46. Elim Bible Institute

Elim Bible Institute is Located on College Street off NYS Routes 5 & 20 or 15A in the village of Lima, on a gently rolling campus. In 1832, the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary was established here and was among the first co-educational schools in the nation and operated until 1941. Genesee College, a liberal arts school, was also founded on the same site in 1850, and eventually relocated and became Syracuse University.

The site was listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The U-shaped building with a two-story veranda and tiered columns, is the former seminary Administration building circa 1842. The former Genesee College Hall is located to the east of the seminary and is considered a complete neoclassical temple form.

Among the distinguished individuals associated with the college include Frances Willard, the founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, Harvey Jarvis Raymond, founder of the New York Times, and suffragist and attorney Belva Lockwood, the first female candidate for president of the United States. 

Elim purchased the campus in 1951 and today the sprawling 75-acre campus prepares students for revival ministry worldwide.