Lincoln Christian University Tue, 06 Aug 2019 18:38:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Christy J. (Massey) Elliot, LCC ’92, LCS ’92-’93 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 14:55:15 +0000 Christy J. (Massey) Elliot, LCC ’92, LCS ’92-’93, graduated May 3, 2019 from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. It is a completion of a journey that started at Lincoln Christian College and Lincoln Christian Seminary.

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Alumni Spotlight: Tony Collins Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:00:01 +0000 Tony Collins is a 2007 graduate of Lincoln Christian University. He studied preaching ministry while working part time at First Christian Church of Beardstown, IL as a youth pastor. While in school at Lincoln, Tony met his wife Kelsey through friends. She was attending Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. After graduation they were married and moved to Beardstown where Tony began full time work as a youth pastor.

Tony and Kelsey have been married for almost twelve years and have many years of experience doing ministry together. They have been a part of church planting for six years in New Zealand with South Pacific Christian Fellowship. For the past two and one half years Tony has been on staff with Momentum Christian Church in Chula Vista, California. Tony and Kelsey have three daughters: Ruthie, Ginny and Lottie.

Currently, Tony and Kelsey are in the prelaunch season with Stadia Church Planting preparing to plant Church180 in South San Diego. Church180 has a vision of “We live to see people turn toward hope in Jesus”. In Southern California many people are looking for hope in so many things, whether that be their image, achievements, successes, resources, or relationships. While those things aren’t necessarily bad, we believe they pale in comparison to the hope that we were made to live for in Jesus.

Church180 also strives to be a church that reflects the region’s diverse demographics, not only ethnically but socioeconomically. The area that Church180 is planting is made up of an even split of White, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian people. This is in part due to the high volume of military families moving into the area with proximity to several of the naval bases. The school that the Collins’ daughters go to have 89 homeless students right alongside many students whose parents are millionaires. It is a unique area and we are facing many challenges as we try to bridge the gap in these demographics and live together in harmony.


At this stage in the church plant, Church180 has a launch team of about 35 committed members reflecting approximately 75 people, including kids. This launch team is busy serving the community with landscaping projects and helping resource needy families in the school district and community college. Will you pray that Church180 reflects Jesus well to their community? Will you also pray that God continues to move and build His church in South San Diego causing many more people to turn toward hope in Him?

For more information about Church180 please email me at

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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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Andrew “Andy” B. Johnson, LCC ’85, LCS ’15 Tue, 21 May 2019 04:59:08 +0000 Andrew “Andy” B. Johnson, LCC ’85, LCS ’15, passed away on May 20, 2019, at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Andy was serving as minister for the Armington Christian Church in Armington, Illinois, and as a coach at Christian Life Academy in Hopedale, Illinois at the time of his death. Through the years, Andy served as a minister in Atlanta, Normal, and Minier, all in Illinois, and in Arkansas. He served as a missionary and teacher in Puerto Rico. He was a member of the Minier Historical Society. Andy was known to be an avid Cardinals fan. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, biking, and kayaking. He is survived by his parents, James and Barbara Johnsons, one sister, Pamela (Gregory) Lee, a niece, nephew, and two great-nieces

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