Eastern Christian College

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Eastern Christian College or ECC was a co-educational, private Christian college that was located in Bel Air, Maryland, United States. It was supported by Christian churches and churches of Christ, which is part of the Restoration Movement.


Eastern Christian College was established in 1946 as Eastern Christian Institute in East Orange, New Jersey.[1] It moved to its final location in Bel Air, Maryland in 1960 and was renamed Eastern Christian College.[2] Its history was marked by significant financial struggles.[3] ECC merged with Lincoln Christian University in 1993 and was renamed Lincoln Christian College East Coast in an attempt to stabilize its fiscal troubles.[2][4] While marginally successful, ECC ceased operations and closed in 2005.[5] Its remaining funds, library holdings, and equipment were absorbed by Mid-Atlantic Christian University.[6] A plurality of the active students also transferred to Mid-Atlantic Christian University.


ECC's former Bel Air, Maryland campus was located on the Fair Meadows estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.[7]


Eastern Christian College awarded Bachelor's and Associate's degrees during its operation.[8] Its academic records are now archived at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Maryland Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names". Ray C. Brown. Retrieved 2014-12-31.
  3. ^ "Merger means salvation for tiny Christian college - Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 1995-05-13. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  4. ^ "The Early History of Transylvania University" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  5. ^ "Eastern Christian College Closes". Christianstandard.com. 2005-05-17. Retrieved 2010-12-08.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - MARYLAND (MD), Harford County". Nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  8. ^ "Eastern Christian College". Educationdepartment.org. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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