Lincoln Christian University Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:57:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jana Troutman-Miller, LCS ’00 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:21:38 +0000 Jana Troutman-Miller, LCS ’00, has recently been appointed as Chair of the Commission on Certification for Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

She has served as a professional chaplain for 15 years.  She has been on many different committees and taskforces in the APC, as well as being APC Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee and on the board of directors for three years.  She is currently an Episcopal priest and chaplain at Saint John’s On the Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, WI.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chris and Lori Urton Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:00:01 +0000 Chris (LCC ’94, LCS ’94-’95) and Lori (LCC ’94-’95) Urton joined Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) in 1993. PBT’s vision is “Transformed lives through God’s Word in every language.”

In 1998 Chris and Lori Urton and their two children, Stephanie (LCC ’03) and Ryne (LCC ’06-’07), left the USA for Papua New Guinea (PNG) and worked in a support role for other translation teams for 15 months. Upon their return to PNG in 2000, Chris conducted two socio-linguistic surveys. The second survey was of the Sob language group. On October 17, 2001, they allocated among the Sob people in the village of Igoi.

Celebrating the coming of the book of Jonah into the Sob language group

They then began learning and analyzing the Sob language. In 2007 the book of Jonah was published and became the first scripture in the Sob language. And in 2015, the book of Luke was published. The book of Luke is also available in audio. The books of Acts, Philippians, James, Titus, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude are in various stages of the checking process.

In 2012 Lori had to return to the USA for medical reasons. They currently reside in Bloomington, IL and Chris makes three trips a year to PNG. Chris also works as a consultant for other languages in PNG to move their programs along in bringing God’s Word to the bibleless. Chris has also taken on the task of writing translation notes in Tok Pisin (the trade language of PNG) for use in THiPP (Translation Helps in PNG Pidgin) that will be used by numerous language groups in PNG.

Chris is conducting the consultant check for the Waran language group

For giving to the ministry, please visit:

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Ryne, LCC ’06-’07 and Rachel Urton Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:59:43 +0000 Ryne B., LCC ’06-’07, and Rachel (Womack) Urton welcomed their first child, a little girl, on December 22, 2016.  Blake Noelle was born at 10:03 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19” long. ]]> 0 Donald L. Gibbs Jr., LCC ’86 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:00:00 +0000 Donald L. Gibbs Jr., LCC ’86, passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2016. 

David was a devoted father to daughter Katie L. Gibbs, LCC ’02-’08, and son Joshua Gibbs.  They survive, along with their mother, Marta Gibbs.  A memorial gathering and Celebration of Life was held on December 21, 2016 at RiverGlen Church in Waukesha, WI.  Don was faithful to Christ, his church, and his family.  He loved life and making people laugh.  He was an avid fan of all Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Packers.

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David R. Schultz, LCC ’75 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:00:23 +0000 David R. Schultz, LCC ’75, was named editor of the Bluffton News-Banner, the daily newspaper for Wells County, Indiana on November 18, 2016. 

He has been with the News-Banner since 2008.  His wife, Susan C. (Shelt), LCC ’72-‘74, has Parkinson’s disease and is active in the Rock Steady boxing program for Parkinson’s patients.

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Get a Jump on Your College Education. Enroll in LEAP! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:19:20 +0000 Lincoln Christian University’s Dual Enrollment Program (LEAP) is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to get a practical and affordable jump on their college education.

Through the LEAP dual enrollment program, students have the opportunity to enroll and receive credit for college courses while still in high school at a discounted rate. The best time to sign up for the Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 enrollment terms is right now!

Ryder Mills is a senior Intercultural Studies major at LCU. He participated in the LEAP program while still a student at Lincoln Community High School.

“The LEAP program made the transition from high school to college academics easier while making the most of my time in high school,” Ryder said. “I would recommend the LEAP program to any high school student planning on attending college.”

LEAP program applicants must be enrolled in high school as a junior or senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program. LEAP students earn college credits upon completion of the course.

Abbie Ramsey is a freshman at LCU, and got her start in LEAP as well.

“LEAP has helped me grow in learning more about the Creator, and been an awesome way for me to get a head start in my college education and to see how things work in a real college setting” she said.

Accepted students can take LEAP courses at a discounted rate of $99 a credit hour, which represents a savings of over $1,200 for a typical college course.

“I feel as though having this opportunity helped me be calmer when I actually began full-time college at LCU,” Ramsey said. “I suggest that high school students consider signing up for the LEAP program. It is definitely a fantastic experience that I am incredibly blessed by and will cherish for a long time.”

Tuition for LEAP students must be paid in full before the start of classes.

For more information or to begin the application process, visit, email, or call (217) 732-3168.


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Robert Fitzsimmons, LCC ’96 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:00:30 +0000 Robert “Bob” Fitzsimmons, LCC ’96, recently completed 10 years with the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Manchester Christian Church in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

He has been instrumental in the start-up of several Celebrate Recovery ministries throughout the state.  He was recently appointed to the State Representative position for New Hampshire. Bob and his wife, Angela (Angie) Siemers, LCC ’97, reside in Londonderry, NH. 

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Registration is OPEN! The Vine Conference 2017 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:22 +0000 Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for The Vine Conference 2017, to be held March 31-April 1, 2017 on the campus of LCU.

This year, The Vine is going back to its “Roots.” Students will learn about what it means to be connected to the True Vine, Jesus Christ. As we focus on our identity in Christ, we also want to provide an opportunity for your entire youth group to become more connected than ever before. Students will leave Saturday feeling united with each other, and ready to produce fruit for the Kingdom.

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 Mike Baker, Senior Pastor at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL. Worship will be led by Parker Radecki and a team of talented LCU students.

LCU welcomes youth groups and individual registers.


Early Bird: $35 per person if registered by March 14

Regular: $50 per person if March 15 and later

Registration is free for every youth leader and sponsor.

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

Call 888.522.5228, ext. 2356, or email with any questions.


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Alumni Spotlight: Vicki Drummond and Debbie Klahn Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:53 +0000 Vicki Drummond
Vicki working on a prayer calendar

The birth of the mission IN HIS SIGN (IHS) began while Debbie Klahn (LCC ’74, LCS ’95) and Vicki Drummond (LCC ’75, LCS ’95) were students at Lincoln Christian College.  In the early years IHS helped several churches begin and maintain Deaf Ministries.

From 1982-2009 IHS worked along side Deaf Missions (Council Bluffs, IA).  In 2010 till present IHS works along side of Deaf Child Hope (Papillion, NE).

IHS has worked with several churches and colleges in the US (including LCU).  In the past twenty years the mission has also worked with Deaf Ministries in 22 different countries, including living in Kiev, Ukraine for all of 1997.

Debbie Klahn and Annie Klemm
Debbie (left) and Annie praying for deaf people around the world

Since 2014 our shift in ministry has gone from personally conducting missions trips to leading the Prayer Focus, mentoring new mission teams, and research on various areas of Deafness around the world.  In 2014 the office for IHS has moved in South Central Florida.  We have gained a third person in the ministry, Annie Klemm.

In His Sign )IHS)
In His Sign’s new logo

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Jerome A. Hayward, LCC ’95-’96, LCS ’08 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:59:26 +0000 Jerome A. “Jerry” Hayward, LCC ’95-’96, LCS ’08, was called home, along with his wife, Kathleen, on November 29, 2016, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. 

Jerry was a minister of God and a member of St. John’s Reformed Church in Hollidaysburg, PA.  He enjoyed helping the community, running races, and spending time with his dog, Sadie.  At the request of the family the visitation and service were private.

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