Bruce McCracken

Bruce was born and raised in Aldan, a small suburb of Philadelphia, PA. He is the oldest of three sons raised in a Christian home. He attended Aldan Union Church. Both of these influences greatly shaped his spiritual development. A Sunday School teacher led him to Christ when he was 8 years old.

He completed a B.A. in Christian Education from Taylor University in Upland, IN where he met his wife Karen.

Karen and Bruce were married September 7, 1974. Their honeymoon was a long drive from Philly to Des Moines towing a U-haul! They served as youth pastors of the Evangelical Covenant Church, in Des Moines, IA for 5 years.

From Iowa they literally moved home, to Karen's home church in Havertown PA. where they served as youth pastors for three years.

Bruce and Karen moved to Deerfield, IL to complete a Master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. While finishing his master’s thesis and beginning the doctoral program at TEDS, the Lord called them to Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. 

Bruce completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Trinity in 1993. He has served as the head of the Marriage and Family program at LBC, the Chair of the Christian Education Department for 16 years, and the Dean of Undergraduate Education for 6 years.

Bruce founded House on the Rock Family Ministries in 1988 as an extension of his speaking and teaching ministry at LBC. It was through the prodding of several elders from his home church that he initiated launching full time in this venture.

Bruce currently serves as a member of Pat Morley's Man in the Mirror's faculty. He has also served on the faculties of: Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY and Messiah College in Grantham, PA.

Bruce and Karen are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary and are the parents of two adult sons and are the proud grandparents of the cutest granddaughters and one grandson!

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Dr. Bruce R. McCracken
House on the Rock Family Ministries

Educational Background

  • 1974 B.A. in Religion/Christian Education from Taylor University, Upland, IN
  • 1983 M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • 1993 Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Professional Experiences

  • 1974 - 1979 Youth Pastor at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Des Moines, IA
  • 1979 - 1981 Youth Pastor at the United Presbyterian Church of Manoa, Havertown, PA.
  • 1981 - 1983 Graduate Assistant to Dr. Warren Benson at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Involved in E. Free Church plant in Gurnee, IL;
  • 1985 - 1986 Interim Senior Pastor of Congregational Bible Church, Marietta, PA
  • 1983 - 1999 - Chairman, Department of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
  • 1994 - 1998 - Adjunct Faculty at Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY
  • 1999 - 2000 - Part time Faculty at Messiah College, Grantham, PA
  • 1999 -2005 - Dean of Undergraduate Education at Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
  • 2005 - 2006– Professor of Church Ministry and Leadership, LBC.
  • 2006 - Present - Fulltime as President of House on the Rock Family Ministries.


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