Lincoln Christian University Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:56:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alumni Spotlight: Robert “Bob” and Lorraine (Brooker) Szoke Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:12:12 +0000 Robert “Bob”, LCC ’73, and Lorraine (Br​ooker), LCC ’74​, Szoke have been in ministry since graduating from Lincoln Christian College. Ministry paths have taken them to Nebraska and then to Chicagoland, where they’ve been since 1976, serving in 4 churches and various capacities.

Lorraine focused her education from Lincoln as a leader in the banking industry becoming a Vice President and Branch Manager. All the while, her passion for music and worship has been the dominant theme of her life. Whether it was teaching piano students, directing choirs, leading and singing in ensemble groups, organizing the worship time, playing piano duets, or speaking at ladies’ events, her passion has been to lead others in worship. Lorraine also has a passion for women’s ministry and small group leadership as well as sharing in the preaching ministry at Impact. She loves teaching the youth group, grades 1-5.

Bob has been heavily involved in ministry at all levels. Nine years ago, he left a position as Director of Development with Ignite Church Planting (Chicago District Evangelistic Association) to assume the lead role as church planter with Impact Christian Church. Impact originally was started by their son, Steve, who had a passion for lost people, and loved professional wrestling. When Impact first opened its doors, the church focused on reaching out to guys who were tough, had somewhat of a dislike for the church, and would only come to church because of Steve’s influence.  Sadly, Steve unknowingly had Stage 4 colorectal cancer when Impact started, and within the first year of Impact’s ministry, succumbed to cancer. Bob currently leads the staff of three other part time ministers, all whom are LCU grads:  Timothy K. Saco, LCU ’10, Ruth Grove Maynard, LCC ’01, and Jonathan D. Spencer, LCC’02.

Today, Impact is a strong church in an urbanized community. Impact went through a variety of changes, with the most recent occurring five years ago when Impact was gifted the Merrillville Christian Church campus. The dynamic of the Impact ministry changed. Bob and Lorraine became more involved in the local neighborhood, and ministries began to develop such as weekly bread distribution, hosting Pantry on the Go, and accommodating the summer feeding program offered through the Merrillville School Corporation. Impact became more of a neighborhood church than ever before. Currently, every Monday evening about 40-60 neighborhood children gather for youth group. The evening includes a meal, play time, games, and lessons from Scripture.

Ministry is all Bob and Lorraine have known for their almost 44 years of marriage. In addition to Steve, Bob and Lorraine have a daughter, Sarah, who graduated from LCC in ’01, and is married to Brian P. Lowery, LCC ’00, LCS ’05. Brian and Sarah are ministering in Florida.

Impact Christian ChurchThe Impact Christian Church story is the story of God’s great provision. Bob carefully says it’s as if God said, “’What would you do if you knew money was no object to fear?”  God has provided funding for the Back to School Block party with this year’s program giving away 600 backpacks full of school supplies and socks/underwear for 400 students. For the 2017 program, 1800-2000 people were on the Impact campus in one afternoon.  Other outreach programs include the annual Meijer Gift Card program where needy families are given Meijer cards to buy either food or Christmas presents for their children. God most recently gave Impact a piece of property, as we had prayed, free and clear, which is useful in the Monday youth programs.  Some of the other highlights of the Impact ministry include assisting other churches with summer neighborhood events, a key participant in the National Night Out, our own Angel Tree program, and sending 50 children to church camp at Lake Region Christian Assembly this summer. Impact is the recipient of Thanksgiving Food baskets from three different sources, distributing 104 food baskets in 2016.  In October, Impact hosted a Meal Packing Event, sponsored by LifeLine Christian Mission packing 12,000 meals, as well as hosting the annual Trunk or Treat for about 600 of the children and parents in our neighborhood.

There is so much more to share.  The Merrillville City Council Chairman called Impact a “sermon” being lived out as the ministry gives to the community.  Impact’s mission is to love God, love people, and multiply.  That’s what we are about. For more information, contact Bob Szoke at 219.775.3334, or Lorraine Szoke at 219.776.4412,

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Alumni Spotlight: Mark Fishel Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:00:55 +0000 Mark Fishel, LCC ’91, LCS ’08 has been an overseas missionary for 16 years.  He first served in Szeged, Hungary with a local church, then in Prague, Czech Republic with a college ministry.  For the past nine years he has served in Cambodia.

Missions was the farthest thing from Mark’s mind when he entered LCC in the fall of 1986.  He remembers telling a classmate, “I cannot ever imagine living in another country and learning another language and culture.  I just could not do it. I could never be a missionary.”  Mark readily admits that this is still the case today.  “If God did not equip me, empower me, and sustain me, I could never do the work I do.”

Mark FishelMark lives in Phnom Penh, which is the capitol city of Cambodia.  His ministry focus is in three areas.  First, he co-leads a local church with a Cambodian preacher.  He helped plant this church in 2016.  It will celebrate its two year anniversary in January 2018.  The church is located in the city where he resides.  Second, Mark serves with a fellowship of churches called Kampuchea Christian Community, a group of independent churches that come together for teaching and fellowship.  The church he helped plant is also part of this fellowship of churches.  He serves as an advisor for this group and helps teach continuing education seminars for the ministers and lay-leaders in these congregations.  Third, Mark is working with local churches to help them be more self-sustaining as congregations.   Most churches in Cambodia are very poor and rely heavily on foreign funds to operate.  He is helping them to find small business ventures to fund the ministries of the local churches.

If you would like to find out more about Mark’s ministry in Cambodia or would like to receive his email updates, you can contact him at

His sending agency is Ripe for Harvest World Outreach

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Will, LCU ’13-’16, and Sarah (Laughlin), LCU ’11, Sphar Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:49:26 +0000 Will, LCU ’13-’16, and Sarah (Laughlin), LCU ’11, Sphar celebrated the birth of their first child, a little girl, on August 12, 2017.  Rilee Lynn weighed 7 lbs 14 oz, and was 19” long.

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Larry D. (Bwana) Doggett, LBI ’58, LCS ’90 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:59:30 +0000 Larry D. (Bwana) Doggett, LBI ’58, LCS ’90, passed away on September 4, 2017.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, their four children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and several other family members.  Larry was a spiritual father as well as a good friend to many. He and his wife spent decades loving, supporting, and giving to others for the advancement of Jesus’ kingdom.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lance Hurley Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:47 +0000 Lance Hurley, LCC ’81, is the Executive Director of Ignite Church Planting: Chicagoland.

Lance graduated from Lincoln Christian College in 1981 and was hired as a church planter for a new work in Manteno, IL.  After serving 19 years as the senior pastor of the Christian Church of Manteno, Lance began working with Ignite (formerly the Chicago District Evangelistic Association).  Since 2001, Ignite has started 31 churches across Chicagoland reaching over 5,000 people weekly.  Currently, plans are being made to launch 70 churches in the region by 2027.

Lance HurleyThrough Ignite, Lance has introduced a cooperative church planting effort in the state called Mobilize Illinois.  This effort, in partnership with the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) and several other church planting organizations, has the goal of uniting the 500+ churches from our tribe together toward the common purpose of starting churches.  The goal of this effort will be to start 4 churches in Illinois and a series of churches in 4 regions across the world.  You can learn more about Mobilize Illinois and watch the introductory video at

Lance lives in Bourbonnais, IL with his wife Darla (LCC ‘82).  They have three sons, one daughter in law and two grandchildren.

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Jordan Schultz, LCS ’16 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:28:51 +0000 Jordan Schultz, LCS ’16, accepted a new call in August, 2017 to serve as Lead Pastor of First Christian Church in Monmouth, IL.

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Philip L. Rogers, LCC ’79, LCS ’84 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:59:23 +0000 Philip L. Rogers, LCC ’79, LCS ’84, passed away on August 22, 2017 in his home after a long struggle with Huntington’s disease.

Phil served as youth minister at Fisher Church of Christ, and was the preaching minister at Hoopston Church of Christ in Danville, IL for nine years. He and his family answered the call to work with African Christian Mission, serving in Zaire and later in Mali, from 1988-1998. Phil’s diagnosis of Huntington’s disease brought them back to the states, where Phil continued to preach in supporting churches as long as he was physically able. Once travel became too difficult he served as an elder, small group leader, and faithful front-door greeter at Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln, IL.  Phil was an avid Cubs fan, and his family was thankful he got to witness their World Series win in 2016.  Phil is survived by his wife of 36 years, Angela (Wilson), LCC ’83, two daughters, Michelle and Rebecca, a son, Moses, two brothers, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

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Textbooks for Fall 2017 (FA17) Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:42:50 +0000 Students—

Here are the textbooks you’ll need for Mr. Gowin’s classes for Fall 2017.

Required titles are in bold.

Recommended (but optional) titles are in italics.

AD 292 00 – Business Communication

  • Everybody Writes, Ann Handley (Amazon)
  • Presentation Zen, 2e, Garr Reynolds (Amazon)

AD 292 NET – Business Communication

  • Everybody Writes, Ann Handley (Amazon)
  • Presentation Zen, 2e, Garr Reynolds (Amazon)

AD 355 NET – Accounting and Finance

  • Coming soon

AD 373 oo – Marketing I

  • Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath (Amazon)
  • Duct Tape Marketing, Rev. ed., John Jantsch (Amazon)

AD 487 IS – Project Management

  • Coming soon
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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Pabarcus Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:00:24 +0000 Mike Pabarcus, LCS ’79, retired from a long-time teaching ministry at St. Louis Christian College to serve Christ by promoting the church planting ministry of Mission to Russia.  Here is his story . . .

The Lord is a God of surprises.  Little did I know when LCS alumnus, Stacy Garner, invited me to accompany him on a mission trip in June 2001 that God was beginning a process that would eventually change my life.  That trip was to Lithuania, the land of my ancestors, and in many ways I viewed it as a one-time pilgrimage to honor my grandparents.  God had other plans.

Mike Pabarcus MTRThree years later, my good friend, Curt Eyman, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse when the Mid Rivers Christian Church offered to send me to Russia to teach in the Kostroma and Gus-Hrustalniy Christian Churches.  During that trip, I saw first-hand the need for evangelical churches in that vast country.  I also saw what God can do when his people step out in faith to serve him in Russia.  That initial trip was succeeded by several other teaching trips to Russia and by increasing involvement with Mission to Russia, the ministry which helped to plant the church in Kostroma, Russia.

Still, my primary ministry focus was on Christian higher education and on assisting churches in urban America.  I thank God that I was able to serve in the classroom for almost 40 years, and I appreciate the preparation that I received at LCS for that ministry.  However, as I approached retirement from my teaching ministry and considered how I could make my life count for Christ in a new season of life, the process which God began sixteen years ago bore fruit.  I concluded that the best way that I could serve Christ in my retirement years was by assisting in the multiplication of churches among Russian speaking peoples.

Mission to Russia LogoThis summer I began a half-time ministry as the Ministry Director for Mission to Russia.  The Board of Directors of MTR, led by Dr. Eddy Sanders, another LCS alumnus, possesses a bold vision for church planting in Eastern Europe.  Partnering with the Kostroma Christian Church, the Light of Truth Church in Minsk, Belarus, and the Unity Association of Christian Churches in Russia, Mission to Russia seeks to assist in planting seven new churches among Russian speaking peoples by 2020. MTR is currently working with new churches in Mogilev and Gomel, Belarus.  Another new church in Kostroma is in the planning stages.  Other new churches are being planned in cities such as Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.  I look forward to a new ministry in administering and promoting the work of this church planting ministry.


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The Vine Conference 2018 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:21:55 +0000 Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is pleased to announce the Vine Conference 2018, to be held April 6-7, 2018 on the campus of LCU.

The purpose of The Vine Conference is to challenge and equip high school students through worship experiences, youth group discussion times, and break-out sessions. Our hope through this experience is that students will leave with a new or re-energized focus on their faith and a desire to impact the Kingdom of God.

Students will experience worship through song by some of the best worship leaders on the campus of LCU, challenging messages, break-out sessions led by professors and students, and an overall great opportunity to build relationships with each other through games and activities.

The theme and direction for the Vine 2018 will be developed by a group of LCU students and staff this fall as they plan for the event.

The weekend is also a great opportunity for high schoolers to get a taste of college life through staying in the dorms, interacting with current LCU students, and spending time with some LCU professors who will be leading various breakout sessions.

The main session messages will be brought by Rob Maupin, Missions Pastor at Compass Church in Colleyville, Texas. Musical worship will be led by Parker Radecki and a team of talented LCU students.

LCU welcomes youth groups and individual registers.

Registration will open January 8th. Prices are as follows:

Early Bird: $35 per person if registered by March 12

Regular: $50 per person if March 13 and later

Space in the dorms is first come, first served so be sure to register ASAP!

Call 217-732-3168, ext. 2242, or email with any questions.

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