About Us

Mission Statement

We’re pioneering a new educational path for students to become mature, wise, productive adults who live purposeful, fulfilling lives.

Who We Are

At Excel College, we agree with St. Irenaeus' assertion that "the Glory of God is man fully alive." We believe that higher education, done rightly, will teach students to flourish - not just get a job. We believe students who flourish build families that flourish; families that flourish build communities that flourish; and communities that flourish build a world that flourishes.

But what does it mean to flourish, and how does one learn to flourish? Flourishing means being healthy and whole in body, soul, and spirit - not just thriving in the classroom, but in all areas of life. At Excel, students learn to thrive intellectually, spiritually, practically, professionally, and missionally.

Through dozens of years of experience in higher education and multiple iterations, we've learned that Jesus Himself set before us the most effective model of training in flourishing: life on life discipleship. So here, at Excel, discipleship and education come together to foster human flourishing and students learn how to build lives - not just make a living.

Meet Our Leadership

Our faculty and staff have devoted their lives to seeing students become wise, mature and productive adults who follow Jesus into a life of flourishing. We also host visiting scholars, teachers, pastors, and marketplace leaders throughout each academic year to engage with students in academic and/or practical learning opportunities. All of these efforts are supported by a group of volunteers too numerous to mention but without which we could not do what we do.

Lee Byberg


Davis Norment

Lead Core Faculty

Andrew Chambers

Head of Campus Life

Jean Norment

Campus Mentor

Charity Chambers

Academic Coordinator & Faculty

Nicole Murray

Practicum Coordinator

Andrew Haak

Core Faculty

Missy Norment


Isaiah Schmidt

Recruiting Coordinator

Austin Smith

Creative Arts

Rob Ames

Core Faculty

Jeff Ingle


Statement of Faith

Excel College is designed and centered on a Christian perspective. We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is authoritative for all matters of life and theology. While we are not affiliated with a particular denomination, our commitment to a spiritually-grounded faith in Christ is reflected in how we do community, our academic methodologies, and the practical integration of faith in the everyday lives of our staff and students. In the context of discipleship, our curriculum serves as an opportunity for our students to experience rich critical engagement with both sacred and secular authors within a Christian framework. Students accepted into our program have made a profession of faith in Christ, but are not required to reach the same conclusions in every matter as their faculty, Excel College, or its leadership. They are, however, expected to engage respectfully and thoughtfully with Excel College’s Christian approach and content matter, just as with any other student’s perspectives.

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Excel college is such an amazing community full of wonderful, godly people. The program is like no other, and I can say without a doubt that I’ve grown so much as a person since the start of the school year. My transition from Challenge IV to the Core was everything I hoped it would be. I especially love the Socratic discussions that we’ve had, as they remind me of the many meaningful conversations that I had with my fellow Challenge students. I would absolutely encourage graduating C.C. students to consider Excel College as an option for their future education! The adventure awaits!



C7 Student, 2022

I am currently a student at Excel College working towards my Bachelors degree, and it is the best decision I have ever made! I have so much gratitude for this community, curriculum, and discipleship-hearted leaders. God is in every inch of this place, from the warm smiles of the people you encounter to the rich materials and teachings in and out of the classroom. Excel is so much more than just a degree, this place has shown me what it means to be the Church, to be a people of love, family, and Kingdom. This is abundant life; it is life to the fullest. I have been greatly challenged, inspired, and encouraged. Most of all, I have been loved by every single student and staff member on this campus. None of this can even begin to describe how incredible this program is. It is something that can only be experienced, that's how transformative this curriculum is.



C6 Student, 2021

I’ve gained three important perspectives during my time in the program that drastically changed my approach toward life. Learning about education in the context of empathy helped me to critically challenge ideas that would help push me toward God’s Truth. Learning about creativity in the context of Creation helped me to find gratitude in God’s Goodness. Learning about responsibility in the context of relationships helped me to pursue God’s beauty that he intended for us.



C2 Alumni, 2017

At Excel College, I experienced challenge and growth like I could never have imagined. The Core Curriculum led me into a newfound love for God and His Creation as I learned to see him and His world rightly. I came to see life as a WHOLE instead of a collection of PARTS and this laid a foundation for wisdom that will guide me for the rest of my life. My life is fueled by a passion to see and relate rightly with God, his creation, myself and my neighbor and has led me into a position where I get to partner with His Spirit in leading the next generation into the same revelation.



C2 Alumni, 2017

The Excel College Program is exactly what I have been looking for over the last few years in regards to completing my degree. I have been able to use my previous experience as a Squad Leader for the World Race and Intern with G42 Leadership Academy to begin to fulfill my Phase 2 requirements for my emphasis in Community and Program Development. I have already had the opportunity to work alongside leaders at Excel in developing and refining programs for youth and young adults. Excel College’s holistic approach to education and living has already made an impact in my life and I look forward to the growth I get to continue experiencing here professionally and personally.



C6 Student, 2021

I came for community, and found family. I came for discipleship, and received a network of people who poured into me. I came for a place to live, and found new life. Hands down the most educational, loving, and excellent place to learn how to flourish. I'm now in the Practicum phase, with an emphasis in product development and finding myself hungry to learn more and engage in deep conversation with those who are equally hungry. Nonetheless,my time in Excel has been and continues to be a once in a lifetime experience.



C6 Student, 2021

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