A Message from the President

Wave Leadership College was founded with a vision to combine the best of practical ministry training and academic excellence. I believe that future Christian leaders are truly equipped for God’s call when they understand the reality of ministry life and comprehend the truth of God’s Word. In the world today, There are many great Christian colleges and there are many great churches. Wave Leadership College’s partnership with Wave Church brings the best of both life-giving environments together. Wave Leadership College is located on the main campus of Wave Church, a growing congregation of many thousands, which is influencing the world for Christ one day, one year, and one life at a time. Wave Church exists to be relevant and intentional in its mission to reach the lost and show the love of Jesus to our community and to our world.

To attend Wave Leadership College is to not only receive a life-changing education; it is to learn how to serve, to connect, and to catch the life, spirit, culture, and momentum of Wave Church. My desire is for every student to take the life and spirit of Wave Church as they return home and make meaningful contributions to their local churches, and as they go forward to plant churches and lead ministries around the world. If your heart is open and your mind is sharpened, you can’t help but catch a part of its passion and destiny. Come be a part of what God is doing at Wave Leadership College and Wave Church!

President Steve Kelly


Wave Leadership College graduates earn an Associate of Ministry degree. Each student can also choose from one of five Professional Development Tracks (Pastoral Leadership, Business/NonProfit Management, Media & The Arts, Worship Leadership, or Christian Scholarship).


Tired of seeing how expensive college is? Wondering how you could ever pay for it without borrowing so much money that won’t be paid off until you’re a grandparent? Wave Leadership College understands and is dedicated to providing our students with a great education at a reasonable price.

Wave Leadership College’s tuition and fees are in the same price range as in-state community colleges. Not only can you afford to attend Wave Leadership College, with our prices, you can’t afford not to.

Transfer In & Out

Every semester Wave Leadership College has a number of transfer students. Whether you have earned an accredited degree in a different major, or have taken classes at an accredited college, you may be able to transfer credits when enrolling at Wave Leadership College. Please contact our Academic Dean’s office with specific questions on transfer credits.

After graduating from Wave Leadership College, you may want to continue pursuing further education in Christian ministry or another degree. Many ABHE colleges accept WLC transfer credits, and WLC has Articulation agreements which allow for transfer of credits to major Christian universities such as Southeastern University, Regent University, and Liberty University.


Wave Leadership College is led by highly qualified Christian educators and pastors who have a passion for the next generation and a commitment to excellence in ministry and life. President Steve Kelly has been a pastor for over 30 years, and is known around the world for his inspiring, relevant messages that present the gospel with grace and truth. Under his ministry, tens of thousands of people have come to salvation in Christ.

Day-to-day operations of WLC are led by Executive Vice President Derek Holser. Derek is a lifelong educator, author and nonprofit attorney who is passionate about preparing the next generation for their opportunity to lead and minister with a spirit of boldness, Christ-like love, and clear understanding of the world around them and their role therein.


At Wave Leadership College, our students don’t have to wait until after graduation to find out what things are like in the “real world”. Our Leadership Experience And Practicum (LEAP) Program provides every student with the opportunity to immediately apply classroom learning in ministry serving. Every week, whether serving in a ministry department at Wave Church, Wave Leadership College, or Wave City Care, our students are given meaningful leadership experiences and ministry development.

For students whose home church is in Hampton Roads, LEAP credits are earned through service in their home church or charity. Many WLC graduates have discovered a fuller dimension of God’s call through their LEAP experiences and some have even found their full-time ministry vocation through their LEAP assignments.

Federal Aid

As a Title IV certified college, Wave Leadership College offers all students access to Federal Aid via Pell Grants and/or Direct Loans. In addition, students are eligible to apply for scholarship aid.


Wave Leadership College officially has off site housing! We have partnered with Arbor Trace Apartments to provide housing for our out of town students. The apartments are conveniently located just 3 miles away from Wave Church and another 3 miles away from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. If you are a current student or a prospective student and you want to find out more, contact our Dean of Students Jim Knarr at jim.knarr@wavecollege.edu.

Space in an apartment is available on a first come first serve basis.

The apartments are two bedrooms with one full bath and can provide housing for four students, two students to each bedroom. The units are unfurnished.

Each unit includes the following:
– Washer/dryer
– Stove/oven
– Refrigerator
– Dish Washer
– Microwave
– Garbage disposal
– No smoking throughout complex!

Other highlights include:
– Quiet neighborhood
– Pool / pool changing rooms and bath
– Fenced in pet playground
– Several picnic tables with BBQ grills
– Fitness room
– Club House open to residents Monday through Saturday with Free WIFI in club house
– One block from a Super Walmart and the post office
– .5 mile from Hilltop shopping center
– Approximately 5 minute drive to Wave Leadership College campus
– Newly remodeled apartments/new appliances
-Wave Leadership College RA on site to address immediate needs

Schedule A Visit

Take a day off school or work and see what life as a WLC student is all about. We’ll even give you a note to excuse you for the day of your responsibilities! Bring your friends and bring your parents. 

Click below to schedule your visit today!