Lincoln Christian University Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:17:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LCU Announces Early Registration Day April 22 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:32:09 +0000 Lincoln Christian University will be hosting Early Registration Day for first-time, admitted undergraduate students on April 22, 2017.

The day will include advising sessions where students can meet with faculty to discuss the best classes for which to register, a Difference Makers Workshop, and officially enrolling in courses for the fall 2017 semester.

Students who have completed their applications and been admitted will receive a form with options for early registration dates. April 22 is the first, followed by June 12 and July 17.

The schedule details will be sent to those who sign up, but the April 22 Early Registration Day will start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 2 or 2:30 p.m. with an optional campus tour.

Please contact the Enrollment Services office with any questions. Call (217) 732-3168 or email

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Dr. Eleanor Daniel, LCC ’62, LCS ’65, 1940-2017 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:59:38 +0000 United in loss, Lincoln Christian University celebrates the life and service of Dr. Eleanor Daniel who graduated to her heavenly reward on March 2, 2017.


Eleanor served in the field of Christian higher education for more than 40 years, intermingling her academic pursuits with her service as education minister, children’s pastor, youth minister, and minister of adult education in the local church. She has degrees from LCU (BA and MA), the U of I (M.Ed. and Ph.D.), with additional work at Central (OK) University and Christian Theological Seminary.

Her career included teaching and administrative positions at Midwest Christian College, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, College of Mount St. Joseph, Emmanuel School of Religion and TCMI’s Haus Edelweiss. Her teaching career led her to ten foreign countries to teach.  During this time she also served in local church ministries in Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio and Tennessee.

Best known for her 2016 autobiography, Call Me Teacher, Eleanor wrote nearly a dozen books and countless articles for a variety of publications including the Christian Standard, Lookout and Key to Christian Education. Her contributions to Standard Publishing’s Vacation Bible School curriculum at the end of the 20th century surely contributed to its rise to popularity during that period.

In 1999, then Chancellor of Emmanuel Christian Seminary C. Robert Wetzel wrote, “From service in local congregations to teaching and administrating at the college and seminary level and to cross cultural mission service in countries around the world, her achievement is extraordinary.”


LCU Professor of Christian Education James R. Estep, PhD, authored a summary of her life and service for Biola University’s Talbot School of Religion in 2005. In it, he recognized her impact on Christian education students (both men and women) for more than three decades. “At the time she entered the ministry, she was a woman in the field of Christian education in a theological tradition that had not been open to women in ministry.”

President Don Green observed “We will miss this good friend, faithful alumna, pioneer in ministry and defender of the faith, but her legacy lives on. As the apostle John recorded in Revelation 14:13 ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…they will rest from their labor; for their deeds will follow them.’”

Service arrangements:

Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 Windsor Rd, Champaign, IL
Monday, March 6, 2017
Visitation at 1 p.m.
Funeral at 2 p.m.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jan Barczuk Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:55 +0000 Jan Barczuk (LCC ’03, LCS ’06) works with Pioneer Bible Translators and Send Me Ministry to carry out the Great Commission. Here is his story…

Jan Barczuk and George Bajeński
Ringing the Bells with George Bajeński at Ostróda Christian Camp

When I first left Poland in 1985, it was still “behind the Iron Curtain.” I have to admit I did not know anything about Lincoln, IL or LCU. As I was a cofounder of the first Christian fulltime working music band in communist Europe, my dream was to come here to become a better musician and return home to minister better.  My life circumstances however derailed and delayed my plans.  Some time later in 1989, when I was already living in Canada, my good friend George Bajeński, in God’s providence, introduced me to LCC.  Later that year I was able to come to Lincoln to study for two semesters.  In 2000, after already residing in the United States, I went back to Lincoln and graduated with a BA in Music Ministry and later in 2006 with a MA in Worship Studies. I was Ordained to the ministry by Jefferson Street Christian Church (Lincoln, IL) where I worked during my school years.  After graduation I served as Worship Minister for 10 years at Central Christian Church in Rockford, IL.  In 2015 God called me to be part of two mission organizations, Pioneer Bible Translators and Send Me Ministry.  All my schooling and life experiences gave me a good training for this work. So, this is how I now carry out the Great Commission. I have a passion for reaching the unreached and Bible-less for the kingdom and to bring closer to God those who are already saved.

Jan Barczuk
ICOM with Scott Graves and Andrew Bajeński, Lexington KY

Pioneer Bible Translators exists to disciple the Bible-less, mobilizing God’s people to provide enduring access to God’s Word in every language. PBT bridges the gap between the church and the people around the world that do not have a Bible translation in their own heart language. Our organization is composed of Bible translators, literacy workers, evangelists, church planters and a variety of support personnel working to see transformed lives through God’s Word in every language. We are now 425 teammates translating the Bible together for 32 million people speaking 66 languages in 16 countries. God is calling us to expand and my role as European Partnerships Coordinator in the Global Partnership Division is to mobilize the national churches and believers in Europe and Eurasia to participate in God’s mission to transform lives through God’s Word in every language, and to support this mission with prayer, people and funding. Our goal is to find, equip and send out healthy and well prepared new translators from those places. With God’s help we will strive to start 19 new projects by the end of 2018. Pray with us for the right new missionaries to help us accomplish this:

Through Send Me Ministry I reach out to the Jewish people who primarily live in Europe and in Israel. They gave us the Good News, now I strive to introduce Jewish people around the world to our and their Jewish Messiah that they have been blind to recognize for so long as their only savior. I minister to the Holocaust survivors, young people, and kids but also equip Jewish pastors and leaders from Messianic Congregations. Last year we organized eight camps in Poland for people who live in Israel and one conference for 150 Russian speaking Jewish leaders from around the world. The Jewish people need to know Jesus, the Prince of Peace. They need Him in Europe, they need him here in the USA and especially they need Him in the land of Israel. The harvest is plentiful, unfortunately the workers are few. The Jewish people who gave us our Messiah are considered an Unreached Group today! The best gift we can give them is Jesus, our love and our support!

Jan BarczukFor those that know me and wonder if I still play music…? Yes I do! Wherever I go I take one of my instruments with me and try to bless others!

Please, prayerfully consider if I can be your mission arm to the unreached people of this world. Please, continue to pray for PBT, the Jewish Ministry and for my family as well. For information on opportunities to serve or to contribute to my ministry, please visit
My email is
You can also read my previous newsletters at:

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Hannah (Cassedy) Craig, LCU ’14 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:41:45 +0000 Hannah (Cassedy) Craig, LCU ’14, made quite an impression at the US Barista Championship qualifying event in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A barista at Quills Coffee in Louisville, Kentucky, Hannah knew she wanted to work in the coffee industry, but what she underestimated was its potential for ministry.  Asked how the different course has allowed her to make a better world, she said, “I see the fruit of this work and how deeply it connects community and brings people together.”  What an opportunity to bring Jesus to people to where they live!  Follow Hannah’s progress at

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LCU Presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:35:03 +0000 Lincoln Christian University will produce the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical extravaganza “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

March 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

All performances will be held in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel auditorium.

“Joseph” was last presented at LCU in 2008 with the original score.  This current production will be an all new show starting with the UK Mega Mix score, new sets and drops, costumes from Grand Ball Costumes of Charleston, Illinois and choreography by Mario Gurule.
Tickets are available by calling 217-732-3168.

Adults: $10.00    Students (through college): $5.00

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Dovie (Estep) Hacker, LCU ’13 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:09:04 +0000 Dovie (Estep) Hacker, LCU ’13, and her husband Joseph, opened Jo Jo’s Street Quisine in January, 2016 in Springfield, IL

with Chef JoJo Solomon, former Executive Chef at Island Bay Yacht Club.  It won the Downtown Springfield, Inc.’s “Best New Restaurant” award at their annual event January 18, 2017.  The restaurant features street cuisine from around the world.

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Joshua, LCC ’03, LCS ’05, and Krista (Upchurch), LCC ’05, Weber Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:59:38 +0000 Joshua, LCC ’03, LCS ’05, and Krista (Upchurch), LCC ’05, Weber welcomed their third son, Grant William, on February 13, 2017.  Grant weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 22 ½” long.  While his brother Caden (5) is excited, his brother Mason (2) isn’t quite sure about him yet. ]]> 0 Ellie Wakeman, LCC ’06, LCU ’12 Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:12:14 +0000 Bella Gets Rescued, authored by Ellie Wakeman, LCC ’06, LCU ’12, 

and illustrated by Melody Knighton, is a charmingly illustrated children’s book that tells the story of Bella, a lost “scaredy-cat,” who finds herself rescued by “scary” humans that she eventually grows to love. It is a parable of the heavenly Father’s love for the lost. Published by Ambassador International and releasing March 1, 2017, Bella Gets Rescued will be available for $17.99 in hardback at all major retailers.

About the Author: Ellie Wakeman has a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Lincoln Christian University and has spent the past 18 years as teacher and storyteller to children. As Pastor of 2s & 3s ministry she enjoys interacting with families, training & coming alongside new teachers, and writing the preschool curriculum. She is a mother to five, grandma to seven, and wife to one extraordinary man. Her ongoing prayer is for all to come to know the hope, joy, love, and peace Jesus came to bring.

“As a seminary student it was obvious that Ellie was a deep theological thinker and had a heart for ministering with children. In this book she demonstrates her unique ability to make the profound seem simple and the complex become clear.”
Don Green, DMin
President and Professor of Leadership at Lincoln Christian University

“On its surface Bella Gets Rescued is a story of a nameless stray kitten, lost and afraid in the world, who is adopted into a loving caring family. But it is about so much more: God’s unconditional love and adoption that can change us; moving from fear to faith. Children and parents will enjoy and benefit from both the story and its message.”
James Riley Estep Jr., DMin, PhD
Professor of Christian Education at Lincoln Christian University

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Alumni Spotlight: Fred Hansen Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:56 +0000 Fred Hansen (LCC ’97, LCS ’02, ’09) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the TCM International Institute (TCM), Heiligenkreuz, Austria, where he has served for nearly six years.

TCM began as a church planting organization in 1957. In 1961, TCM began offering assistance to churches and pastors behind the Iron Curtain, providing them with food, clothing, Bibles, and other Christian literature. Responding to the changing needs in a post-Soviet environment, TCM transitioned to a ministry training institute in 1991, offering graduate degrees in practical theology to Christian leaders, believing that equipping national leaders is an affordable, practical, and strategic path to carrying out the Great Commission.

Fred Hansen with Students
Fred Hansen with Students

TCM’s offices in the United States are in Indianapolis, Indiana, and its main European campus, Haus Edelweiss, is in Austria. TCM also offers courses at 23 mentoring centers in 15 countries, stretching from Central Europe to the Sea of Japan. There are currently over 1,000 students from more than 40 nations. Many of these students are bi-vocational, earning a living as engineers, teachers, farmers, etc. while carrying out ministry. For a significant number of students, arrests, harassment, and persecution are a part of daily life.

teaching class

Fred teaches courses in Old Testament, New Testament, and biblical languages via hybrid models of online learning and face to face mentoring. He travels throughout Europe and Central Asia for several months each year. His wife Cindy is a public school principal, and they have two children: daughter Madeline and son Parker. Cindy, Madeline, and Parker often serve as volunteers at Haus Edelweiss during the summer and they reside in Rochester, Minnesota.

May 2016 Graduation in Stift Heiligenkreuz, Austria

For information on opportunities to serve or to contribute to the ministry, please visit Fred’s email is

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Focus at Champaign-Urbana Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:17:54 +0000 Focus is a student-led worship service that happens every other Wednesday evening here at Lincoln Christian University.

Over the last 30 years, Focus has become one of our great traditions. Last year we decided to take this tradition on the road by bringing Focus to the Bloomington-Normal community. This year we are coming to Champaign-Urbana – and you are invited!

Focus offers a genuine encounter with Christ where He is preached and worshipped above all else. It is energetic, passionate, and it is often the highlight of many of our students’ time here. Bringing Focus on the road comes from a desire on the part of our students to share this passion with you and your students by worshipping and learning together.

Join us on Sunday evening, April 9th, from 6pm to 8pm at First Christian Church of Champaign for this awesome event. There is no costyou don’t even have to register. If you want more information contact Robert Ebbens.

featuring Charlie Welke

Charlie Welke, young adults pastor at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL, will be speaking.

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