Lincoln Christian University

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Lincoln Christian University
Official Logo of Lincoln Christian College
Motto To nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world
Established 1944 (1944)
Affiliation Christian churches and churches of Christ
President Don Green
Administrative staff
Students 1,050
Location Lincoln, Illinois, USA

Lincoln Christian University (LCU), formerly Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (LCCS),[1] comprises a School of Undergraduate Studies, a Seminary, and the Hargrove School, all located in Lincoln, Illinois. LCU is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ.

LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a private, four year, co-educational, residential Bible college offering Certificates, Associate's and Bachelor's degrees.[2] LCU's graduate Seminary offers Master's degrees (including a Master of Divinity) and a Doctor of Ministry degree.[2] The Hargrove School offers continuing educational programs.[1]


LCU was founded in 1944 as Lincoln Bible Institute,[1] a four-year Bible college aligned with the Restoration Movement. Its first President was Earl Hargrove; its first Dean was Enos Dowling. The seminary opened in 1951.

In May 2009, officials from then-LCCS announced that the institution would change its name to Lincoln Christian University, effective September 2009.[1]

In 1993 LCU became affiliated with Eastern Christian College, which was renamed Lincoln Christian College-East Coast.[3] ECC then closed in 2005 and was absorbed by Mid-Atlantic Christian University.[4]

LCU recently completed an extensive capital campaign, including the construction of new housing and athletics facilities and the renovation of office and classroom buildings.


LCU currently offers undergraduate degrees that include:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Exposition
  • Business Administration
  • Children and Family Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Preaching
  • Psychology (formerly Community and Care Ministries)
  • Worship Ministry
  • Youth Ministry

Graduate programs include:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Bible or Theology
  • Master of Arts in Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Ministry

Seminary Master of Arts and/or Master of Divinity students select a specialization from the following fields:

Bible and Theology/Philosophy Field—Bible:

  • Biblical Languages
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament

Theology & Philosophy:

  • Christian Apologetics
  • Church History/Historical Theology
  • Church & Culture
  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • General Theology
  • Philosophy

Christian Ministries Field--

  • General Ministry
  • Preaching Ministry
  • Church Development
  • Christian Education
  • Leadership Studies
  • Worship Studies
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Intercultural Studies (Missions)
  • Bible Translation


Lincoln Christian teams, known athletically as the Red Lions, participate as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), as well as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). They compete as an Independent on both organizations. Lincoln Christian was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III, primarily competing in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, soccer and volleyball.


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