Faith Builders Educational Programs

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We provide God-centered learning experiences that equip students for joyful, humble service in God's Kingdom.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Faith Builders Educational Programs
28527 Guys Mills Rd
Guys Mills, PA 16327


Phone: (814) 789-4518

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 251685931

CEO/President: Steven & Cynthia Brubaker


Board size: 8


Ruling year: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


Faith Builders Educational Programs is a private, co-educational, post-secondary educational institution rooted in the conservative Anabaptist tradition.

Mission statement

Statement of faith

God the Father and creation We believe in one God who is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in God as creator and sustainer of all things, and accept the Genesis account of creation as authentic. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and depravity through willful rejection of the known will of God. We believe that children become accountable before God when they reach a level of maturity in which they can make a voluntary choice to accept or reject Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.

Jesus Christ We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and was born of a Virgin; that He lived a perfect life; that He died and shed His blood to redeem mankind from their sin; that Christ arose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, intercedes for believers, and empowers for service and victorious living. We believe that Christ will return as He went into heaven and that He will reward the righteous, judge the unrighteous, and bring to fulfillment the restoration of all things.

Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit works in the world to bring men to Christ and that He dwells in the believer to comfort and guide into all truth.

Satan We believe that Satan is the personal enemy of God and all that is good, and that he is at work deceiving men and promoting evil. We believe Christians are called to resist the devil as well as to seek protection and victory over him through the life, presence, and power of Christ.

Scripture We believe that the entire Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in the original writings, authentic in its matter, and authoritative in its counsels. We believe that the Bible, as interpreted by the life and teaching of Christ, is the final authority for Christian living. FBEP embraces the historic Anabaptist understanding of Christianity that emphasizes faith, repentance, discipleship, unselfish living, and the application of the Word to daily life.

Salvation We believe in a salvation theology that makes the life, death, and resurrection of Christ the heart of Christianity and the community of faith the arena through which God reigns in the world. We believe that our relationship with Christ brings us into harmony with the Father, the created order, and the community of believers. As believers surrender to the lordship of Christ and follow Him in obedience, they are delivered from the power of Satan and the practice of sin. Since they are citizens of the heavenly kingdom while they live on earth, believers work in harmony with Christ to bring all that is under their dominion into conformity to the purposes of God for the universe so that all things under their dominion might be reconciled to God. We believe that God has called Christians to flee sin, to follow righteousness, and to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:11, 12). God is calling Christians to die to sin and to rise with Christ to a victorious lifestyle. The Biblical view of salvation emphasizes both faith in Christ and obedience in life (discipleship).

Church We believe that the church is the body of Christ and is called to be a brotherhood that encourages, instructs, and disciplines God's people for the maintenance of purity and the promotion of spiritual growth. We believe that FBEP is responsible to assist the church and the home in their task of preparing people for Christian service.

Civil Government We believe that the civil government is ordained of God to maintain order in society and that it is the Christian's duty to honor and pray for those in authority. Followers of Christ love all men, witness to the lost and to those in authority, and resist evil without the use of carnal force.

In addition to these brief doctrinal statements, we accept the historic creeds of the Christian church (e.g., Apostles and Nicene Creed) and the statement of Christian Doctrine adopted by the Mennonite Church in 1921 at Garden City, Missouri. We also have an appreciation for the Schleitheim Confession (1527) and the Dortrecht Confession (1632).

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Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating318 of 111242 of 121
Fund acquisition rating244 of 111325 of 121
Resource allocation rating125 of 111326 of 121
Asset utilization rating909 of 111296 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$354,623$274,809$279,352$216,881$177,086
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$9,319,023$6,744,604$4,444,360$3,916,892$2,606,615
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,259,678$1,884,299$1,816,202$1,833,288$1,848,747
Other long-term assets$319,808$251,559$72,251$58,482$117,943
Total long-term assets$3,579,486$2,135,858$1,888,453$1,891,770$1,966,690
Total assets$12,898,509$8,880,462$6,332,813$5,808,662$4,573,305
Payables and accrued expenses$90,072$96,904$44,003$106,317$40,641
Other current liabilities$6,848,062$4,377,173$2,610,479$2,646,916$1,935,129
Total current liabilities$6,938,134$4,474,077$2,654,482$2,753,233$1,975,770
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$6,938,134$4,474,077$2,654,482$2,753,233$1,975,770
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$4,524,258$2,810,162$2,718,366$2,700,041$2,416,679
With donor restrictions$1,436,117$1,596,223$959,965$355,388$180,856
Net assets$5,960,375$4,406,385$3,678,331$3,055,429$2,597,535
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,006,614$1,440,134$1,408,163$1,045,410$941,566
Program service revenue$1,857,562$1,628,185$1,127,537$1,133,393$1,177,052
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$227,368$56,855$51,193$75,655$65,537
Other revenue$327,893$337,397$301,336$274,246$302,022
Total other revenue$2,412,823$2,022,437$1,480,066$1,483,294$1,544,611
Total revenue$4,419,437$3,462,571$2,888,229$2,528,704$2,486,177
Program services$2,785,922$2,418,410$2,023,448$1,801,740$1,701,714
Management and general$228,950$316,107$241,879$255,469$313,695
Total expenses$3,014,872$2,734,517$2,265,327$2,070,810$2,015,409
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$1,404,565$728,054$622,902$457,894$470,768
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,404,565$728,054$622,902$457,894$470,768


Steven BrubakerPresident$67,490
Sheldon KauffmanTreasurer$55,520

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/22/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The birth and growth of the Christian school movement among conservative Mennonites was accompanied by a growing need for qualified teachers. During the early 1980's, a few concerned brethren met to discuss the possibility of starting a Christian college for conservative Mennonites. The result of that discussion was a meeting in Hartville, Ohio, on February 13, 1982, which was attended by about 15 persons. From those present an ad-hoc committee composed of John D. Martin, Joseph Hostetler, Roman J. Miller, and Dale Heisey was formed and given the responsibility to develop a proposal for a Christian college. During 1983, this ad-hoc committee completed a document called "Proposal for a Christian College," which proposed a four-year college with the following emphases: a work-study program that provides a tuition-free education, a teaching program that equips people to live in the community of faith after finishing school, a discipleship program that encourages people to follow Christ in life and to use their gifts to build the Kingdom of God, and an educational program that equips people to serve the church and spread the gospel. Although a year-round, on-site educational program was not developed until after facilities were purchased in 1992, many of these emphases were incorporated into the developing program. Between 1984 and 1992, the Board of Faith Builders Educational Programs (hereafter FBEP or FB) struggled to develop plans for a Christian college

that a wide range of conservative Mennonites could support. Board members during this time included Dale Heisey, James Landis, Milo Zehr, Enos Heatwole, Orval Zehr, Lyle Kropf, David Weaver, Paul Miller, Vernon Mullet, Joe Schmucker, and Melvin Lehman. As a step toward achieving the goal of establishing a year-round post-high-school program of study, the board decided to offer classes during the summers for two types of students: content classes for teachers and issues classes for students attending other schools. As a result of that decision, summer terms were held from 1987 through 1992 at rented facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. During these years FBEP received many calls for teachers. In 1991 the board decided that FBEP could not meet the great need for teachers by offering classes only during the summer. The decision was made to purchase a property and to develop a year-round teacher apprenticing program. The nineteen acres and 85,000 sq. ft. complex at Guys Mills, PA were purchased in July, 1992, and renovation began soon afterward. In an attempt to develop work projects that would allow FBEP to offer a work-study educational program, a bakery was started in 1992 and plans were developed to open a personal care home. One year after renovation began, the year-round Teacher Apprenticing Program (hereafter TAP) became a reality in the fall of 1993 when a Christian school for grades 1-12 was established on-site as a platform for the apprenticing process. Despite having limited financial and personnel resources, Faith Builders was able to make progress in building a program of instruction for teachers. During 1994 and 1995 a basic curriculum of core courses was developed, and Faith Builders began to accept year-round students. In January, 1999, an intensive self-evaluation of FBEP was initiated in an attempt to strengthen Faith Builder's educational programs and discipling methods. As a result of this self-evaluation, changes in the teacher-training curriculum, the addition of a two-year program for students interested in areas of Christian service other than teaching (Ministry Apprenticing Program, abbreviated as MAP), strengthening of mentoring methods, and a transition from quarter hours to semester hours were effected. To strengthen FB's apprenticing programs, a three-week apprenticing term was added during the 2003-2004 academic year. During the same year, terms were changed to twelve weeks of study with one week of focused mentoring. A five-week winter term during January was added to the school's offerings in 2004 with an emphasis on offering courses of biblical, theological, and practical ministry interest. Faith Builders discontinued several work-study programs over the years. The bakery was discontinued in 2002 and the Personal Care Home in 2007 due to increasing regulation and conflicts with student schedules. The emphasis on developing the hands continues with school service and apprenticing throughout terms.

In 2006, the FBEP Board of Directors voted to form the FB Resource Group with the purpose of producing, publishing, and distributing books, audio, video, and live resources that promote an Anabaptist-Christian worldview. The Resource Group provides resources and services for Mennonite schools and church communities. In November, 2010 Faith Builders underwent a process of course evaluation by the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (National PONSI). This evaluation provides a way for students to transfer course work done at FB to colleges and universities. (See page 63 for more information.) In 2011 the board and administration of Faith Builders restructured the core programs to bring greater clarity and real-world experience to the training in Christian ministries. Faith Builders began offering three tracks of study at FBEP, as follows: 1) Teacher Apprenticing, with only slight modifications; 2) Christian Ministries (replacing Ministry Apprenticing Program), offering a number of concentrations such as discipleship, music, and Bible; and 3) General Studies, for those students who would like to pursue education beyond FB.

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