Global impact and "unfinished business" focus of LCU's 70th Founders' Day

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[May 12, 2014]  LINCOLN - On Tuesday, in the Earl C. Hardgrove Chapel on the campus of Lincoln Christian University, a celebration took place that focused on people around the globe.

Video messages played from many of LCU's missionaries from around the world illuminated LCU's global impact in 70 years.

The celebration also featured Dr. Rondal Smith as keynote speaker. Dr. Smith, an LCU alumnus and a 16 year professor and academic dean for the school; also served as chairman of the founding board for Pioneer Bible Translators. He and his wife Janice continue to work with PBT in its global outreach, and as in Christian educators and writers.

Dr. Smith's challenging message was taken from Rev. 5: 1-14 and titled, "The Unfinished Task! Let's do it!" At the heart of the passage is a future vision of worship before God in heaven. The celebration recognizes the salvation of "men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation," - Rev. 5: 9e, New American Standard.

Other speakers on this day were Dr. Rochelle Cathcart, assistant professor of intercultural studies, who offered the invocation; Dr. Mike Nichols, professor of intercultural studies, and Dr. Rob Maupin, associate professor intercultural studies, who gave the benediction.

Today, LCU's mission statement says that it is a - "Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead the church and the world."

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The school has had more than 16,000 students have pass through its doors, and alumni "serve the Lord in all 50 U.S. states and more than 165 countries." And, in one week, on Saturday, May 17, its next graduates will enter the world.

LCU's three schools include undergraduate studies, adult & graduate studies, and seminary; which offer "majors in ministry, missions, Bible, preaching, business, intercultural studies and more."

In addition to the main campus in Lincoln and its online degree program, the school has extension sites for degree and certificate programs based in Bloomington-Normal at Eastview Christian Church and in Peoria at Illinois Central College; as well as near Indianapolis, and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LCU is affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.


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