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Bible college president still learning

January 03, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

WASHINGTON COUNTY - While George Rundle has been the president of Antietam Bible College since 2003, he says he is still discovering the depth and the scope of the 30-year mission of the institution.

"It's the people and the spirit here that touches lives and makes a difference," Rundle said.

The college shares space with Broadfording Christian Academy at 13535 Broadfording Church Road, six miles west of Hagerstown.

Both were spawned from the ministry of the Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, also at that location. William Freed, a pastor of that church, was the founder and first president of the college that originally was known as Broadfording Christian College.

"The community needed this - there was a real vacuum here in the four-state area," Rundle said. "We want to keep our graduates around to build stronger churches and reach more people with the good news of Jesus."

Rundle said one of the most rewarding parts of his job is seeing how lives are changed.

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"Our alumni folder is getting thicker and thicker," he said.

Many of the ABC graduates are in churches in this area, Rundle said.

A native of Wisconsin, Rundle joined the U.S. Air Force and spent time in Germany, where he said he received his grounding in religious service.

Returning to the U.S. to complete his education, Rundle went into the field of Christian education and then went back to Germany.

"This is the love of my life," Rundle said.

He helped open about 10 extension colleges in Germany during 12 years there.

Rundle met his wife in Germany, an American who was working for the U.S. government. They were married in 1989 and returned to the U.S. in 1993.

"We settled in Chambersburg, Pa., and started the Open Bible Institution at the Open Door Church in 1994," said Rundle, who stayed there for eight years.

In addition to heading up ABC, Rundle travels to Africa, Romania and the Philippines with Baptist Mission to Forgotten People - again founding Bible institutes.

"I taught a pastors' training conference," Rundle said. "And I'm taking it worldwide."

Antietam Bible College has approximately 50 students, and Rundle said expansion plans are being discussed.

"There's nothing like investing in what affects people spiritually," Rundle said.

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