Lincoln Christian University Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:27:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Higher Learning Commission call for comment Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:27:46 +0000 NOTICE:

Lincoln Christian University is seeking comments from the public about LCU in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.  LCU will host a visit on February 10-11, 2020, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission.  LCU has been accredited by the Commission since 1991. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding LCU to:

Third Party Comment on Lincoln Christian University
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at:

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.  Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by December 10.   HLC cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered.

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Dr. Silas McCormick Selected as 8th President Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:22:56 +0000 The Lincoln Christian University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Dr. Silas L. McCormick as the 8th President of the University. He will take office on June 1, 2020, and will succeed Dr.Don Green, who has served as President since 2014.

McCormick has served the University as Executive Vice President since June 2018. Prior to that time he served as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing as well as twice serving as the University’s Chief Academic Officer.

McCormick has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education across a wide variety of institutions and organizations including the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, Southern Illinois University, Millikin University, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He is also a licensed attorney and an ordained minister.

McCormick received his Bachelor of Arts (Christian Education) from Lincoln Christian University; his Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy (Higher Education Administration) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor (Law) from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. He has also completed coursework at Lincoln Christian Seminary as well as Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee.

A succession team made up of Trustees, Faculty, and Staff, was drawn not only to McCormick’s experience, but also his passion for its future. “I am often struck” McCormick says, “by what seems to be growing skepticism outside the church and growing superficiality within. The next generation of Christian leaders must not only be biblically and theologically grounded, but also committed to justice, kindness, and humble service. I can’t think of anyone better positioned than LCU to provide this kind of holistic education, nor a time it was any more
needed than today.”

McCormick, his wife Anna, and their two children live in Sherman, Illinois, and attend Lakeside Christian Church in Springfield.

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Live2Lead 2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 14:51:20 +0000


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2019 Midwest Ministers’ Retreat & Summit Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:20:56 +0000 ]]> 0 Alumni Spotlight: Scott and Connie Payne Sun, 01 Sep 2019 13:00:02 +0000 Celebrating 35 Years of New Beginnings

On August 26, 1984, Inner City Mission housed its first homeless person. Now, three-and-a-half decades later, they are celebrating. For 35 years, Inner City Mission has provided shelter, sustenance, training, and Christian counseling to homeless children, their parents, and single women in Springfield, Illinois. Their aim is to always offer a safe and loving environment that promotes the mental and spiritual renewal of every person in their care.

“Our motto is, helping the homeless find their way Home,” Scott Payne, the executive director of ICM, says. “The Home I’m referring to is Heaven, of course, but it begins right now in the form of lasting joy and peace through God, Jesus, and godly people. Those life-giving relationships,” he explains, “are the missing resources needed for long- term stability in society.”

For 35 years, the Spirit of God has worked through churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals to help Inner City Mission care for thou­sands of homeless children, their parents, and single women. As a result, countless seeds were planted, thousands of lives were affected, and a precious remnant of people have found their way Home. What a testament to the power of God’s love! A power that truly expands His kingdom.

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Registration is OPEN! The Forge Conference 2019 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:04:37 +0000 Registration is OPEN for The Forge Conference 2019 at Lincoln Christian University. LCU’s fourth annual junior high overnighter will be held October 25-26 on campus. 

The purpose of The Forge Conference is to create opportunities for Jr. High students to make their faith their own. Instead of relying on their parents’ or youth pastor’s faith, our aim is to encourage and equip them to create their own personal relationship with God and jump-start their desire to seek Jesus Christ in all aspects of their lives.

There is no registration deadline, but space is limited to the first 250 who sign up, so talk to your youth groups soon! Register by October 14 to make sure your students get a t-shirt. 

Cost for the whole weekend is just $25 per student. Youth leaders are free.

You can register and find more details HERE

Please email or call 217-732-3168 ext 2356 with any questions. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Gretchen Holley Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:00:23 +0000 Gretchen (Trippel) Holley, LCC, Dec ’81, has served in ministry alongside her husband Bill (LCC ’81, LCU ’13) since 1982. They have raised six children, Aaryn, Kiersten (LCU ’11), Samantha (LCU ’13), Jenai, Joshua and Karis, while serving in a variety of ministries, including youth, chaplaincy, church planting and preaching. They are currently in transition from Cedar Rapids, IA to Creve Coeur, IL where Bill is the new preacher.

For several years leading into 2018, Gretchen started considering her “What’s Next?” Her 20+ years of homeschooling their children came to a close as she battled and overcame breast cancer. The youngest would soon be graduating high school. The end of Gretchen’s sixth decade was drawing closer. Then she read Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper and she sought out ways to minister to meet a need in their community outside the church walls. She considered a variety of volunteer opportunities, but nothing seemed to “flip her switch.”

Gretchen Holley

On the morning of February 12, 2018, Gretchen’s question of “What’s next?” was answered. Being a Mike Rowe fan, (Dirty Jobs, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, S.W.E.A.T Pledge), she watched the newest episode of his Returning the Favor series on Facebook Watch. The “bloody do-gooders” being highlighted that day were being recognized for building and delivering beds for kids who do not have one of their own due to circumstances outside their control. At the end of the 26-minute episode, she knew she had to get involved. She had Bill and the children watch and asked them what they thought. Each one agreed that this was what she should do. Within six weeks Gretchen was in Twin Falls, Idaho to train to be a chapter president with Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

“NO Kid sleeps on the floor in our town” is the motto of Sleep in Heavenly Peace and our goal is that our town is everyone’s town. We are a volunteer driven, donation-based organization that provides beds for children ages 3-17 who are sleeping on the floor, couch, air mattress, or shared mattress with siblings or a parent because they do not have a bed of their own. We hold “Build days” at which volunteers from the community come together to measure, cut, sand, assemble, stain and brand the parts of a wooden bunk bed. Then volunteers deliver and assemble those pieces along with a new mattress, and new bedding including, sheets, a mattress pad, comforter and a pillow to children in need.

Since the establishment of the Cedar Rapids-Marion chapter in April of 2018, we have built over 320 beds and delivered about 250 of them to kids in need in Linn County and still have an ever-growing waiting list of 120 requests. The circumstances and family stories vary, but the response of the children as they receive their bed is identical…. Huge smiles and gratitude.

If you would be interested in making sure NO kid sleeps on the floor in your town, go to for more information or feel free to contact Gretchen at

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Charles M. Embree, LBI ’58, LCS ’67 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:59:38 +0000 Charles M. Embree, LBI ’58, LCS ’67, passed away on July 17, 2019, at Glendale Gardens, MO.

Charles was a retired Christian church minister. He was very active in his community, serving on many boards. Surviving are his wife, Joyce, three sons, two sisters, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren

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2019 Internship and Service Fair Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:59:03 +0000 Tuesday, September 17, 1-4 p.m.

Laughlin Center

Lincoln Christian University (LCU) believes that practical experience is an integral part of our students’ training for ministry. For that reason, we host an Internship Fair every year as a way to connect students with organizations that have or will soon have available ministry opportunities. The Laughlin Center provides plenty of room for representatives and students to connect. More than 30 churches and organizations from all over the country and world attend this annual event.

These churches and organizations (para-church and non-church) set up displays, provide information on their internship and service opportunities, and some provide fun, free gifts for the students. Displays may range from simple handouts about the church or organization placed on a table to Power Point or video presentations, or games and activities which get the students involved.

To register for the Internship Fair, please complete our online Internship Fair Registration form below. For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Academics Dean’s Office or email

Click here for more information about Service Learning.

Internship and Service Fair Registration

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Eugene “Gene” K. Whitten, LCC ’03 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:27:35 +0000 Eugene “Gene” K. Whitten, LCC ’03, graduated May 18, 2019 from Huntington University with an MA in Mental Health and Addiction Counseling. He has a practice in Avon, Indiana. at Gateway Services, where his main focus is helping men who are struggling with sexual addictions find freedom.

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