In 1903 in Lynchburg, Virginia, ministers of the Christian Church approached Dr. Josephus Hopwood about presiding over a newly founded college. In Lynchburg, a large recreational resort had just gone bankrupt, and the remaining building was for sale. This building makes up part of the current campus of Lynchburg College. Lynchburg College, a private college, still maintains its religious association with the Christian Church.
At its founding, the board of the college was determined to create a school that would focus on a liberal arts foundational education, and this traditional educational structure remains intact today. With over forty majors offered, Lynchburg College has grown from a tiny educational institution of a mere fifty students to a medium private college with an average attendance of well over two thousand.
The school is very active in the community and operates eight distinct volunteer centers that draw over 25,000 student and faculty volunteers each year. This attitude toward community outreach and service has formed a very positive image of Lynchburg College in the city of Lynchburg and the surrounding areas.