“…grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” -John 1:17
What Is Verity?
Verity College Education is an innovative college-level program that helps students obtain a fully-accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a biblical perspective at a fraction of the cost of a traditional college program.
Since its founding in 2001, Verity, which means truth, has discipled hundreds of college students in becoming dynamic proclaimers of Jesus Christ in the fields they have been called to.
Through a balance of classroom instruction, real-life training opportunities, and constant immersion in the Word of God, Verity exists to inspire a love for learning, encourage the building of Christ’s character, and ignite a passion for pursuing Christ in all areas of life.
Verity’s mission is to glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ through higher education that equips students to build their lives around God’s Word, effectively fulfill their life calling, and make disciples of all the nations.
At Verity, we truly believe in higher education for a higher calling. This passion for pursuing excellence in fulfilling whatever God has in store for each of us fuels everything we do and shapes the goals we have set for our program and students.
Our greatest desire is for our students to fortify their relationship with Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. At Verity, we encourage both the knowledge and the application of God’s Word as it serves as the lens through which to view all of life.
We create opportunities for students to discover God’s calling for their lives and foster personal, social, and professional development. As students gain academic insight into their fields, that knowledge is enhanced through daily application and brought into perspective through personal discipleship.
Carrying out Christ’s command to be His ambassadors to all corners of this world is the charge we give our students. The training they receive while at Verity is meant to prepare them for a lifestyle that exemplifies Christ and actively seeks to spread His Word and make disciples, whether serving in the local community or on the opposite side of the world.
Who We Are
Verity College Education was founded in order to meet the need for higher education that helps Christian students obtain a college degree without going into debt or losing their faith. The vision was to develop a different approach to college, one that results in an accredited bachelor’s degree in 21 months while at the same time preparing students to be Christ-
Approximately 40 students pioneered this innovative learning program. And it worked. Verity held its first Commencement Ceremony in May 2003. The first graduating class was addressed by Michigan Representative Ken Bradstreet.
In the summer of 2006, Verity moved to its present location in Indianapolis, Indiana, leasing the property from the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP). The 25-acre campus includes green fields for recreation, ample space for new classrooms, and spacious dorm rooms and apartments for students and staff.
From its inception, Verity has placed a high priority on ministry and service. Verity’s first senior class took a two-
Dr. Kevin McCray joined Verity as Director of Biblical Studies in 2004 after he and his family had served for three years as missionaries in Romania. Dr. McCray became Verity’s Executive Director in 2007 with a renewed vision to “disciple college students.”
In 2009 a partnership was developed between Verity and Thomas Edison State University (TESU) in Newark, New Jersey. TESU, which is a regionally accredited institution, grants most of Verity’s degrees. Additionally, this partnership provides Verity students with in-
The list of Verity’s degrees, programs, and workshops has continued to grow, adding Dual Enrollment, Adult Learning, Culinary Arts, and Film Production. Verity now provides 14 degree programs and works with over 30 universities and colleges to help students complete their accredited degrees.
Dr. John Bechtle, Director of Academic Affairs, became part of the Verity team in 2014. Dr. Bechtle continues to direct The Telos Institute International, one of Verity’s educational partners. Other strategic partners in promoting a biblical worldview include Advanced Training Institute, Answers in Genesis, Good News Mission, Institute in Basic Life Principles, International ALERT Academy, Life Centers, National Bible Bee, and Operation Exodus.
In addition to our faculty and staff, Verity has benefited from volunteer leaders from its inception. The Verity Board of Advisors was organized in 2009 and the Verity Foundation Board first convened in 2011. In 2012, the two boards were merged. Today the Verity Foundation Board is chaired by Jeff Thomas, President of Omega Church Consultants in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Statement of Faith
We believe in the one true God, existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal from all eternity, each with distinct personalities but of one essence.
We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and is the sole, infallible rule of faith and practice.
We believe that the universe and man were created by God in six literal, consecutive 24-hour days as recorded in the book of Genesis. We believe that the Scripture teaches a recent origin for the whole creation, which has existed approximately 4,000 years before the birth of Christ.
We believe Adam was directly created in innocence and in the image of God and did not evolve from preexisting forms of life. By voluntary transgression, he fell, and thus the whole human race is now sinful by nature and practice and therefore under just condemnation to eternal separation from God.
We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He entered into the world through the virgin birth, and lived among us without sin as perfect Man and perfect God.
We believe Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute for all sinners, was buried and rose again bodily, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, from whence He will personally return.
We believe people are justified by grace through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ without any mixture of works.
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner; regenerates, sanctifies, and indwells the believer; and fills and empowers the believer for effective service.
We believe in the priesthood of the believer and in God’s provision for each believer to be victorious by being led of the Spirit and not walking after the flesh.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the just unto the resurrection of life eternal and the lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.
We believe Satan is a living being and that hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment for him, his hosts, and all unbelievers.
We believe Scripture commands Christians to abstain from all forms of sexual immorality, pride, covetousness, compromise, and unbelief. God’s people are called to holy living as taught in the Bible.
We believe the Bible sets forth principles for Godly living and that if one learns and follows these principles, one will be able to detect, avoid, and refute false teachings and false concepts.
At Verity, we value and strive to uphold:
• Humility and Unity
• Discipleship and Growth
• Grace, Honor, Respect, and Love
• The Fear of the Lord, Holiness of God, and Freedom in Christ
• Effective Communication
• God-honoring Friendship
• Prayer and Faith
• Honesty, Integrity, and Truth
• Selfless Service and Ministry
• Uniqueness, Innovation, Creativity, and Flexibility
• Faith-filled, Overcomer’s Attitude
• Excellence, Initiative, Diligence, Accountability, and Results