This year's theme, "70 Years of Global Impact," will be capped with
a keynote address by Dr. Rondal Smith, an LCU alumnus and former
academic dean. His challenging message for the morning's
commemoration will be "The Unfinished Task! Let's do it!"
academic tenure at LCU lasting 16 years, Smith and his wife, Janice,
left in 1981 to accept a call to Pioneer Bible Translators in
Dallas. Today, Smith serves PBT as director of the Eurasia area and
executive director of PBT Europe.
The milestone 70th service will culminate the global impact theme
with video messaging from LCU missionaries around the world and will
complete the university's 70th birthday gift commemoration, in which
supporters recognized the special anniversary with a $70 gift.
Founders' Day honors both the founding principles of the
institution and the people who had the vision and fortitude to build
LCU was established on May 4, 1944, against the backdrop of World
War II. Founder Earl C. Hargrove was driven to start a school for
preachers to assist a church era that was losing countless young men
and ministers to the war. Since then LCU has grown into three
Undergraduate Studies, Adult & Graduate Studies, and the Seminary —
offering majors in ministry, missions, Bible, preaching, business,
intercultural studies and more.
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Originally named Lincoln Bible Institute, the name was changed to
Lincoln Christian College in 1961, and the graduate school became
Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1984. Lincoln Christian College and
Seminary then changed its name to Lincoln Christian University on
Sept. 1, 2009, during its 65th anniversary year. The Hargrove School
of Adult & Graduate Studies was established that same year and began
offering the university's first completely online master's degree.
LCU is affiliated with independent Christian Churches and
Churches of Christ of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. LCU
has seen more than 16,000 students pass through its doors, and its
alumni have gone on to serve the Lord in all 50 U.S. states and more
than 165 countries. Today, LCU carries on its mission to prepare and
equip Christians to serve and lead in the church, the workplace and
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