Lincoln Christian University Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:06:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alumni Spotlight: Michael and Megan (Wolfe) Barton Fri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:09 +0000 Michael, LCS ’06, and Megan (Wolfe), LCC ’07, Barton serve on a team of missionaries and nationals with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) in Tanzania.

The East Africa Branch of PBT is currently involved in serving 18 of Tanzania’s 127 languages through translating the Bible and with their ministry partners they have finished 10 New Testaments. Michael currently serves as the translation facilitator for the Vidunda language. Megan serves as the translation facilitator for the Kwere language and has helped several language groups develop their alphabets (these languages haven’t been written down before). Michael and Megan currently reside in Morogoro, Tanzania with their daughters Abigail, Evelyn, and Grace.

Michael and Megan Barton group photoMichael and Megan have also been part of gathering extra-Biblical resources like writing introductions for each book of the Bible or gathering free illustrations (thanks to Jonathan McDaniel) which can be placed in the Bible to help explain unknown or foreign concepts.

Michael grew up in Angola, Indiana. Out of high school he attended Kentucky Christian University for preaching. There he heard about Bible translation for the first time and that there are millions of people on earth without access to the Bible in a language they understand. Then he attended Lincoln Christian Seminary and the Graduate Applied Institute of Linguistics to prepare for Bible translation.

Outside of ministry Michael enjoys a good cup of coffee and tinkering with electronics. If you need someone to build a desktop computer for you, Michael would do it for FREE.

Megan Barton and groupMegan grew up in Pawnee, Illinois. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a missionary. Out of high school she attended Lincoln Christian University for missions. There she discovered that Bible translation was a great match up for her love and gifting of language and grammar. Then she attended the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics to prepare for Bible translation.

Megan loves linguistics and print books. She loves paper books, but uses a Kindle Paperwhite because it’s the only efficient way to get books across the ocean. She’s also into quilting.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this ministry. It’s never a bother to answer your questions.

You can also check out our web page at

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Amanda M. (Hilscher) Bergdorf, LCU ’10 Wed, 23 May 2018 16:38:50 +0000 Amanda M. (Hilscher) Bergdorf, LCU ’10, joined Hanson Professional Services, Inc.’s Springfield headquarters, supporting human resources functions.

She is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University’s Springfield campus. Amanda is a member of several resource and leadership organizations. She was named to the Springfield Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list in 2017.

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Harry K., LBI ’54, and Lila L. (Pierce), LBI ’52-’53, Orn Wed, 23 May 2018 16:36:15 +0000 Harry K., LBI ’54, and Lila L. (Pierce), LBI ’52-’53, Orncelebrated their 65th wedding anniversary February 1, 2018, at a dinner party with friends. They reside in Sun City, AZ.

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Gary W. Edwards, LCC ’64 Wed, 23 May 2018 16:34:49 +0000 Gary W. Edwards, LCC ’64, has written and published a book entitled Miracle on 14th Street and The Man Who Walks By Faith.

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A. Paul Benjamin, LBI ’51 Tue, 22 May 2018 04:59:27 +0000 A. Paul Benjamin, LBI ’51, went to his heavenly home on May 21, 2018.

He was a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul never met a stranger and enjoyed passing out Ghirardelli chocolates to everyone he came in contact with. He loved a good joke and had a memorable laugh. Paul was a writer, he loved writing short stories, and published 24 books in his lifetime. He was the president of the National Church Growth Research Center. One of his greatest passions was to encourage hurting and discouraged ministers and their families. Paul is survived  by his son, Andrew Paul (Martha) Benjamin, LCC ’77, daughter, Lititia Jane Benjamin, LCC ’97, granddaughter, Rachel M. Edwards, and two sisters, Lois McCarter and Ruth Ann Hieronymus, LBI ’52-’54. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Lois Jane Benjamin, LBI ’49-’51.

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Jill Dicken Selected as Dean of Student Services Tue, 15 May 2018 21:14:15 +0000 Lincoln Christian University is pleased to announce the selection of Jill M. Dicken as Dean of Student Services.

Jill is a 2000 graduate (BA) of LCU and additionally completed a Certificate in Legal Studies from Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD) in 2005.

Jill is a two-time, two-campus, veteran of LCU, serving in the Student Services and Admissions office at Lincoln Christian College, East Coast, from 1998 – 2001, and in the Student Services office at our main campus from 2001 – 2004. Since 2004, Jill has provided administrative support to an international life insurance company (three years), as well as paraprofessional support to two law firms (eleven years).

In recent years, Jill has been a frequent mentor to LCU students serving as a Spiritual Formation Group leader, and regularly cheering on our student athletes alongside her family including husband, Dr. Frank Dicken (Assistant Professor of New Testament), and father, Dr. Chuck Sackett (Professor of Preaching). Jill said of this role, “This opportunity for service to students speaks to one of my deep passions in ministry—helping students grow and live up to their spiritual and leadership potential. While I understand that this role brings challenges, it also brings an opportunity to serve, encourage, and engage with students as they prepare to make an impact in their world.”

Says President Don Green, “I was apprehensive about finding a candidate who could navigate the areas of student mentoring and formation as well as compliance while also holding a deep appreciation for who and what Lincoln is. I can’t think of anyone who is better prepared to help our students succeed than Jill, and it turns out she was right here the whole time.”

Jill will begin her service with LCU effective June 4.

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Robert “Bob” Otken, LCC ’69 Sat, 12 May 2018 04:59:33 +0000 Robert “Bob” Otken, LCC ’69, was called home to his Savior on May 11, 2018.

Bob earned a music degree at LCC, and graduated from Memorial School of Nursing. He was a veteran of the US Army. Bob loved to garden, sing, and play the piano and organ. He loved the Lord and served him faithfully at First Christian Church in Jacksonville and West Side Christian Church in Springfield. Bob is survived by his wife Elizabeth, a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother.

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73rd Commencement: May 5, 2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 19:55:19 +0000 Lincoln Christian University
73rd Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Earl C Hargrove Chapel
10 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement
1 p.m. Seminary/Graduate Commencement

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Greg Pruett
President of Pioneer Bible Translators, Dallas, TX

Get Directions or click here for more information and to watch the Livestream

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Alumni Spotlight: Tyler Nobis Tue, 01 May 2018 13:00:57 +0000 Tyler Nobis, LCC ‘07, works with Sojourn Collegiate Ministry in Providence, RI.

Several years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Truman State University, I sat in my dorm room thinking of different ways to invite my fraternity brothers, who were far from God, to the campus ministry I was a part of.

Anytime I asked, they were never interested because to them the campus ministry was a place for students who had it together and were pursuing faith. That categorized none of my friends at the current time. I still remembering thinking of what a ministry to reach those kinds of students would look like. That semester I hit a point in my faith of wrestling with doubts and why certain things happen. My fraternity brothers and I started a group where we discussed our doubts, struggles and where faith fit into these issues, if at all. This ragtag group of atheists, wanderers, and misguided college students changed me. This is what college ministry was supposed to look like. It wasn’t about who showed up to church that week or who could quote the most Bible verses. These intimate moments were filled with honesty, confession, and thought provoking questions. The next semester I transferred to Lincoln Christian College to be trained to doing this full time.

After college, I looked at a map and searched for which area had the most colleges and was the least reached by our churches today. It was clear that I needed to head to New England, where they say 98% of college students aren’t connected to any kind of Christian community. I teamed up with Sojourn Collegiate Ministry, a campus ministry already started in Boston who were trying to do the exact same thing. I recruited a team to plant just 50 miles south of Boston in Providence, RI. I wish I could say my dream was quickly fulfilled that first year, or even the first couple of years, but we struggled to even find students ready for such an idea. College students in New England didn’t trust people well and definitely weren’t interested in being challenged by someone they didn’t know. For the first year all I got to do was show up day after day and build trust. We put on weekly volleyball games, spent numerous hours playing corn hole outside the dorms, and drank countless cups of coffee at Dunkin Donuts meeting college students. It wasn’t small groups or faith conversations that got students into the door of our ministry. It was our serving opportunities, our fun gatherings that built community, and our late night runs to Taco Bell that built trust. We quickly realized having fun and serving people is just as spiritual as opening the Bible and worked well to get students to open up about faith and the doubts they had.

Four years, twenty-five Baptisms, and three Rhode Island campus plants later, we are now finishing up one of the best years we’ve ever had. We recently started a group at a small Catholic school here in Rhode Island. The first night we met we had six students. For the rest of that first semester we didn’t have a single night where someone new didn’t show up. Six turned into eight, then twelve, which turned into seventeen people. By the end of the semester we had 37 students attending our small group. This group now is running over 60 students weekly within three groups. The crazy part is that students who have been Christians for only a few months are baptizing their friends, they are getting involved in the local church, which is foreign to their family back home, and their lives are being radically changed because of a simple idea of loving people where they are. My favorite stories are the students that are now witnessing to their parents because of what they have experienced through this group. We have had more baptisms this year than the previous five years combined.

God is moving on the college campuses here in New England. This will be the generation that leads the Church forward in the coming years. They are idealistic, passionate, and full of curiosity. If you want to have more information, are interested in being an intern, or want to donate to this mission you can do so at

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Dan Pink Visits LCU Business Administration Students on Skype Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:10:43 +0000 Daniel Pink, Author Portrait - ©Rebecca Emily Drobis

Dan Pink, bestselling author and top-rated TED speaker, spent an hour chatting with LCU business administration students via Skype last Thursday. This is the third time Dan has visited with LCU students.

Students in Michael Gowin’s AD101 Introduction to Business read Dan’s A Whole New Mind and The Adventures of Johnny Bunko as texts. Additionally, students in AD374 Marketing II read To Sell Is Human. Professor Gowin scheduled the Skype session so the students could ask questions about what they’d read and have a chance to learn from the popular business author and speaker.

The session was recorded on YouTube—you can view it here or with the player below.

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