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] is a Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. Its main campus is located in Lincoln, Illinois, with extension sites at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois, Outlook Christian Church outside of Indianapolis, Indiana and at 8965 S. Eastern Ave. Ste 150, in Las Vegas, Nevada. LCU is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ.

LCU provides four year, co-educational, residential Bible college offerings including: 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 University also offers continuing educational programs at its various sites and online.[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's most recent construction projects were new housing (2007) and athletics (2006) facilities and the ongoing renovation of office and classroom buildings.


LCU currently offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that include:


  • Spiritual Formation
  • Bible
  • Education
  • Pre-Nursing


  • Biblical Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Children's Ministry
  • Christian Ministry
  • Intercultural Studies (Missions)
  • Philosophy
  • Preaching Ministry
  • Psychology
  • Worship Ministry
  • Youth and Family Ministry

Seminary programs

  • Master of Divinity
  • MA (Biblical Studies)
  • MA (Church History / Historical Theology)
  • MA (Philosophy & Apologetics)
  • MA (Theology)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Master of Religious Education
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Other graduate programs:

  • MA in Intercultural Studies
  • MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MA in Organizational Leadership
  • MA in Spiritual Formation

Master of Divinity students select a specialization from the following fields:

Bible Field:

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b c d "LCCS to become LCU." Lincoln Courier, 6 May 2009. Archived 14 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Association for Biblical Higher Education Directory. Accessed 9 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 

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