Wave Leadership College is a thriving Christian community of intentional learning and practical personal development, and is distinguished by a number of characteristics...


Wave Leadership College graduates earn an Associate of Ministry degree. Each student can also choose from one of three Professional Development Elective Concentrations (Pastoral Leadership, Business/NonProfit Management, and Media & The Arts).

The Associate of Ministry degree consists of 62 total credits, combining 4 practical ministry credits with 22 general education credits, 24 Biblical/Theology credits, and 12 Leadership/Professional Development credits.


College students and parents of college students are frustrated by the indefensibly escalating costs of a college degree. According to the US Dept. of Labor, the price index for college tuition has increased by nearly 80% since 2003. The collective student debt burden carried by the next generation of Americans is devastating and is limiting students and young families from achieving their full potential.

We believe that education can and should be affordable. Wave Leadership College tuition will always be comparable to in-state community college pricing. We don’t load our student accounts with indecipherable fees, and we don’t have a bloated administrative staff. Wave Leadership College is about what matters – giving our students a great experience with real-life preparation for the future without wasting money.

Our cost is $185 credit hour, a substantial savings compared to other Christian colleges.

Transfer In & Out

Wave Leadership College currently holds Candidate status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The ABHE is a US Department of Education recognized national Bible college accreditation organization. Many ABHE colleges accept WLC transfer credits, and WLC has Articulation agreements which allow for full 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.

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.com.


These are available on a first come first serve basis.


The apartments are two bedrooms with one full bath and can provide housing for four people, two persons to each bedroom. The units are furnished.
The estimated cost per student is as follows with four students in the apartment
– $350 rent (paid to WLC)
– $50 electric (student pays provider)
– $20 water and sewage (student pays the city)
– $15 WIFI (student pays provider)
– $15 Cable (student pays provider)
Estimated Grand Total: $450 (students need agreements with utility providers)

The estimated cost per student is as follows with two students in the apartment
– $675 rent (WLC) (450 if rented by three students)
– $100 electric (student pays provider)
– $20 water and sewage (students pays the city)
– $30 WIFI (student pays provider)
– $30 Cable (student pays provider)
Estimated Grand Total: $855 (students need agreements with utility providers)

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 center
– Approximately 5 minute drive to WLC
– Newly remodeled apartments/new appliances

A deposit of $175 and move in date will be discussed. and the lease would be set for at a minimum of 6 months.


We also have many church members willing to rent a room to a student for about the same price. If a student prefers to live with a family or church member, we can match them up with the right person. Once they apply and start the process, we will work on helping them find a place to live.


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