Lincoln Christian University Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:16:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gary Hall Celebration (LCS ’69) Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:15:38 +0000 The LCU community mourns the passing of Dr. Gary H. Hall (LCS ’69), Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. Gary served on the faculty of Lincoln Christian Seminary from 1986 until his retirement in 2012.

Gary earned a Th.M. in New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Union Theological Seminary of Virginia with a dissertation on marriage imagery in Jeremiah supervised by Patrick Miller in 1980. Gary used his education to develop a biblical theology approach to biblical interpretation which, while rare at the time, is today a major trend in biblical studies. Over his 26 year career at LCS (and 14 years before that at Kentucky Christian College), Gary passionately taught the importance of understanding the Old Testament both in order to understand the New Testament and ensure the vitality of the church. Though he did this in the classroom, he also did it in churches and academic conferences across the country. His ministry was varied over the years, and in addition to his academic work, he served in interim preaching ministries, prison ministries, and as an elder at Lincoln Christian Church. Though quiet by nature, when Gary had something to say, people listened, and his plea for the church’s recovery of the Old Testament will continue with his many former students and numerous academic publications including his extensive work on Deuteronomy. Gary is survived by his wife Cheryl (LCC ‘66), daughter Stephanie (LCS ‘15), son Nathan (LCC ‘04), daughter-in-law Megan, and granddaughter Catherine.

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Alumni Spotlight: Anita White Sat, 01 Jun 2019 13:00:17 +0000 Meet Anita J. (Smith) White, LCC ’72, the Alumni Spotlight for June.

 I served in ministry alongside my husband, Dr. Leslie L. White, LCC ’71, LCS ’83, LCS ’88, former trustee ’06-’08, ’08-’13, for 41 years. Six years ago that all changed. Les had developed Early Onset Alzheimer’s and passed away in January 2013, having been diagnosed only 11 months prior. Life and ministry as I had experienced it up to that point changed. I strongly felt that even though Les’s life on earth was over, I was still here, so God still had purposes for me to fulfill. Les’s death had impressed on me that time is truly a gift from God. I didn’t want to waste a single day of the opportunity to live for Christ. I wanted to be open to His leading.

My love and focus had always been working with children and youth. I had shied away from leading women’s ministries. I soon discovered that God was now nudging me in that direction—mentoring women 1:1 in their faith! Within a week of Les’s funeral, Eva, a former teacher colleague of mine, asked if I would do a Bible Study with her. I declined at the time, my mind whirling with the new reality of life without my husband and all the details that it entailed. A month later she asked again, mentioning that she had in the meantime asked another strong Christian to help her learn about the Bible, but she had declined as well. Immediately I accepted, realizing that I could not be the second person to turn away someone sincerely seeking the Lord. Initially I had the attitude that I was doing this for Eva’s benefit, but it is evident to me now that God never intended for the other Christian to accept this assignment; He intended it all along to be for Eva’s and my mutual benefit! It has been six years and we have developed a deep spiritual bond.

Within the next 6 months, my cousin Diana expressed to me her desire to come back to a relationship with Jesus. She lives a distance from me, so we began a long distance Bible Study that has worked beautifully! We each study the week’s lesson individually, then discuss it together over the phone. As cousins we have always been close, but studying and applying God’s word together has taken our relationship to a far deeper level.

Two other 1:1 relationships have also developed. I meet bi-weekly with a 90 year old retired missionary whose husband has passed away. She knew I did 1:1 studies with others, and asked if I would come to her house to study the Bible. In this case, I am the one privileged to be mentored by her! God knows our needs! My former hairdresser is a younger woman who has accepted Christ, but has only a few Christian friends, so we meet every 4-6 weeks just to talk about any topic she wants. She desires a Christian viewpoint to keep her on the right path and growing.

In closing, if you find yourself in a transitional stage of life as I was six years ago, embrace the reality that life changes, ministry changes, but God is constant. He’s not done with us yet!

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LCU Announces Five-Year Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Program Wed, 08 May 2019 19:26:15 +0000 Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is excited to announce the approval of a process that will enable undergraduate students to complete their bachelor’s program and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) in five total years.

By taking MAOL courses as electives during senior year – a proposal approved by the Academic Council in an April meeting – students can decrease what would otherwise be a six-year process down to five. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, this option is available to all students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in any of LCU’s 13 Bachelor of Arts degrees.

The MAOL is a wholly online program with the goal of teaching and examining leadership approaches in a plethora of contexts – church ministry, business and non-profit leadership, and more – all from a Christian worldview. MAOL courses are taught by faculty with leadership experience in a variety of fields.

“The goal of the MAOL program is to equip Christian leaders for the success of their organization and the benefit of the Kingdom of God,” said Christopher Beard, Program Director for the MAOL. “The MAOL is an extremely versatile program because the leadership concepts explored can be applied to virtually any leadership context. At the same time, the MAOL facilitates a deeper consideration of leadership and organizational theory that is not often found in an undergraduate experience.  Accordingly, the MAOL is a wonderful opportunity for any Christian leader that wants to supplement their previous education and experience with knowledge and skills that will help them lead their organization, whatever it might be, successfully and for the glory of God.”

LCU’s current MAOL students are a diverse group, hailing from all over the globe: India, China, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Nevada to name a few. Their undergraduate degrees range from business to education to ministry to criminal justice. These students represent Fortune 500 companies, foundations, small businesses, mission agencies, childcare facilities, youth organizations, camps, campus ministries, churches, and local and state government.

To pursue this five-year BA/MAOL program, students should work with their advisors and the Registrar’s office to submit the proper forms and register for the proper classes.

Students with diverse skills from and from diverse backgrounds will find a welcoming and edifying community in the MAOL.

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74th Commencement and Founders’ Day: May 4, 2019 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:36:55 +0000 Lincoln Christian University
74th Annual Commencement Ceremony & 75th Anniversary Celebration
May 4, 2019

Earl C Hargrove Chapel

10 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement
Speaker: Zach Thompson, Class of 2019, BA in Preaching
Charge from the Class of 1969: Richard Wamsley, Minister

1 p.m. Seminary/Graduate Commencement
Speaker: Ken Idleman, Class of 1969, VP of Leadership Development for The Solomon Foundation

We will be honoring the legacies of our founders, Earl C Hargrove and Charles Mills, on the 75th anniversary of the school’s founding on May 4, 1944.

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

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Dr. David L. Filbeck, LCS employee ’75-’81 Tue, 09 Apr 2019 04:59:03 +0000 Dr. David L. Filbeck, LCS employee ’75-’81, passed away on April 8, 2019 at his home following an illness.

From an early age David was involved in ministry. He started preaching at 16 at a small country church in Galena, MO, followed by a ministries in Conway, MO and Barryville, AZ. He accepted the call to work in the mission field in the mountains of Northern Thailand. He married Deloris Dawes on March 1, 1959. Together they ministered 58 years in Thailand. In 1972 their ministry was interrupted by war so they moved to the city of Chiang Mai and started a leadership training school. They moved back to the US from 1975-1981 and helped Al Hamilton establish Pioneer Bible Translators while teaching at Lincoln Christian Seminary. In 1982 they returned to Thailand to resume their ministry of evangelism, Bible translation, and leadership training. They established Christian Mission to the Orient as a 501c3 organization, and David also helped establish the Lanna Theological Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, which continues to educate and send ou leaders for the churches in Southeast Asia. In addition, David authored many books throughout the years on church history, culture, and missions. He is survived by his wife, Deloris, two daughters, Carmen and Catherine, two sons, David, LCC ’79-’82 (Sharon), and Ken (Christina), eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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Alumni Spotlight: Bill and Leah DeLaughter Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:00:21 +0000 In 2005, Bill and Leah began their ministry in Tanzania, Africa. For nine years they lived and worked in Arusha.

Outreach LeahThey began a relationship-based, discipleship mobilization effort. It began small, with a few people. It was not long, however, before the initial disciples began multiplying and became disciplers themselves. This was a part of the design, discipling others, training them in turn to disciple others. This multiplication has resulted in a movement that is continuing and has been spreading to various parts of Tanzania as people have moved away from Arusha. To date, there are over 5000 people who have gone through the initial (foundational) training, and 750 have completed the full training. 300 disciplers have been trained, with currently 105-175 actively discipling. This has resulted in starting over 32 home-based churches.

In 2014, Bill and Leah decided, with the Lord’s leading, to move to the coast, to Tanga. The purpose was to draw disciplers and hope that some would adopt this much needed emphasis. The coastal region of Tanzania is 80-99% Muslim.

Discipleship KorogweThe most exciting part of this for Bill and Leah is that these discipleship networks are now taking on the task of continuing the work, spreading the Gospel to the Islamic coastal areas of Tanzania. With this beginning to happen, the DeLaughters recognized that their roles would need to change.

Upon their return for home assignment in the USA in May of 2018, the DeLaughters began to seek opportunities to grow this method and mobilization effort, and Islamic outreach emphasis. They were introduced to Livingstone International University in Uganda and are now in the process of joining LIU as volunteers. The plan is still the same, but at LIU they have the opportunity to influence students from nine different African countries, teach them a discipleship model they can take with them home, and remind them of God’s heart for all people to know His Son, including their Islamic neighbors.

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Jacqueline “Jacque” C. Summers Kearney, LBI ’57 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 04:59:04 +0000 Jacqueline “Jacque” C. Summers Kearney, LBI ’57, went to her heavenly home on March 26, 2019.

She was a long-time resident of Griffith, IN where she graduated from high school. Following a short career as a telephone operator for Illinois Bell, she entered Cincinnati Bible College, working summers as the dining room manager at Lake Region Christian Assembly in Cedar Lake, IN. She furthered her studies at Lincoln Bible Institute. After graduating from LBI she worked for Illinois Bell again and then for the Northern Indiana Pubic Service Company. Jacque and her husband Ken lived in multiple places in Indiana, including Chesterson, Seymour, Vincennes, Brownsburg. Jacque loved bold, bright colors, especially orange, singing, flowers, birds, talking about her family’s rich Hoosier history, and chats with her nieces, nephews, grandchildren, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Those who ever talked with Jacque knew they were precious and loved. She is remembered for her personal faith in God and her encouraging testimony.

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Jennifer M. (Hoyt) Cranford, LCU ’13 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:49:24 +0000 The second installment of the Christian fiction series, Marching with the Master, by Jennifer M. (Hoyt) Cranford, LCU ’13, was released on November 26, 2018.

The Soldiers: Donning the Armor, continues the stories of West, Bradford, Hoyt, and Salinas as they return to their normal life routines, trying to live as new creations. Mentorship is the predominant theme of this particular series.

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Steven T. Capps, LCC ’96, LCS ’96-’01 Sun, 10 Mar 2019 05:59:34 +0000 Steven T. Capps, LCC ’96, LCS ’96-’01, went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2019.

Steven proudly served his country in the Marine Corps. He married Kimberly Hatley on May 23, 2003. She survives. He was currently serving as the pastor of the San Jose Christian Church in San Jose, IL. Also surviving are his children Ashley, Kelsey, Taylor, Hannah, and Kymbrah, stepdaughter Paige, five grandchildren, and one brother.

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2019 Homecoming Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:49:32 +0000 We need your help…

Homecoming is October 4-5 and we would love to see as many of you as can make it. We’ve focused this year on highlighting as many groups as possible, i.e. Gloria Choir, Master’s Men, Chorale, Evangels, Praise Hymn, Harvest, Campus 300, Eunice Club, sports and camp teams, etc. And so, we are asking that you use your own contacts including Facebook and/or other social media, to recruit as many members as you can. If your group isn’t listed, let us know (Phone: 217-732-3168 ext. 2285 or email: We’d love to help you reconnect. Thank you for your help, we look forward to seeing you!

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