Mission & Values

Our Mission

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace Theological Seminary is a learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.

At Grace, the students, administration, faculty and staff aim together to make Christ preeminent in all things. Students learn this by living, studying, working, worshiping and achieving academic success with others who share similar Christian ideals in a setting where the community lifestyle fosters devotion to serious academic inquiry, wholesome recreation and relaxation and mature spiritual growth.

Covenant of Faith


Our Educational Values

At the heart of a Grace education are academically challenging courses that are specifically designed to foster a thirst for character, competence and service within the hearts and minds of our students. Every student at Grace completes a series of general education courses (we call it the Grace Core) and thus enjoys a common experience that stretches across all disciplines. Explicitly taught from a liberal arts approach, these courses are driven by the mission and evangelical heritage of the college and have been created around four key human relationships: with God, with others, with self and with the world, which includes both culture and the environment.

We believe that worshiping God, growing as individuals, relating with others and serving in our world are the keys to unlocking an academic experience that strengthens character, sharpens competence and prepares for service. We also believe an education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning lays the foundation for and is in perfect concert with our mission. At Grace, we are committed to a life of worship and spiritual growth and actively look for reflective and practical ways the Christian faith intersects with the disciplines we teach in the classroom.

The integration of faith and learning is based on the shared understanding that the extent to which we do our work consciously as Christians, our professional lives become an offering of worship to God, and our faith gives greater significance to the questions we struggle with in our work and in our lives. In other words, we are whole individuals and recognize the deficiency of a compartmentalized life. Based on this foundation, our faith informs our work and makes it distinctive.

Core Values

  • A relationship with the God of Scripture is foundational to all of life.
  • Exceptional learning experiences drive all educational programs.
  • Nurturing the transformation of life is deeply integrated in all institutional life.
  • Appreciating and valuing others as God does characterizes all relationships.

Grace Educational Philosophy


Strategic Plan

In March 2017, a new strategic plan was approved by the Grace College & Seminary board of trustees to fulfill the vision of Grace: to be an exemplary, Christ-centered educational community characterized by innovation, affordability and real-world preparation. Grace’s new strategic plan includes four priorities:

  • Educational Excellence
  • Culture of Innovation
  • Connected Community
  • Sustainable Affordability

The ASPIRE Campaign, a $37 million comprehensive campaign, was publicly launched in March 2017 to fund these four priorities. The ASPIRE Campaign will enable Grace to refine its methods to effectively prepare students to serve in our ever-changing world. The campaign includes several new academic programs, facility enhancements, and investments in the student experience. To learn more, visit www.grace.edu/aspire.

Strategic Plan

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