On Saturday, May 1, 2021, family and friends of Dr. Elwyn Buche gathered together on the campus of Lincoln Christian University to dedicate a memorial in honor of a man who served on the faculty of LCU from 1964-1980.
Graham Hill, an LCU student and Lincoln Leader, opened with a rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” a hymn with deep significance for Dr. Buche and his family.
Program presented by Tracy Thomas, Director of Alumni Relations:
“On behalf of our Lincoln Christian University family, we welcome the family and friends of Dr. Elwyn Buche to this celebration of his ministry legacy at LCU. Your presence today is a visual reminder of the impact that Elwyn continues to have. It would be accurate to say that this celebration today is an overdue acknowledgment of one man’s faithful walk with Christ. However, it is also worthwhile to remember that your participation continues to speak volumes about his continued imprint he makes even today.”
“Dr. Buche was born on November 14, 1932, son of Earl and Gertrude. He married the love of his life Mary Ann in 1952 and they walked together until her passing in 2012. He became a student at what was then Lincoln Bible Institute, graduating in 1956. As with so many other graduates, the call to ministry took him away from Lincoln for a season. However, we were blessed to have him return to us in 1964, this time as a member of the faculty until he was called to the faculty of Pacific Christian College, now Hope International University in 1980. Lincoln Christian University will forever be grateful for the influence of Dr. Buche on our journey as a place for Biblical Christ-centered higher education.”
“This quiet memorial will serve as a lasting tribute to a man who gave so much to those in his care, and whose legacy will be remembered by future generations of students, faculty, and staff of LCU who will benefit from the beauty of this special place and his famous phrase recorded for posterity: ‘People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.’” “The words of the Apostle Paul to the elders of Ephesus seem fitting here: Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32). Thank you, Dr. Buche, for the inheritance you have left us all. We are grateful.”