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 About Rosedale Bible College

Our Mission and Values

Rosedale Bible College is an evangelical junior Bible college in the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition that equips students to grow spiritually and academically and to serve effectively in the church and society.

The college has designed its curriculum and supporting programs around goals in four basic arenas:

  1. Devotionally – Rosedale Bible College serves to foster communion with God, obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord, and life in the Spirit.
  2. Doctrinally – Rosedale Bible College advocates, from within the world Anabaptist fellowship, a conservative and evangelical perspective with a high view of Scripture and the continuing activity of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Academically – Rosedale Bible College offers programs centered on the Bible as the Word of God, with a commitment to excellence and integrity of scholarship.
  4. Vocationally – Rosedale Bible College seeks to build the Kingdom of God through preparing servant leaders in missions, pastoral and worship ministry, family life, and community.

Average enrollment is approximately sixty students per term. The student body includes high school graduates, pastors, missionaries, and individuals from a variety of vocations and professions. Students come from over half the states, several Canadian provinces, and a few foreign countries.

Rosedale Bible College operates under the auspices of the Conservative Mennonite Conference and serves a constituency of predominantly Mennonite churches primarily in the eastern and central United States. There are approximately 6,600 alumni. Rosedale Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many students attend Rosedale?

A: At any given time, there are between 50 and 70 students on campus.

Q: How does Rosedale uphold the Mennonite faith/tradition?

A: RBC professors are all Mennonites who affirm the Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) statement of faith and who teach strongly from an Anabaptist faith perspective. This includes a focus on Anabaptist themes like believer’s church, discipleship, non-resistance, simplicity, non-conformity, New Testament finality, and the centrality of Christ. The inspiration and authority of scripture serves as the basis for these teachings.

Q: What can I do with a two-year associate degree in Biblical studies?

A: Any recognized degree that shows you have completed and mastered an area of learning (in this case Biblical Studies) has value. These degrees are most helpful if you hope to do any type of church, ministry, Christian education or mission work. Many ministries, mission organizations, Christian schools and churches require this type of training as a minimum preparation for service. The related concentrations also show that you have studied a particular area more intently.

A degree from RBC can also serve as the starting point for any further degrees you choose to pursue. Acquiring a first degree in biblical studies may show that you are well rounded educationally, and have succeeded academically in a variety of settings. Because RBC is accredited by a governmentally recognized accrediting body (ABHE), there are many other colleges that accept Rosedale credits.

Q: I’m not from a Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) church. Why should I choose Rosedale instead of another college?

A: Rosedale is definitely a welcoming community and you will feel like family soon after you arrive, no matter where you are from. Our students come from many states and some foreign countries. Only about half of our students are from the CMC. Others come from a variety of Mennonite and non-Mennonite churches. The spiritual growth potential, biblical grounding, ministry preparation, academic excellence and low price are all benefits you can realize no matter where you attend church.

Q: What scholarships does Rosedale offer?

A: The average full-time student received over $3,200 in financial aid last year, lowering the cost of an educational opportunity that was already a great deal! Students at Rosedale may qualify for public assistance through the federal and Ohio state governments. In addition, some merit-based and need-based private scholarships are awarded.

Q: Why should I choose Rosedale over other colleges?

A: RBC offers a great combination of advantages. First of all, RBC is an ideal setting to become grounded in your faith in a post-high school setting. The focused spiritual environment, high student life expectations, biblically based Anabaptist teaching, encouragement to ask questions, small family-like atmosphere and committed, knowledgeable faculty make RBC a great place to grow spiritually. Academically, the accredited status of the college, small classes (average of 20 students), caring approachable faculty, and high standards result in much learning. Students are well-prepared to go on in their studies after RBC. RBC costs only a half to a third as much as many other private Christian colleges. Why not start at RBC, and then transfer as many credits as you can into another four-year school to pursue a major of your choice?


Quick Facts

Our Mission

The mission of Rosedale Bible College is to provide an evangelical junior Bible college education in the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition that equips students to grow spiritually and academically and to serve effectively in the church and society.

The college is committed to academic excellence as well as to nurturing a campus atmosphere that encourages concentration on spiritual growth and discipline.

Programs of Study

An Associate Degree in Biblical Studies (two years) is the degree program offered by RBC. Students may choose between nine different concentrations within the degree curriculum.

In addition, a special three-week wilderness training experience, Akwachink Leadership School, is offered each fall in association with Living Hope Native Ministries.


RBC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. ABHE is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA). It is also listed by the United States Department of Education as a recognized agency for biblical higher education. Internationally, ABHE is recognized by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. Rosedale is also authorized by the Ohio Higher Education (the state’s educational oversight body) to grant the associate degree in biblical studies.


 The total estimated annual cost for full-time students in the 2017-2018 academic year is just over $14,000. Tuition and boarding costs are kept low through the generous giving of alumni, friends, and the churches of Conservative Mennonite Conference.

Financial Aid

Study at Rosedale qualifies for public assistance through the federal and Ohio state governments. In addition, some private scholarships are available.


Average enrollment is 60 students. Typical class size is 15 to 20 students.


Rosedale is a small central Ohio community 31 miles west of downtown Columbus and 33 miles northeast of downtown Springfield. Its rural setting provides a peaceful, safe environment within easy driving distance of the cultural offerings of significant urban centers.


Rosedale is the educational institution of Conservative Mennonite Conference.


Rosedale students participate in a wide range of organized intramural sports and informal pick-up sports. Volleyball, basketball, Ultimate, Roundnet, soccer and disc golf are popular with our students.

History of Rosedale

Begun in 1952 as a six-week Bible school in Berlin, Ohio, Rosedale Bible College has developed an accredited two-year degree program which includes a core curriculum of Bible, theology, leadership and missions courses.

From simple beginnings in the Pleasant View Mennonite Church with students lodged in area homes, the school has grown to a 166-acre campus which includes men’s and women’s dormitories, a classroom building, gymnasium, cafeteria, staff and married student apartments, and library-chapel-office complex. The chapel has a seating capacity of 500 and is used to host community events as well as school programs.


Rosedale Bible College has played a formative role in the lives of thousands of students, giving many a firmer intellectual basis for faith as well as more passion for Christ and the church. Hundreds of congregational and missionary leaders have been significantly nurtured through their experiences with the institution, whether at the Bible school in Berlin, Rosedale Bible Institute, or Rosedale Bible College.

God is still changing lives through biblical teaching in the dynamic context of the RBC campus community. To learn more about current opportunities, contact admissions.

Student Satisfaction

As a part of its ongoing assessment of institutional effectiveness, RBC administered the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory to students in May of 2015. RBC student responses were compared with responses from 322,000 students enrolled in 4-year private colleges and nearly 5,000 students enrolled in other member schools of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, RBC’s accrediting body.

The survey included 45 specific satisfaction measures. In each instance, students provided an evaluation and a ranking of relative importance. The resulting report indicates a statistically significant higher ranking from RBC students in 22 measures compared with other ABHE schools and in 29 compared with four-year private colleges.

Highlights include:
88 percent of Rosedale students say they would definitely enroll at Rosedale again.

99% of Rosedale students say they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their experience.

Faculty Directory

PHIL BARR (pba...@rosedale.edu)
B.S. Leeds University, England; M.A. Leeds University; M.A. Cambridge University; M.Div. Eastern Mennonite Seminary; D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary; continuing studies: School of World Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary; teacher and relief worker, southern Sudan, 1975—1978; missionary, Guatemala, 1980–1990; pastor, Allensville Mennonite Church, 1991–2002; interim academic dean, Rosedale Bible College, 2004–2005; faculty, Rosedale Bible College, 2005–2013.

ROGER HAZEN (rha...@rosedale.edu)
Diploma, Rosedale Bible College; pastor, Beemer Mennonite Church, Beemer, Nebraska, 1991—1999; pastor, Pineview Mennonite Church, Vassar, Michigan, 1999—.

KENNETH MILLER (kmil...@rosedale.edu)
B.M.E. Ohio State University; M.S. Ohio State University; faculty, Shekinah Christian School, 1983–1986; teaching assistant, Ohio State University, 1986–1988; conductor of select vocal ensembles; worship leader, Shiloh Mennonite Church, 1982—.

REUBEN SAIRS (rsa...@rosedale.edu)
B.S. Pennsylvania State University; M.A. University of Mobile; MLIS, Kent State University; pastor, Mobile Mennonite Church, 1989–1998; church planter, 1999–2002; teaching pastor, London Christian Fellowship, 2007—.

VICKI SAIRS (vsa...@rosedale.edu)
B.A.’s Pennsylvania State University; M.A. Pennsylvania State University; graduate teaching assistant, Pennsylvania State University; weekly columnist, Mobile Register, 1998–2002; director, Madison County Pregnancy Care Center, 2003–2005.

HANS SHENK (hsh...@rosedale.edu)

CONRAD SHOWALTER (csho...@rosedale.edu)
B.A. Ohio State University; M.S. Indiana University; teacher/administrator, Clinton Christian School, 1978– 2002; pastor, Siloam Fellowship, 1998–2011; licensed marriage and family therapist.

JONATHAN SHOWALTER (jsho...@rosedale.edu)
B.A. Ohio State University; M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; doctoral studies, Ohio State University; missionary, Ecuador, 1984–1987; academic dean, RBC, 1996–2008; associate pastor, Shiloh Mennonite Church, 1997–2008; interim academic dean, RBC, 2012; interim president, RBC, 2013–2014; president, RBC, 2014—.

LYNETTE SHOWALTER (csho...@rosedale.edu)
B.A. Goshen College; M.S.W. Andrews University; licensed clinical social worker; home study specialist at Oaklawn Community Mental Health; private practice counselor.

MATTHEW SHOWALTER (msho...@rosedale.edu)
Diploma, Rosedale Bible College; B.A. Eastern Mennonite University; M.A Asbury Theological Seminary; missionary/church planter, Middle East, Rosedale Mennonite Missions, 2000–2004; youth pastor, Bethel Mennonite Church, 2004–2010; high school Bible teacher, Sarasota Christian School, 2006–2011; dean of students, RBC, 2012—.

B.A. Eastern Mennonite University; M.Th. University of Chicago; M.Div. AMBS; special student, Fuller School of World Mission; D.Min. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; faculty, EMC, 1970–1973; missions administration and service, RMM, 1968–1970, 1982–1989; pastor, Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship, 1978–1981; president, RBC, 1989–1994; president, Eastern Mennonite Missions, 1994–2011.

DAVY SLABAUGH (dsla...@rosedale.edu)
B.S. Ohio State University; missionary, Middle East, Eastern Mennonite Missions, 1995–1997; SEND department director, Rosedale Mennonite Missions 1997–2006; associate pastor, Agape Community Fellowship, 2011—.

PHYLLIS SWARTZ (pswa...@rosedale.edu)
B.A. Antioch College; M.A. Ohio State University; Certification in Gifted Education, Ashland University; teacher for 30 years, gifted and talented and English at London City Schools; adult education at Madison Correctional Institution; Choral Camp coordinator, 1999–2007; curriculum development projects, Conservative Mennonite Conference.

PHILIP WEBER (pwe...@rosedale.edu)
Diploma, Rosedale Bible College; B.A. Cedarville University; graduate studies, Asbury Theological Seminary; M.A. University of Mobile; administrative assistant/director of personnel services, Rosedale Mennonite Missions, 1982–1985; church planting associate, 1985–1987; president, We Care Program, 1987–2001; academic dean, Rosedale Bible College, 2008—.

CHRISTA WOLF (cwo...@rosedale.edu)
Certificate, Rosedale Bible College; B.A. Ohio State University; M.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Akron; Rosedale Mennonite Missions associate, church planting, 1996–1998; director of youth and children's ministries, Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship, 1999–2002; director of children's ministry, MCF, 1999–2008; director of drama ministry, MCF, 2004—; private acting instructor, theatre consultant, independent director, playwright 2003—.

PRESTON YODER (pres...@gmail.com)
A.A. Rosedale Bible College; B.S. Cincinnati Christian University; M. Div. Ashland Theological Seminary; associate pastor, New Beginnings Fellowship, 2007–2009, pastor, Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship, 2012–2015; pastor, Shiloh Mennonite Church, 2015—.

Campus Safety Report

Campus Crime Log

In accordance with the October 1998 revisions of the Campus Security Act, Rosedale Bible College maintains a log, recording all crimes that are reported to the police or campus security officials, including the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime, and the disposition of the complaint, if known. This log can be obtained upon request at the financial aid office.

Campus Crime Statistics and Fire Safety Report

The following statistics provided in compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and amended in 1992 and 1998, are for your information as part of the overall safety and security program. This data reflects disclosure of certain incidents, as required by the law, that are reported to the Dean of Students or local police agencies for the three calendar years preceding the year in which the report is disclosed. Statistics of crimes reported to pastoral or professional counselors are generally not included in this report, unless it is deemed appropriate to inform their clients of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure. A physical copy of this report is available upon request at the financial aid office.

2016 Crime and Fire Safety Report

2015 Crime and Fire Safety Report

2014 Crime and Fire Safety Report

2013 Crime and Fire Safety Report

2012 Crime and Fire Safety Report

Email Directory

Administration and General Staff
  • Phil Barr
  • Roger Hazen
  • Kenneth Miller
  • Reuben Sairs
  • Vicki Sairs
  • Hans Shenk
  • Conrad Showalter
  • Jonathan Showalter
  • Lynette Showalter
  • Matthew Showalter
  • Richard Showalter
  • Davy Slabaugh
  • Phyllis Swartz
  • Philip Weber
  • Christa Wolf
  • Preston Yoder