The CCU family mourns the passing of former professor R.J. Kidwell.
Born on August 8, 1928 in Anderson, Indiana, R.J.’s moved with his family to Georgetown, Kentucky when he was a junior in high school. He came to Christ as a senior in high school. He attended a revival at the Minorsville Christian Church in Kentucky and moved to make a decision for the Lord. That night, R.J. was baptized in a creek across the road from the church and committed his life to preaching the gospel. He would spend the next 55 years proclaiming Christ in located ministries.
R. J. attended Cincinnati Christian University where he met his wife Patsy Gibson (who passed in 2013). He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature. Together, they started churches in Michigan and Texas. While in San Antonio, he also served as President of Southern Christian College (he later led the college to merge with Dallas Christian College). In 1965, R. J. accepted an invitation to return to his alma mater where he taught ministry students for 35 years. While a faculty member, he ministered with the Sherman Church of Christ (Kentucky) for 24 years and at Elsmere Church of Christ (Kentucky) for 18 years. R.J. went home to be with the Lord on September 26, 2015.
R. J. is survived by his daughters Vicky (Steve) Kehrer and Pam (Jay) Link, son Jay (Lisa) Kidwell, 11 grand children and 16 great grand children. All his children and grandchildren continue to be active in the work of the kingdom. R.J.’s work as a minister of the gospel will live on throughout eternity.
Services will be held on October, 1, 2015 at the Elsmere Church of Christ (124 Carlisle, Elsmere, KY 41018). Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration Service at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to Cincinnati Christian University.
Throughout our history, student organizations have been formed to enhance the educational experiences of our students. This fall, Cincinnati Christian University welcomes yet another new student organization to our campus.
Kappa Phi is a nationally-recognized Christian sisterhood that emphasizes four pillars of programming: friendship, service, study and worship. The partnership was initiated since Kappa Phi is a non-selective organization open to any female CCU student. While their members may wear Greek letters, Kappa Phi is independently run and is not affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference of sororities. Kappa Phi has chapters on over 25 college campuses across the US and is growing each year. The ministry’s mission is to help college-age Christian women become “lights in the darkness.”
Last week, seven of our students took their first steps in becoming active members of the organization by participating in Degree of the Pine, a Kappa Phi tradition. This workshop and ceremony was not just a first for CCU, but was a historical moment in Kappa Phi’s 100 year history as well. CCU’s workshop marked the first time that all members of Kappa Phi’s National attended a Degree of the Pine workshop together. Kappi Phi leadership from all over the country assisted the ladies in the new CCU chapter in taking their vows as new pledges.
CCU’s Kappa Phi Chapter will host a number of events on and off campus this year and will become officially installed as a new chapter in a public ceremony this December. To learn more about Kappa Phi, visit www.kappaphi.org or email [KappaPhi.CCU@gmail.com].
ABOVE PHOTO: Photo of the founding members of CCU’s Kappa Phi chapter (left to right): Jessica Ellington, Gabriela Vijil, Andrea Linn, Elizabeth Layton, Rachel Fish, and Empres Minnifield. Not pictured: Sarah Stacy and Alyssa Johnson.