What Makes Us Unique?
New England Bible College & Grace Evangelical Seminary offers its students quality higher education in a faithful Christian context at a price they can afford. In a time of impersonal on-line courses, NEBC/Grace Evangelical gives students the opportunity to learn face-to-face from biblical and theological scholars and practicing pastors. In a time of ever-increasing student debt, NEBC/Grace Evangelical keeps tuition costs consistently lower than other colleges and seminaries. And NEBC/Grace Evangelical is adaptive to our students’ needs.
Many of our students have to balance their family and professional responsibilities with their educational efforts, so we work with them individually to develop a course of study that suits their educational and vocational goals. Whether it’s our multiple certificate and degree programs, our 3 hour/once a week class sessions, evening classes, Saturday classes, creating personal directed studies, or meeting in various locations around Maine, we strive to accommodate the needs of our students.
Who We Are
A training ground.
New England Bible College & Grace Evangelical Seminary is a training ground for those called to ministry as vocation. And, it is a training ground for those called to ministry in their churches, schools and homes. A rigorous curriculum compels students to explore and wrestle with deep questions, to learn to study and handle the scriptures with integrity, and to develop the skills necessary to lead, teach and guide others to maturity in Jesus Christ. With a faculty of approximately 20 men and women who currently or who have recently practiced in their respective fields of study, students benefit from intellectual exploration of various disciplines as well as real-world application to ministry.
NEBC/ Grace Evangelical is a small band of sisters and brothers committed to press deeply into the scriptures to understand who God is and to love Him more deeply. Students and faculty alike are diverse. In any given class, students may range in age from 18 to 75 with distinct life and ministry experience and separate theological underpinnings. This only works to strengthen the learning experience in the classroom as students and faculty alike are challenged to listen, learn from one another, and to articulate their viewpoints all under the authority of scripture.
A partner to the Body of Christ.
The vision of NEBC/Grace Evangelical is to equip leaders to serve the body of Christ in Maine, throughout New England and beyond. The school has trained and helped place apprentice ministers with congregations around Maine and has worked with the chaplaincy training program at a major regional hospital in Bangor.
New England Bible College & Grace Evangelical Seminary is a union of two institutions of Christian higher education dedicated to serving the leadership needs of churches from southern Maine to mid-Maine and beyond. NEBC’s roots extend back to 1959 with the founding of Glen Cove Bible School, although it grew to become an undergraduate institution offering associates’ and baccalaureate degrees located in South Portland. Grace Evangelical College and Seminary was established in 2001, enrolling students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2015, at the request of NEBC’s leadership, Grace Evangelical assumed responsibility for continuing NEBC’s educational mission. The now unified school continues to offer undergraduate degrees under the NEBC name and graduate degrees under the name Grace Evangelical Seminary. This distinction of names should not hide the fact, however, that the school’s one identity remains first and foremost Christian, serving all expressions and denominations of the evangelical church of Jesus Christ.
The Mission of New England Bible College & Grace Evangelical Seminary is to educate, equip, and provide servant-leaders to the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.
The school serves all faithful expressions of the Church of Jesus Christ by preparing men and women with a high level of academic and professional skill for leadership in local congregations and other church endeavors.
Study at NEBC/Grace Evangelical is not offered in academic isolation, but in the context of belief, seeking to extend and strengthen each student’s personal faith in and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. We take it to be the truth that accurate understanding and interpretation of the Scriptures can happen only in the environment of personal faith. At the same time, the Great Commission must be worked out in the real world, and we as Christians and members of Christ’s Body the Church must live out our lives in practical, existential interface with that same real world.
Character and personal integrity are touchstones for saints well-equipped to teach and lead in the Church. These qualities are goals of the school for every student, as each is encouraged to link personal commitment, disciplined study, and honest living in the effort to develop:
1. A personal relationship with and dependence upon God through individual and communal prayer, worship, study of Scripture, service, and witness.
2. A healthy personal spiritual life based upon and guided by the word of God and shaped by growing understandings and personal experiences of the Gospel’s divine power.
3. A full understanding of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, a solid, working grasp of the cultures and the religious life of one’s own civilization and others, and a knowledge of the Bible’s message, content, and history.
4. An ability to think usefully, enabling one to understand and evaluate accurately the thoughts offered by others.
5. A world-wide vision of needs and a desire to employ the Gospel of Jesus Christ in working to meet those needs.
6. The skills in relations, communication, and administration required for effective ministry.
7. Attitudes and gifts that advance the church’s diverse works of ministry.
8. Awareness of the social, political, economic, and theological currents of the time and the desire for continual learning.
With the help of God’s Spirit, each one of us in the NEBC/Grace Evangelical community is called to both model and foster such virtues, attitudes, abilities, love for learning, and habits of mind as a way of glorifying God and helping bring greater maturity in the faith to our members and greater edification to Christ’s Church.
New England Bible College & Grace Evangelical Seminary holds its classes at its facility at 502 Odlin Road, Bangor and at the First Baptist Church, 879 Sawyer St, South Portland. We have also held classes in various churches throughout the state, ranging from Presque Isle, Waldoboro, Ellsworth, Portland and Fayette. These locations typically are convenient for our faculty and students.