College Courses Offered at OneLife
@ Lancaster Bible College and Three Springs Camp
ThE 223 - Christian NARRATIVE 1: Creation & Fall
This course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of creation and fall. Attention is given to the nature, character, and work of God (trinitarinism) in creating and governing the universe, especially in his special relationship to humanity, creatures bearing the image of God (anthropology). Further attention is given to the issue of sin (hamartiology).
THE 224 - Christian Narrative II: Redemption
The course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of redemption (soteriology), looking at the incarnation, the atonement, and the doctrine of regeneration (christology and pneumatology). The course also explores the new community of the redeemed, the church (ecclesiology). The future dimension of redemption, entailing the events of the last days (eschatology), receives attention.
BIB 105 - Biblical Hermeneutics
This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of interpreting the Bible using the historical-grammatical-rhetorical method of interpretation. The course introduces students to key principles related to this method and then provides guidelines for applying these principles to determine the author’s originally intended meaning. Students learn how to integrate electronic tools into the process. The course concludes with suggestions on how to determine the relevance of these original thoughts to our own lives.
BIB 272 - Biblical Geography
A study of the geography of the land of Israel is engaged in by text and touring. Land areas, vegetal growth, water courses, trade routes, and city locations are identified.
CML 210 - Fundamentals of leadership
Building on a foundation of personal character development, this course will overview theological components essential for effective leadership. Student will learn strategies for team building, conflict management and leading change.
LIT 321 - C.S. Lewis, Writing and Influence
This course encompasses selected writings, both fiction and nonfiction, of C.S. Lewis. Areas include autobiography, essays, Christian apologetics, fantasy, and science fiction.
Lan 104 - Public Speaking
This course is designed to enable students to speak effectively on selected subjects using various methods. Classroom practice is given in oral and interpretive readings. Study is given to the correct preparation and delivery of different kinds of speeches as well as the use of correct speech habits and behavior
PHI 201 - INtroduction to Philosophy
This course is an introduction to the major classical problems contextualizing issues in philosophy and the relevance of these to the Christian faith. It will focus on major philosophical arguments within various worldviews and subsequently analyze them in light of a biblical worldview
SPF 210 - Personal Spiritual Formation
This course will provide an overview of the key elements of personal spiritual transformation. This highly interactive class is designed for those who desire to deepen their intimacy with God and grow in their personal walk with God. The class will not only provide biblical principles and instruction, but also space for exploration and growth within a community context.
PHE 245 - Lifelong Wellness and Physical Fitness
This course will examine the areas of life wellness and physical fitness skills with an emphasis on the individual gaining knowledge to make responsible decisions to maintain a healthy lifestyle that will allow them to be used for Christ. Topics discussed will include: nutrition, weight management, mental health, stress management, chronic health issues as well as substance abuse. In addition, the method of measuring an individual’s own degree of physical fitness and the different methods of attaining it will also be taught. A variety of exercise programs and activities for optimal physical conditioning and development will be discussed.
@ Southern Wesleyan University
SemR 2323 - Foundations for Success
This course provides a welcoming, supportive environment for students to learn to manage the responsibilities and challenges of college life, including higher-level learning, self-regulation, community-building strategies, spiritual growth, and life purpose. As members of a Christ-centered learning community, students will explore academic vocabulary, educational technology, critical thinking, information literacy, financial control, test-taking, problem-solving, time management, and university expectations and resources.
INCS 2023 - Introduction to intercultural studies
A study of goals, objectives, and strategies required for effective ministry across cultural and geographical boundaries. Attention to short-term missions, urban and cross-cultural ministries within North America, and intercultural communication.
Bibl 1023 - New Testament Survey
An introduction to the background of the New Testament and to an overall perspective of the New Testament books so that the student will be better able to relate subsequent study of the individual books of the New Testament to the total tenor of Scripture.
EXSC 1063 - Science of Personal Training
This course provides a broad introduction to the science and practice of personal training including the core components of exercise assessment and training, behavior modification, injury prevention, sound business practices and basic legal issues.
SEMR 1503 - Life Calling
This course focuses on students developing an understanding of the concept of life calling and the discovery of one’s God-given design as a basis for this calling. Students then are led to understand how work and individual leadership is best understood from the life calling perspective. Students will evaluate values, spiritual gifts, interests, abilities, personality traits, and experience. Students will combine each component in an in-depth self-assessment paper, and will integrate this into a life and leadership plan.
ENGL 2103 - Speech Communication
The fundamentals of speech, with emphasis on components of communication, critical thinking, and formal and informal presentations. Offered most semesters.
ECON 2103 - Personal Finance
Emphasizes comprehensive personal financial planning through the use of an integrative case that gives practical experience in decision-making. Topics include budgeting, investments, insurance, major purchase decisions, etc.
INCS 3563 - Global (outside USA) Internship
The student will be involved in a significant cross-cultural experience under the supervision of a professional in the student’s area of academic interest. Settings may be either overseas or among a minority ethnic group in North America. Direct exposure involving observation and practical service that relates to classroom instruction will be required.
Alaina Weeler (Resident Leader): I grew up in Frederick, MD and graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Entrepreneurship in 2015 before beginning my work at OneLife this fall. I love my role as a Resident Leader because it provides new opportunities for me to seek and share the glory of God alongside a wonderful community!
Gavin Potter (SWU Admissions Counselor): I am from Central, South Carolina, graduated from Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in 2015 with a degree in religion and started working at OneLife in the fall of 2015. I love my job because I am passionate about knowing and experiencing life with Jesus while inviting others to do the same (which is what we do at OneLife!).
Katie Amig (Three Springs Assistant Site Director): I grew up right here in beautiful Lancaster County, just a stone’s throw away from OneLife @ LBC. I graduated from Geneva College in 2014, where I received a degree in psychology and developed a passion for the questioning college student. I love working at OneLife because it gives me an opportunity to do life with young adults, and to invest in them during these critical years.
Jacob Watson (Resident Leader): I am a native of southern Maryland and a recent graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a degree in Biblical Studies. I absolutely love a good cup of coffee, good company, and Washington Nationals baseball. I love my job because each and every day I get to witness two of my favorite things: watching people smile and watching people grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.
Zac Northern (LBC Site Director): I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and have the blessing of being the husband to Jessica and father to our daughters Naomi and Lucia. After graduating from Geneva College with a BS in Psychology and an MA in Higher Education, I was a campus minister with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) working at Waynesburg University and Grove City College. I love my job because I get to lead students in the wise way of Jesus and prepare them to follow Him in every area of life as we taste and see that He is truly good.
Kelly Slippey (LBC Assistant Site Director): I am passionate about experiential and holistic learning. This love began through studying Adventure Education and Sport and Exercise Science at Messiah College. I completed a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Geneva College in 2016 and I am now getting to combine my love for college student development with experiential and holistic education at OneLife. This is a dream come true!
Naomi Lemke (LBC & Three Springs Admissions Counselor): I was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin (GO PACK GO!). I am a graduate of Lancaster Bible College with my Business Administration degree. My hobbies consist of riding horses, playing volleyball, hiking, and singing. I love my job because I get the chance to establish a relationship with students who all have the same purpose and goal. You can reach me at 717-560-8290 ext 5567 or my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Melleby (Executive Director & Three Springs Site Director): I have lived in Mount Joy, PA my entire life. I married my high school sweetheart Heidi, also a life-long Mount Joy native, and together we have three sons. I love basketball, reading, writing, but not arithmetic. My passion for OneLife stems from my life-long passion to see students learn and grow as disciples of Jesus. (Invite Derek to speak to your students.)
Ken Kruithof (Chief Operating Officer): My wife, Caroline, and I met and were married in New Jersey. We have 3 married children and 9 grandchildren. We have been living in Greenville, SC, and was employed at Michelin Tire NA for more than 25 years. I love the Vision, Mission and Values of OneLife. I am excited to be part of this team and the unique manner in which OneLife is developing maturity in Christ and a Christian Worldview that will have eternal impacts.
Peter Sullivan (Founder & CEO): My wife Debbie and I have five children. We have lived most of our adult lives in Greenville, SC where I spent 27 years working for and eventually owning Genesis Marketing. During my time at Genesis, I had the opportunity to join my kids on several mission trips. This ignited a growing desire to influence the next-generation to live for something bigger than themselves. OneLife grew out of that desire and I love being a part of what God is doing in the lives of students.
Lancaster Bible College
OneLife @ LBC is located on the beautiful campus of Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. The facilities are joined with LBC and our partnership allows for OneLife students to have the benefits of a college setting (access to a library, dining hall, fitness rooms, fields, coffee shops) but still experience the intimate feel of a smaller community of students.
LBC is an accredited, nondenominational institution which educates Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the church and society. OneLife @ LBC students take 10 college courses totaling 30 credits.
Students who continue at Lancaster Bible College after attending OneLife are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship per year!
For more information about the academic component of OneLife, please contact Derek Melleby (executive director): email@example.com
Southern Wesleyan University
OneLife @ SWU is located on the beautiful campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. The facilities are joined with SWU and our partnership allows for OneLife students to have the benefits of a college setting (access to a library, dining hall, fitness rooms, fields, coffee shops) but still experience the intimate feel of a smaller community of students.
SWU is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. OneLife @ SWU students take 8 college courses totaling 24 credits, culminating in a Certificate for Christian Leadership.
Learn more about OneLife @ SWU here.
For more information about the academic component of OneLife, please contact Derek Melleby (executive director): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Springs Camp
Located in the endless mountains of north-central PA (near the PA Grand Canyon), Three Springs Ministries exists to glorify God by facilitating life-changing impact in the lives of young adults. Since 1984, Three Springs has been “a little piece of heaven” for countless numbers of teenagers and young adults. Three Springs has a well established reputation for providing high-quality facilities and spiritually and physically challenging programs.
OneLife @ Three Springs Camp students live in a brand new, living/learning facility and have full access to camp activities: ropes course, indoor climbing barn, archery range, soccer/football fields, horse barn and indoor arena, large swimming pool, and game rooms.
Students have the option of volunteering at the camp during the school year to significantly reduce the cost of the program ($3,000 scholarship!).
OneLife @ Three Springs is also proud to partner with Lancaster Bible College (LBC), an accredited, nondenominational institution which educates Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the church and society. OneLife @ LBC students take 10 college courses totaling 30 credits.
For more information about the academic component of OneLife, please contact Derek Melleby (executive director): email@example.com.
What Comes After OneLife?
OneLife propels you to begin your career with many different options. Our students have pursued 4 year colleges and universities, 2 year professional degrees, or have gone straight into the workforce.
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"OneLife is a phenomenal program with excellent values and goals. My experience at OneLife was one filled with community and learning as well as gaining an understanding of how I can begin transforming head knowledge into heart knowledge. What living out the the Christian faith looks like is exemplified day by day in the exceptional leadership. Between the speakers who visit nearly every week, the intentional leadership, or learning vulnerability with the Resident Leaders, there is no better place to spend a gap year between high school and college. In constant community, OneLife yields some of the best friendships between and student that one can ask for. I am ecstatic that I was able to attend OneLife and would highly suggest a visit!" - Nate Bettis
"OneLife is an amazing gap year program where you can travel, learn more about yourself in community, and grow in relationship with others and with God. It literally changed my life, and made me a better person - I thank God for OneLife every day!" - Joy Bright
"OneLife is a great program for post high school or even college students looking to take a year to intentionally focus on building their relationship with Christ. Taking this year to concentrate on making your life gospel-centered, can radically change your life. This program changed my life." - Isaac Etter
"OneLife was the greatest experience of my life! I loved the travel as well as the people that I got to do the program along side of. Also, the staff members are very genuine and personable!" - Desiree Pringle