in various genres and formats.
STH101 Theological Prolegomena
A study of the nature, method, and sources of theology; general and special revelation, including the inspiration and authority of holy Scripture; and canonicity.
Spring 1
BIB152 Law
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the Law: Genesis through Deuteronomy.
BIB356 The Pauline Epistles I: Romans
A detailed examination of the Apostle Paul’s most influential epistle: the epistle to the Romans.
BTH152 Biblical Theology II
A study of the content of New Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “better things” of the new covenant.
STH152 The Doctrine of God
A study of the existence and attributes of the Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture, with a focus on the formulation of Nicea.
HUM151 Great Works of the Ancient World
An introduction to selected works of literature and art of the ancient world, including works by such figures as Plato, Herodotus, Homer, and Augustine.
Fall 2
BIB203 Prophets
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets.
HIS101 Early and Medieval Church
A survey of church history from the close of the Apostolic age to the eve of the Reformation.
HUM304 Shakespeare
An introduction to select works of William Shakespeare.
STH203 The Doctrine of Man
A study of mankind in the state of innocence, sin, and grace, including his creation, the material and immaterial aspects of his being, and his fall.
APO401 Christian Apologetics I: Foundations
A survey of the biblical foundations and mandate for apologetics, as well as the history of Christian apologetics from the early church to the present day. Includes the study of the major apologetic methodologies such as classical apologetics, evidentialism, and presuppositionalism.
Spring 2
BIB254 Writings
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
HIS152 Reformation to the Present
A survey of church history from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present day.
PHI252 Modern Philosophy
A study of the most influential modern philosophers from Descartes through Hegel.
STH254 The Doctrine of Christ
A study of the person and work of God the Son, with a focus on the formulation of Chalcedon.
COR452 Vocation
This capstone course addresses issues in ethics; the transition to graduate studies, professional ministry, and occupations; our work as image-bearers; and glorifying God in all of life.

Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Degree Completion)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Degree Completion) is a 60-credit-hour undergraduate academic degree composed of RBC’s core courses. This program is designed for students who have obtained at least 60 hours of well-rounded undergraduate cred or an Associate of Arts degree at another institution. These credits will be applied towards a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from RBC. Following is the proposed sequence of study.

Fall 1
BIB101 Biblical Hermeneutics
An introduction to the science and art of biblical interpretation, with an emphasis on the historical-grammatical method.
BIB305 The Gospels and Acts
An overview of the four Gospels (Matthew–John) and Acts in the New Testament.
BTH101 Biblical Theology I
A study of the content of Old Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “shadows” of the promised Messiah in the old covenant.
COR101 Communication
This course covers all aspects of communication including critical thinking skills, introductory logic, and written and oral communication in various genres and formats.
STH101 Theological Prolegomena
A study of the nature, method, and sources of theology; general and special revelation, including the inspiration and authority of holy Scripture; and canonicity.
Spring 1
BIB152 Law
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the Law: Genesis through Deuteronomy.
BIB356 The Pauline Epistles I: Romans
A detailed examination of the Apostle Paul’s most influential epistle: the epistle to the Romans.
BTH152 Biblical Theology II
A study of the content of New Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “better things” of the new covenant.
STH152 The Doctrine of God
A study of the existence and attributes of the Trinitarian God revealed in Scripture, with a focus on the formulation of Nicea.
HUM151 Great Works of the Ancient World
An introduction to selected works of literature and art of the ancient world, including works by such figures as Plato, Herodotus, Homer, and Augustine.
Fall 2
BIB203 Prophets
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets.
HIS101 Early and Medieval Church
A survey of church history from the close of the Apostolic age to the eve of the Reformation.
HUM304 Shakespeare
An introduction to select works of William Shakespeare.
STH203 The Doctrine of Man
A study of mankind in the state of innocence, sin, and grace, including his creation, the material and immaterial aspects of his being, and his fall.
APO401 Christian Apologetics I: Foundations
A survey of the biblical foundations and mandate for apologetics, as well as the history of Christian apologetics from the early church to the present day. Includes the study of the major apologetic methodologies such as classical apologetics, evidentialism, and presuppositionalism.
Spring 2
BIB254 Writings
Following the structure of the Hebrew Bible, this course surveys the books designated as the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
HIS152 Reformation to the Present
A survey of church history from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present day.
PHI252 Modern Philosophy
A study of the most influential modern philosophers from Descartes through Hegel.
STH254 The Doctrine of Christ
A study of the person and work of God the Son, with a focus on the formulation of Chalcedon.
COR452 Vocation
This capstone course addresses issues in ethics; the transition to graduate studies, professional ministry, and occupations; our work as image-bearers; and glorifying God in all of life.
Academic requirements for completion

For Bachelor of Arts in Theology Degrees:
Completion of a total of 120 credit hours is required. To graduate, a student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a four-point scale.

For Associate of Arts in Theology Degree:
Completion of a total of 60 credit hours is required. To graduate, a student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a four-point scale.

For Foundation Year:
Completion of a total of 24 credit hours is required. To graduate, a student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a four-point scale

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year Program is designed for students who desire to build a solid theological foundation before entering a vocation or continuing their education. It is a one-year, 24-credit-hour certificate program with an emphasis on apologetics, Biblical Theology and Church History. Following is the proposed sequence of study.

Fall
BTH101 Biblical Theology I
A study of the content of Old Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “shadows” of the promised Messiah in the old covenant.
HIS101 Early and Medieval Church
A survey of church history from the close of the Apostolic age to the eve of the Reformation.
APO401 Christian Apologetics I: Foundations
A survey of the biblical foundations and mandate for apologetics, as well as the history of Christian apologetics from the early church to the present day. Includes the study of the major apologetic methodologies such as classical apologetics, evidentialism, and presuppositionalism.
Elective
Spring
BTH152 Biblical Theology II
A study of the content of New Testament biblical theology, focusing on the relationship between the testaments and emphasizing the “better things” of the new covenant.
HIS152 Reformation to Present
A survey of church history from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present day.
PHI252 Modern Philosophy
A study of the most influential modern philosophers from Descartes through Hegel.
Elective
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Our faculty and staff

The leadership and faculty of Reformation Bible College consist of some of the most well respected Reformed scholars and educators in the United States.


R.C. Sproul
Chancellor, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology
Stephen J. Nichols
President, Professor of Historical Theology
John Tweeddale
Academic Dean, Professor of Theology
Derek W.H. Thomas
Visiting Professor of Theology
Keith A. Mathison
Professor of Systematic Theology
David E. Briones
Professor of New Testament
Terry Yount
Dean of the Saint Andrew's Conservatory of Music
Kevin D. Gardner
Resident Adjunct Professor in Great Works
Heidi L. Nichols
Resident Adjunct Professor in Great Works
Robert Rothwell
Resident Adjunct Professor in Biblical Studies
Jesse Atkinson
Adjunct Professor of Greek and Hebrew
Michael Beates
Adjunct Instructor in History
J. Nicholas Reid
Adjunct Professor in Hebrew
Michael Sacasas
Adjunct Professor in Philosophy
Lauren Hughes
Communications Specialist
Kristen Kenney
Operations Manager
Dr. Larry Mininger
Student Care Administrator
Madie Martin
Director of Admissions
Rebekah Pierce
Registrar
Chelsea Stolz
Event Coordinator
Megan Taylor
Executive Assistant to the President
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