Quick Facts

Institutional Type Faith Builders Educational Programs is a private, co-educational, post-secondary educational institution rooted in the conservative Anabaptist tradition.
Motto "Discipling the head, heart, and hands"
Location Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
Founded 1984
Campus 15-acre campus
85,000 sq. feet of building space
4 building areas
13 classrooms
½ mile from Erie National Wildlife Refuge, with hundreds of acres of public-use areas
Enrollment Two-year program enrollment: 30
Winter term enrollment: 78
Summer term enrollment: 53
Academic Programs Faith Builders Christian School: grades 1-12 education
Faith Builders Training Institute: post-secondary education
Three tracks of study in the Institute—Teacher Apprenticing Program (TAP), Christian Ministries, and General Studies
Three concentrations available in Teacher Apprenticing track
Three concentrations available in Christian Ministries track
Student Profile Two-year programs:54% Male, 46% Female
Winter term: 56% Male, 44% Female
Summer term: 39% Male, 61% Female
Average age of students in two-year programs: 23
Faculty Profile 4:1 Student/instructor ratio
Seven primary instructors:

In addition to these on-site instructors, Faith Builders utilizes numerous guest instructors for five-week terms in July and January. These instructors include:

  • Patrick Heatwole: History
  • Earl Koch: Mathematics
  • Jonas Sauder: Humanities, Literature, Creative Writing
  • Sharon F. Yoder: Literature, Writing, Pedagogy
  • Anna Zehr: Pedagogy

Qualifications for instructors include:

  • General: An instructor should reflect a wholesome integration of the spiritual, academic, social and experiential spheres.
  • Spiritual: An instructor must be a committed disciple of Christ, an orthodox Christian, holding theological positions that are compatible with traditional Anabaptist thought.
  • Academic: An instructor must have demonstrable academic achievement and capacity in the field that he or she is teaching.
  • Social: An instructor must be able to mentor students outside the classroom environment.
  • Experiential: FBEP instructors need to have demonstrated competence in the field in which they will be teaching.
  • Instructional: The ability to teach effectively in a classroom setting is required.
Technology Internet access available in offices and study areas
Wireless network access available in student lounge
Multimedia projectors in all primary classrooms
Public-access computers in library
Over 15 computers in FBCS computer lab
Library 19,207 Print and media items
41 Periodical subscriptions
Students have access to the Lawrence Lee Pelletier Library on the campus of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Pelletier Library offers combined resources of 600,000 volumes and 1,100 periodical subscriptions.
Tuition/Room&Board/Fees $10,462 approximate annual cost including tuition, housing, meals and mandatory fees