Lincoln Christian University Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2020 Webb Lectureship on Preaching Thu, 09 Jan 2020 20:27:01 +0000 The John M. Webb Lectureship on Preaching is scheduled for March 17-18, 2020 at Lincoln Christian University.

Tuesday, March 17

Wednesday, March 18

  • 9:30 a.m. Preaching Values that Have Used Me with Wayne Shaw (Dowling Auditorium)
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Cheryl R. (Jones) McKenna, LCC ’63-’66 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 05:59:19 +0000 Cheryl R. (Jones) McKenna, LCC ’63-’66, passed away on January 6, 2020.

Cheryl was caring, compassionate, charismatic, generous, and loved to entertain. She was very involved in her church, and was a homemaker and nanny for many years. She was loved by her family and friends. Cheryl is survived by her husband, Donald; goddaughter, Jamie (Bryan) McNulty, and their children Alexis, Aleigha, and Brendan; a sister, Karen (David) Buche, LCC ’60-’64, sister-in-law, Gladys Jones; nieces and nephews, Bonnie DeGrave, Bill Kiefert, Lisa DeHaven, Rod Kiefert, David Buche, LCC ’85-’88, Ron Buche, LCC ’91, Melissa Buche, LCC ’93, Kathy (Buche) Forlines, LCC ’00, Jake Jones, Jedd Jones, Jason Jones, Jenny Edelblute, Nick Jones, and Jeff Jones.

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Thomas “Tom” E. Cooperider, LCS ’99-’06 Sat, 04 Jan 2020 05:59:37 +0000 Thomas “Tom” E. Cooperider, LCS ’99-’06, passed away on January 3, 2020.

He gave his life to serving others as a full-time minster, and was currently serving at the Solsberry Christian Church in Solsberry, IN. He loved God and His people. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. One of Tom’s greatest gifts was helping people take one step closer to Jesus. He is survived by his beloved wife, Angie, four sons, one daughter, three siblings, 14 nephews, and 10 nieces. Not only was he a great Christian example to them but to many other children as well.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ryan, LCS ’10 and Sarah (Back), LCU ’12, Harty Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:00:22 +0000 Prepared for Kingdom service and suffering

My first year in seminary at LCU, I accepted an invitation to weekly group lunches in the Restoration Hall Seminar Room with Dr. Robert Lowery. And in my first year, I resolved to listen quietly to more advanced students converse with Dr. Lowery and other faculty. I don’t remember every discussion, but a few have stuck with me. One of these lunches was dominated by discussion of suffering in the midst of ministry—suffering because of hard things that God allows for us, and suffering because we help to carry the burdens of those we serve. I remember listening to fellow student and preacher, Tony Billingsley, recount month after month of hardship in his ministry. Dr. Lowery recounted teaching through cancer, and the beauty of fellowship with Dr. Gary Hall who was also teaching with cancer. We spoke of Dr. Robert Kurka teaching through multiple health issues. This was a day of preparation—I don’t remember what I learned in the classroom that day, but I can never forget the lesson I learned over lunch: ministering east of Eden will involve suffering. But no Bob Lowery lesson in suffering could go without an exhortation from the book of Revelation, “[Keep] my word about patient endurance…I am coming soon.”

We have been in Papua New Guinea for almost one year with Pioneer Bible Translators. Sarah and I have both served here in the past, and we knew there would be hardships. But in less than a year, we’ve had two evacuations from villages—the first time because our son, Jonah, fell ten feet from our house on stilts. When I carried him onto the helicopter to evacuate, he was in such pain that we couldn’t touch his spine. When we arrived at the clinic, he ran and jumped and laughed as the doctor examined him. Glory to God!

This past June, we left the same village a second time as an evacuation from a massive village fight. Bows and arrows were drawn, machetes brandished, and spears hastily crafted. I was already showing signs of sickness as we left, but none of us knew what was to come. Just three days later, I lay in the Ukarumpa clinic in critical condition with bacterial meningitis and sepsis. I have little recollection of what happened next, but my recovery has taken nearly six months. Early on, people asked us if we were going to go home. We remembered the words of Revelation: “hold on to what you have, endure patiently.” We’re happy we have stayed!

Now, months later, I’ve regained most of my strength, and I still remember transitive clauses, exegetical methods, discourse markers, Greek and Tok Pisin. We’re opening a new chapter in our ministry as I begin writing a grammar sketch for a Rai Coast language of Madang Province. We’re helping to accelerate an ongoing translation process in hopes of completing it in the years to come! We’ll be in the village again in a few weeks, and doing all we can to see to it that this Rai Coast language has the Word of God available to all who speak it.

The day after I graduated from Lincoln Christian Seminary, I went looking for Bob Lowery. I was days away from my first trip to Papua New Guinea, and I wanted him to autograph my copy of his book on Revelation. When I returned home, I saw his inscription: “Remain an overcomer.” Words taken from Revelation, and a charge to endure patiently. In spite of the hardships we’ve faced so far, Sarah and I are thrilled to be in Papua New Guinea, and we will keep asking the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into his fields. Our first stop as workers in the Lord’s vineyard was LCU, and we’re grateful for preparation in the classroom that fuels our work, and preparation outside the classroom for patient endurance in suffering and joy in the harvest.

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Wayne “Butch” Unger, LCC ’64 Sun, 29 Dec 2019 05:59:00 +0000 Wayne “Butch” Unger, LCC ’64, passed from this life into the heavenly one that he has preached about for the last 60 years on December 28, 2019, surrounded by his family at home.

His leadership qualities and personal faith were an example to those who knew him. Wayne joined Central African Mission one year after graduating from LCC and left for Rhodesia, Africa, where he served until 1973. Upon returning to the states, he pastored the Franklin Christian Church congregation for the next eight years, and was Senior Pastor to three congregations in California from 1987-2015. Wayne served on the Board of Trustees for an International Mission group that worked behind the Iron Curtain under Communist rule. He was appointed Vice President/Director of the European work based in Vienna, Austria. As part of his duties he directed travels in and out of those seven satellite countries, taking Bibles and supplies to the then, underground churches, until 1985. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ann (Monroe), one brother, two daughters, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

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Peggy “Peg” L. (Reid) Santiago, LCC ’83-’86 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 05:59:09 +0000 Peggy “Peg” L. (Reid) Santiago, LCC ’83-’86, passed away December 7, 2019 at her home.

Peg was a member of the Philo Road Church of Christ in Urbana, IL. She enjoyed reading, animals, and learning new things. She was preceded in death by her husband, Antonio “Tony” Santiago. Survivors include her mother, Carol Reid, sisters LuAnn Reid, Janet Brazle, and Lori Ross, and several nieces and nephews.

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Dr. Frank Dicken to Serve as Vice President of Academics Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:34:47 +0000 Lincoln Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Dicken has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of Academics effective January 1, 2020.

Dr. Dicken is Associate Professor of New Testament at LCU and has served here since 2013. He follows Dr. Barney Wells, who has served as both Graduate and Seminary Academic Dean and Interim Chief Academic Officer since June 1.

Dr. Dicken is an accomplished member of our faculty as well as a graduate of the former Lincoln Christian College (East Coast) and Lincoln Christian Seminary. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. He has served as the School of Bible and Theology Representative on the University’s Academic Council, as the Program Director for the B.A. in Biblical Studies, and the Faculty Athletics Representative. He is the author or editor of a number of publications on Luke-Acts, which was also the focus of his doctoral work. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the British New Testament Society. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at many institutions including TCMI, Hope International University, and Mid-Atlantic Christian University, and served six years as the Preaching Minister at Creswell Christian Church in Bel Air, Maryland.

One of our most popular undergraduate faculty members, Dr. Dicken will continue to teach undergraduate Bible courses, a reflection of his belief that “LCU will prepare you for your chosen vocation, but at the heart of all we do is reflection on Scripture.”

Dr. Dicken and his wife Jill live in Springfield, Illinois, and attend Southside Christian Church.

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Alumni Spotlight: Fred Hansen Sun, 01 Dec 2019 14:00:18 +0000 Fred Hansen, LCC ’97, LCS ’02, LCS ’09, is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies with the TCM International Institute, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Heiligenkreuz, Austria, where he has served since 2011.

When not traveling overseas teaching and volunteering for TCM, Fred and his wife, Dr. Cindy Hansen, reside in Minnesota with their two children, daughter Madeline and son Parker.

Fred completed his Ph.D. in 2019 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His dissertation entitled, “The Alpha and Omega and Lampstands Metaphors: A Linguistic Theory of Metaphor as Applied to the Book of Revelation,” was the culmination of studies he began with the late Dr. Robert Lowery, Academic Dean and beloved Professor of New Testament at Lincoln Christian Seminary. In a soon to be announced and celebrated appointment, TCM will install Fred as the Robert Lowery Faculty Chair to honor Dr. Lowery’s legacy of preaching, teaching, leading, and disciple making at TCM as well as at LCU.

Mark Mangano and Fred Hansen
Dr. Mark Mangano and Dr. Fred Hansen

Not only did LCU partner with TCM and Dr. Hansen through his previous education, but during the dissertation process, Nancy Olson and Leslie Starasta, librarians at LCU, provided research assistance. Additionally, Dr. Mark Mangano, Professor of Old Testament at LCU, traveled with the Hansens to Nijmegen to serve as one of Fred’s paranymphs for the Hora Est, the Dutch version of the doctoral defense.

Fred continues to minister and teach with TCM in the US, and will also travel to Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the coming months, teaching in several countries there as well. More information about the ministry of TCM can be found at or Feel free to contact Fred at

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Megan M. (Buxton) Thompson, LCU ’10 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:59:20 +0000 Megan M. (Buxton) Thompson, LCU ’10, peacefully entered the Lord’s presence on November 19, 2019, surrounded by family at her home.

She married Charlie Thompson on May 19th, 2012. Megan utilized her talents in graphic design, marketing, and event planning during her career at CHI Overhead doors, CIY (Christ in Youth), The City of Champaign, and the ASPCA APCC. She started her own home décor business in 2018 specializing in custom wreaths. Megan touched so many lives. Her passions included serving the youth of Monticello, homeless ministry through CU at Home, and planning retreats for local women to grow in their faith. She also found joy in spending time with family, traveling with her husband, hiking, kayaking, and taking photographs. Megan’s inspiring faith and strength were most evident in her journey with breast cancer. Megan is survived by her husband, parents Steve and Paula Buxton, her siblings, maternal grandparents, and several other family members

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Inez F. Hull, LBI ’55-’56 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 05:59:07 +0000 Inez F. Hull, LBI ’55-’56, passed away on November 10, 2019.

She was a resident of Missouri at the time. Inez graduated with honors from Virden High school and took her first job in a bank after being interviewed for the job in the livestock pens at the fair. She attended LBI before meeting and marrying Glenn E. Hull, LBI ’56. He survives. Also surviving are their children Glennda, LCC ’76-’78, (Richard, LCC ’80) Gobble, Victor (Melody) Hull, and Jonathan (Erin) Hull; eleven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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