Lincoln Christian University Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:41:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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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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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James “Jim” T. Eichenberger, LCC ’77 Sun, 03 Mar 2019 05:59:39 +0000 James “Jim” T. Eichenberger, LCC ’77, passed away on March 2, 2019.

Jim lived a life characterized by his love of family, learning, music, and servant leadership. Family recalls him rarely being seen without a musical instrument or a book in his hands. He was a long-time school principal in Springfield, IL, known affectionately as “Mr. E” and remembered for greeting his students with harmonica playing and “high fives.” Later in life, Jim worked as a writer and editor, creating and contributing to dozens of works relating to the Christian faith through Standard Publishing and was a long-time Sunday school teacher and member at Fairfield Church of Christ in Fairfield, OH. He is survived by his wife Debra, daughters Rachel Abke and Sarah Eichenberger, three grandchildren, siblings David A. Eichenberger, LCC ’77, and Diane K. Jones-Dunham; his mother, Kathleen Eichenberger, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Alumni Spotlight: Joshua & Gina Sherif and Joe & Amy Flammer Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:00:07 +0000 LCU Alums in Chicago’s Northside

Joshua Sherif, LCC ’09, and his wife Gina (Coultas), LCU ’10, joined New Life Community Church in Chicago in 2011, and planted a new location of New Life on Chicago’s North side in 2012. New Life Albany Park has been reaching out to a diverse group of long-time Chicago residents, as well immigrants and refugees from all over the world who now call Chicago home. The congregation at New Life Albany Park represents more than 30 nationalities and 20 languages. Joe Flammer, LCC ’05, and his wife Amy (Huette), LCU ’07, recently concluded 11 years of church planting in New Zealand. They then joined the pastoral team at New Life Albany Park and will be serving alongside the Sherifs. Josh and Joe are working together in the local church context. They also have a ministry to encourage, equip, and support other missionaries, pastors, and lay-leaders around the world through New Life Cities. New Life Cities is making disciples through the planting of life giving churches in global cities. New Life Community Church is one church, currently meeting in 27 diverse locations all over the city of Chicago, for the good of the city.

If you would like to learn more about the ministry of New Life Community Church in Chicago, or the New Life Cities international church planting ministry, you can contact Josh at or Joe at

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Linnea J. (nee Furman) Klendworth, LCC ’69 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 05:59:41 +0000 Linnea J. (nee Furman) Klendworth, LCC ’69,passed away peacefully in her home February 24, 2019, after an extended battle with cancer.

After receiving her degree at LCC, Linnea worked as the secretary to the head of Purdue University Psychology department. After one year, she became the managing editor for the Department of Psychology Sciences at Purdue. In 1981, Linnea and her husband, Douglas D., LCC ’74, moved to Bartlesville, OK where she gave birth to their twin daughters, Kourtney and Krystal. They later moved to Morris, IL then to West Chester, OH, where they have resided for the past 27 years. Linnea loved Jesus. Regardless of where she called home, she always modeled a servant’s heart in Kingdom work. She served her family as a stay-at-home mom and her church in a variety of ways over the years. Linnea is survived by her husband and daughters.

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Bruce R. Parmenter, LBI ’55 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:59:07 +0000 Bruce R. Parmenter, LBI ’55, went home to be with the Lord February 20, 2019.

Bruce served as minister of several Christian churches and Churches of Christ for over 20 years. He was professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Lincoln Christian Seminary from 1968-1977, and professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University in Wichita, KS from 1989-1993. He was an approved supervisor in the AAMFT. He was the founder of the Christian Counseling Center in Champaign, IL in 1977 and served as director until 1989. Bruce was the author of seven books and numerous articles. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini fan. He loved hunting and horses. He was an expert in Civil War history, particularly Abraham Lincoln. Bruce was a man of deep faith in Jesus Christ and shared his faith with others in loving and wise ways. He was a teacher, mentor, and shepherd to countless students and supervisees. He loved the church and served faithfully through preaching, teaching, and counseling well into his eighties. Bruce loved his wife and family well. His legacy will live on through is children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Judy K., LBI ’49-’55, three daughters, Linda, LCC ’74 (Mark, LCC ’74, LCS ’80) Searby, Cindi, and Patti (Jon) Reichard, and two sons, Todd, LCC ’79-’80 (Pamela), and Eric (Sherry). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

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Helen J. (Lincoln) Osborne, LBI ’54-’58 Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:59:02 +0000 Helen J. (Lincoln) Osborne, LBI ’54-’58, went home to be with the Lord on February 16, 2019.

While attending LBI, Helen met her husband Larry O., LBI ’60, LCS ’60-’61. She accompanied him in various ministerial functions such as leading music, playing piano, teaching Sunday school, leading Bible studies, and youth groups while raising four children. She was a teacher and leader of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) at Tinley Park Christian Church for four years. Besides her family, Helen loved the mountains of Colorado, picnics with family and friends, taking care of her home, and bird watching. She took delight in her grandchildren and they adored her. She is survived by her husband, children Dana Foran, Bonnie (Doug) Barilow, Jonathon, LCC ’83-’84, and Laura (Robert) House, seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

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Joe Wilkey, LCU ’77, Awarded Honorary Doctorate Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:51:38 +0000 Joe Wilkey, LCU ’77, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in November, 2018, from Agape University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Present at the ceremony was President of the University, Moses Samo Seth, and the Cambodian Secretary of State. Moses wanted to acknowledge Joe’s many years of commitment to the Cambodian people through Compassion Ministry.

Since 1978, Joe has made many trips to Cambodia where God gave Joe the vision for Compassion Ministry.  The ministry included rice distributions, teaching in churches, and working through Agape International Ministries and Moses Samo Seth with children rescued from sex trafficking.  Using earth block made from the soil on their property, three buildings were constructed for their ministry to the rescued children.

Joe first met Moses Samo Seth in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Moses wanted to become a minister, and Joe helped sponsor him to attend Dallas Christian College.  Moses returned to Cambodia and helped found Agape University and has helped plant over 700 Christian Churches.  Christianity flourishes throughout Cambodia.

A native of Sullivan, Indiana, Joe served in the U.S. Marine Corp.  He married Lynn Simmons, and they began their walk of faith.  They moved from Warsaw, Indiana, where Joe worked for R. R. Donnelly, to Chicago to work for Family Circle Magazine.  Having resolved that he wanted to serve God, they moved to Lincoln to prepare for the ministry and graduated in 1977.  He served Christian churches in Illinois, Texas, and Indiana.  Joe spent 45 days as an EMT in a refugee camp with survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed over two million Cambodians.  This experience gave Joe a new direction in ministry.

Joe went to work for Feed the Hungry in South Bend, Indiana, working in disaster relief around the world.  Joe and Lynn then moved to Warsaw, Indiana, and founded World Compassion Network after 9/11.  This organization serves victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world.  Their walk of faith has taken them into 140 countries.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jay and Diane Beeman Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:00:07 +0000 Jay E., LCC ’81, LCS ’83-’85, and Diane L. (Lankford), LCC ’79-’80, Beeman met at LCC and were married January 3, 1981. After graduating, Jay served as a youth minister at the First Christian Church, Cumming, GA, and later as the preaching minister at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Raymond, IL.

Jay, Diane and Massai ladiesJay was awakened to the great need for missions in Africa when he served as an intern in the Congo the summer of 1979 between his sophomore and junior year. Diane had never traveled out of the United States when they first moved to serve full-time in the Congo but after they arrived, she soon realized her passion for serving among people who desperately need to hear the gospel.

This past month, Jay and Diane marked one full year of serving with Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT) in Tanzania, East Africa. This is not their first experience serving in Africa. They served with African Christian Mission (now Alliance of Christian Missions, Intl.) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1987 until 1994. After returning to the States Diane continued in foreign missions, leading short-term mission trips for Christ In Youth (CIY). From 2012 to 2016 both Jay and Diane led short-term teams from West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL, to Nairobi, Kenya, to work with Christian Missionary Fellowship (CMF). During these numerous trips back to Africa, they sensed God’s calling to return to Africa on a permanent basis.

Diane and Masaai ladiesIn January of 2018 they arrived in Tanzania and began working to advance PBT’s vision for lives to be transformed through God’s Word in every language. PBT is currently translating the Bible in the languages of eight different people groups in Tanzania. Three New Testaments have been completed and three more will be published this year. Jay and Diane’s primary focus centers on development of Discovery Bible Studies in order to spark movements in the language groups PBT serves. Their duties also include facilitating the dubbing of the Jesus Film into these languages, leadership development, and reaching out to the many who are under-resourced in a developing country.

If you are interested in learning more about the Beemans, please email them at or

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