Posted 1 year ago

Remembering Dr. Dave Reid

Almost a year ago, our beloved Dr. Dave Reid went home to be with the Lord. Click here to read his memorial on our website, as well as hear his last message at Emmaus, appropriately titled “Pass the Baton.”

Posted 1 year ago

Emmaus Recognizes Martin Luther King Day

This short biographical video was shown in chapel in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Posted 1 year ago

Iron Sharpens Iron 2013

Save the date for the 2013 Iron Sharpens Iron Church Leadership Development Conference at Emmaus Bible College, May 23-26, 2013. We are pleased to welcome Dr. D.A. Carson as our keynote speaker as we explore together The Glory of the Gospel. Plenary speakers include Alexander Strauch and Mark Stevenson; the plenary session titles and other general information can be found on

The official Iron Sharpens Iron 2013 website will launch in February, including all session topics and registration information.

Plan on attending ISI 2013: The Glory of the Gospel.

Posted 1 year ago

Emmaus Alum Honored

Congratulations to Emmaus alumnus Derrek Atherley (‘11) for being named Employee of the Year at Dubuque Bank and Trust!  We are proud of your accomplishment and of your Christlike attitudes in the workplace.  

Posted 1 year ago

Interim President Named

January 10, 2013

To All Members of the Emmaus Bible College Community,

I write today to inform you that President Kenneth Daughters has tendered his resignation, effective immediately, which I have accepted on behalf of the Board of Trustees. Ken has served at Emmaus for 22 years. In his twelve years as president, he has overseen the development of several new academic programs, worked through times of difficult budgets, and recruited a highly talented faculty and leadership team. The Board thanks Ken for his faithful service and we wish him well as he transitions to a new area of service to our Lord.

Dr. William Moore will serve as Interim President. A retired principal and former school district assistant superintendent, Bill has been an Emmaus Trustee for over 15 years, and served as Director of the Elementary Education program for two years. The Board of Trustees will immediately initiate a search for a new president. In its search the board will emphasize candidates with a deep commitment to the Lord and the faithful teaching of His Word, devotion to the core values of the College, and a passion for the spiritual needs of our students. The new president will have leadership experience in the management of an educational organization, a commitment to programmatic excellence, and experience in constituent relations, including the advancement of the College’s mission.

Ken Daughters is a man of proven character and integrity, and the College owes him a debt of gratitude for his service. We pray God’s blessings on his future endeavors.

Sincerely in Christ,
Steven Leary
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Dr. William J. Moore holds a B.A. in Science and Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and an M.A. in Biology and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa. During his distinguished career in education, Dr. Moore served in roles as school principal and school district assistant superintendent, and now serves a local church as elder and full-time worker. He has a long history with Emmaus Bible College, having served two years as Director of the Elementary Education program (2004-2006) and 15 years as a member of the Board of Trustees (1997-present).

 Dr. William J. Moore

Posted 1 year ago

Check out this video of Emmaus students sharing the impact of their time at Emmaus Bible College!

Posted 1 year ago

Lady Eagles Go to Nationals

The Lady Eagles achieved their goal at the ACCA National Tournament in Joplin, MO, heading back to Iowa with a 4th place finish.  “We knew the road to reach the semi-finals would be hard and we would have to win at least two matches in pool play to have a chance,” said Coach Pitman.  “The top five seeds all came in with winning records and we believed any team could win the whole thing.”

The ACCA Awards Brunch was Thursday morning and Emmaus had three players honored.  Bethany Scheer received the Scholar Athlete Award, Katie Ryan was named second team All-American, and senior captain Shannon Flogel was named first team All-American.  “Well done and well deserved,” commented Coach Pitman.  “Shannon and Katie had great seasons and were supported by the great play of their teammates as well.”

Pool play began on Thursday evening, and Emmaus was tested right from the start in their first match against the #1 seed and host team, Ozark Christian College.  “We were mentally prepared for the challenge Ozark would present to us,” said Coach Pitman.  “We were nervous at the beginning but played an incredible match the rest of the night.”  The Lady Eagles fell 14-25 in the first set but charged back to win in an exciting five set match (25-14, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12).  “We played with pure heart and stayed mentally tough in this match and I believe it was the highlight of the season for us,” commented Coach Pitman.  “It was an amazing feeling for Hannah and me to watch the ladies play unified ball and give it their all on the floor.  Our soccer team went hoarse with cheering and they were huge in helping us keep momentum.”

The win against Ozark put Emmaus in a good position on Friday as they finished out pool play.  The first match against Champion Baptist (Hot Springs, AK) was close for the first half of the first two sets, with the Lady Eagles pulling away at the end of each (25-18, 25-16).  Set three saw Emmaus hit a hot serving streak to close out the match quickly (25-8). 

The Lady Eagles now faced a familiar foe, Calvary Bible (Kansas City, MO), but were unable to come up with a victory.  “Calvary is a very smart and well coached team and they did a great job of exploiting our weaknesses,” commented Coach Pitman.  “We played well, but Calvary played outstanding and deserved the win.”  Emmaus lost 1-3 (19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 21-25). 

The wins against Ozark and Champion were enough to propel the Lady Eagles into the semi-finals on Saturday, where they were matched against #2 seed Hillsdale Baptist (Moore, OK).  “Hillsdale is a quick athletic team with very aggressive offense and serving,” said Coach Pitman.  Emmaus played exceptional, urgent ball, giving all they had, but in the end they were not able to match the Lady Saints as they fell 0-3 (18-25, 21-25, 18-25).

Thirty minutes later Emmaus faced Calvary again in the third place and final match of the season.  “We played with all we had left, which wasn’t a lot,” said Coach Pitman.  “I am so proud of the ladies for fighting until the last point to end an incredible season.”  Emmaus and Calvary battled back and forth with both teams having hot and cold streaks, but in the end the Lady Warriors caught the momentum at the right time, defeating the Lady Eagles in five sets (25-17, 24-26, 26-24, 19-25, 8-15).  “There is no shame in losing to a great team like Calvary who truly played outstanding volleyball in this tournament,” said Coach Pitman.  “Our ladies showed great character and heart the whole season and Emmaus should be very proud of what they have accomplished for our young volleyball program.” 

The Lady Eagles end the 2012 season with a record of 17 wins and 8 losses and were competitive in every match they played, being swept 0-3 only three times.  “I speak for Hannah and myself when I say we have been blessed by this group and have appreciated how they desired to have godly hearts both when things were going well and when things were hard,” said Coach Pitman.  “We are looking forward to seeing future Emmaus teams build on the success of this season.”

Posted 1 year ago

A New Major at Emmaus: Christian Camping Ministry

The Educational Ministries Department is excited to launch our new Christian Camping Ministries major. This new discipline is centered on rising up faithful followers of Christ in the next generation. This is in accordance to the Biblical pattern of ministry of the older passing on to the younger an example of remembrance and faithfulness to following the plan of God. 

Our department addresses this great task through faithful study and application of the Bible, intentional care for people and the administration of godly servant leadership. Strong emphasis is placed on hands-on training in working with adolescents through an intentional internship, practical field study, and Christian service with youth.

This new major works in partnership with the Leadership, Training, and Development (LTD) program at Camp Forest Springs (CFS) in Westboro, WI. In addition to studying at Emmaus, students will spend their entire senior year immersed in a professional Christian Camping environment while earning academic credit to fulfill their degree requirements. The Emmaus Camping Ministries program is designed to combine Emmaus’ excellent Bible and Theological training with dynamic Christian Camping ministries in conjunction with CFS’s experiential and hands-on classroom instruction. Students get the benefit of direct on-site training by CFS vocational staff. Students will work toward developing a personal philosophy and implementation of Christian camp ministry as they live out real-life camping ministry. An ideal graduate will be qualified to dynamically serve in a variety of director oriented roles specifically those of an executive, administrative, and programming nature.

Please visit the Educational Ministries Departmental page on the Emmaus website for more information about our new Christian Camping major. May God bless you as you purpose to follow Him!

Jeff Riley
Chair/Faculty Educational Ministries Department

Jeff Riley

Posted 2 years ago

Emmaus Bible College Admissions Website Ranked Top in the Nation

Emmaus Bible College is proud to announce that its Department of Admissions website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 14th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.  

“We are proud to have our admissions website recognized by My College Options as one of the leading sites in the nation,” said Ken Daughters, President of Emmaus Bible College. “We developed our site with the knowledge that potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information. As a result, we have made strides to constantly update our site with the latest tools and information that meet the needs of students and ensure that they can learn about what we have to offer.”

In the past year, has received several critical updates, including a complete redesign to reflect the look and feel of the college’s new suite of recruiting materials. Another key update is the new Academics section, with content-rich sections for each of the college’s Academic Departments. A new Athletics site, has also been launched in coordination with recruiting efforts. is the nation’s largest online college planning program. Every summer, its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, just over 40% earned a score of A or B. However, the average score increased significantly from last year.

“Very few institutions are able to keep up with the rapidly increasing demands of prospective students when it comes to the online user experience,” said Don Munce, President of NRCCUA. “To be rated in the top 100 Admissions websites is a powerful statement that the institution has a focus on the cutting-edge.” 

The study grades institutions on a 100-point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year’s study examined 38 different criteria in four main categories:

  • Ability to Find Desired Information
  • Personal Contact with Admissions Staff and Students
  • Online Interactive Tools
  • Website Design and Navigation

Additional information on the EPI study is available at

Posted 2 years ago

New Secondary Education Program at Emmaus

Emmaus Bible College is pleased to announce the addition of a new major in Secondary Education beginning Fall 2012! Students can specialize in teaching world history, business, or psychology.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be recommended for Iowa State teacher licensure with a 5-12 endorsement in their chosen content area.

The new Secondary Education program includes a major in Bible/Theology, which provides a strong Biblical foundation for teaching philosophy and practice.  Graduates of the program will be well-equipped for positions in public and private secondary schools as well as home school settings.

A recent State of Iowa review of the Teacher Education programs at Emmaus resulted in the following feedback:  ”The Teacher Education Program faculty model a passionate commitment to teaching as a profession and to nurturing candidates to become dedicated teachers….This commitment and investment is illustrated through sustaining program quality and candidate success over time.”  

If you want a share in this success, contact Enrollment Services for more information about the new Secondary Education program or other Teacher Education programs at Emmaus.