Geneva College

 

 

History & Heritage

For 160 years, Geneva College has shaped the lives and careers of generations of students. The idea of Geneva College actually was expressed as early as 1836 by James Stewart Johnston, keeper of a general store in New Richland, Ohio, where the Scotch-Irish community came to buy tea, calico, gun powder and utensils. The residents also exchanged ideas here on everything from seed corn to the Kingdom of Heaven, and many liked the idea of a Christian liberal arts college.

Johnston's brother, the Reverend John Black Johnston, pastor of the Miami Reformed Presbyterian Church, began holding a Latin class in his study at Northwood, Ohio, in 1837. Initially, seven young men attended. The class soon grew, opened to include young women, and eventually moved to a log school in the village.

On April 20, 1848, Geneva Hall opened in Northwood, Ohio. The school was named in honor of Geneva, Switzerland, center of the Reformed faith movement. Under the sponsorship of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America , Geneva moved in 1880 to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to a parcel of land donated by the Harmony Society, a German religious group.

Geneva continues today as a leader in Christian education--developing servant-leaders who can transform society for the kingdom of Christ. Our goal is to empower graduates who will positively impact their workplaces, communities, churches, families and world.


 

Point of Excellence

Geneva’s semester abroad programs include opportunities to study in Rome, China, South Africa, Japan, Spain and many more.

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Upcoming Events
Apr23
Chapel
Geneva chaplain Rutledge Etheridge
Metheny Fieldhouse 10:10 a.m.

Apr23
The Geneva Reading Series

McCartney Library 7:00 p.m.

COMMUNITY
Geneva to host National Day of Prayer breakfast
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to campus for prayer and breakfast on Thu., May 1 at 7:30 a.m.
ALUMNI
Celebration Weekend for the classes of ’54 and ’64
Special events for 50- and 60-year alumni are planned to coincide with Commencement.
ARTS & CULTURE
Geneva Reading Series IV: "A New, New Hope"
The final event in the series for the 2013-14 academic year will be on Apr. 23 at 7 p.m.
ARTS & CULTURE
Symphonic Band to present Spring Concert
The 68-member ensemble will perform on Apr. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Justin McElhattan named 2014 Serving Leader
The award will be presented at the MSOL Serving Leaders Conference on Apr. 10.