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Counseling Summit

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Please join us Saturday November 18th from 9:00a to 4:30p at Cincinnati Christian university – located at 2700 Glenway ave, Cincinnati, OH 45204.

This workshop will equip participants to more effectively assess, diagnose, and treat issues related to sex and porn addiction in an ethically appropriate and competent manner. Treatment issues will be examined for those struggling with sex and porn addiction, their partners, and the family as a whole. Learning objectives will include:

  1. Participants will learn six different perspectives on defining sex addiction.
  2. Participants will learn about major studies that counter the arguments against sex addiction as a legitimate addiction.
  3. Participants will learn seven etiological factors to consider in the assessment and diagnosis of sex addiction.
  4. Participants will learn seven ethical issues related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of sex addiction.
  5. Participants will learn multiple approaches related to the treatment of sex and porn addiction for the person struggling with addiction, the partner, and the family.

 

Registration is required. You can sign up here.

ExploreCCU Ministry Visit Day

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SCHEDULE:

8:30a-9:30 a.m.  Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Get settled and enjoy a breakfast with some of our staff.

9:30 a.m.  Chapel

Every week our campus gathers for worship and a message delivered by one our professors, alumni or a nationally known pastor/church leader.

10:45 a.m.  Campus Tours

Take a stroll across campus, see our classrooms, library, and athletic facilities.

11:15 a.m.  Lunch

Eat with students and staff in our Student Union.

12:15 p.m.  Dorm Tours
Take a look at the living quarters available at CCU.

12:45 p.m.  Teaching Church Tour

Hitch a ride on a bus over to Lakeside Christian Church in Northern Kentucky. Lakeside is one of the many local churches participating in our Teaching Church program.

1:15 p.m.  Teaching Church Program

Learn a little bit about the Teaching Church Program and how it can help you learn about ministry while you do it.

3:15 p.m. Return to CCU

 

Space is limited, RSVP today!
Click here to register for the November 2nd Ministry View day at CCU
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Teaching Church

 

 

The Teaching Church is a collaborative learning environment that exists between CCU and select teaching churches. The purpose is to facilitate real-world practice and application of in-depth learning. Instead of sitting in a classroom and hearing people talk about ministry, you can learn ministry while you do it.

Year One

Students entering the TC program will begin in a class entitled Calling and Spiritual Formation.  We want to explore the work God has done leading us to this point as well as dream about where we believe He will be leading us. At CCU, we believe that it’s about who you’re becoming, so, we start by figuring out where you are. Once that’s established, we take some time to learn about becoming more like Jesus.  In addition to classes, TC students will travel to a dozen or so local churches (depending on the Fall schedule) and get to “peek behind the curtain” of their ministry.  In addition to a tour of their ministry, students will have the opportunity to ask questions of one of their potential resident churches.

In the Spring of the Freshman year, we will partner a student up with one of our Teaching Churches based on their calling and the church’s staff and expertise. Each decision is made tailored to the individual student – with the purpose of growth. Students will begin volunteering on Sunday mornings, getting to know the church, staff, and systems more in depth.  Students will take an Introduction to Ministry or Introduction to Urban and Intercultural class together this semester that focuses in on concepts that they’ll put to practical use at their Teaching Church.

Year Two

At this point, students will begin to specialize in one of five areas:

-Youth and Childrens Ministry

-Preaching and Congregational

-Music and Worship

-Urban and Intercultural*

-General Ministry

Students will take classes specifically designed for that ministry focus. While working to apply the concepts learned in the field at their TC. We’ll work to have at least one project or assignment  done inside the teaching church with real people, in real ministry, to make a real difference.  Students will work 10 hours/week, usually volunteering on Sunday plus one other block of time depending on their ministry area.

Year Three

This year will look very similar to year two in continued specialized classes and projects “labbed” (practiced) in the local church.  In addition to their studies, students will now be working 15 hours per week in the local church, usually volunteering on Sunday plus two other blocks of time.  They are taking on more responsibility and longer-term projects for the church.  At the end of this year, students will participate in an interview with the teaching church to gain experience and to lay out expectations for the senior year.

Year Four

This year will look very different than most as most classes will be done as early week classes or intensives on one or two days per week.  This will allow the student to have a much more open schedule and work at the church up to 20 hours per week.  The church will hire the student for the senior year so that they can devote their full energies to school and the teaching church as well as graduate with less debt.  In addition, the student will already have been hired by a church, have received three and a half years of experience, and have a portfolio of actual ministry experience to share.  This will position them to interview with confidence with the next ministry position if the teaching church is unable to hire them.

For more information on the Teaching Church program at Cincinnati Christian University, contact the program’s director- Bobby Jackson.

Interested in hearing from some students involved in the Teaching Church Program? Check out the videos below.

Alumni

CCU Homecoming 2017

Saturday, October 14

Come to your alma mater for a day of reminiscing and fellowship.

During the morning Brunch at 10:30 a.m., the CCU quartet Vibe will sing, and the Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Excellence in Ministry Award.  The Brunch costs $10/person or $15/couple.

Afternoon activities include the CCU Homecoming Football game at 1:30 p.m. against Campbellsville University at the Willard Stargel Stadium in Cincinnati.

Reunion classes are encouraged to meet throughout the day.  If you want to reserve a room on campus, please contact Events@CCUniversity.edu.

Classes of 1957, 1962, and 1967 will have a dinner in the Parlor of the Worship & Ministry Center at 5:00 p.m.  (RSVP required).

REGISTRATION

To purchase your tickets for the Brunch ($10/person or $15/couple), reserve your FREE ticket for the Homecoming Football game, or to RSVP for the 50th, 55th, or 60th Reunion Class Dinner in the Parlor, click here.

Looking forward to seeing you back on campus!

Realignment of Ministry Programming

 Cincinnati Christian University Announces Renewed Focus on Ministry and Realignment of Ministry Programming

[Cincinnati, Ohio ∙ July 26, 2017] Today, Cincinnati Christian University announces a significant realignment of its Ministry programming. Since 1924, CCU has emphasized the preparation of men and women for vocational Christian service. That mission was enhanced and expanded through the formation of a graduate-level Seminary in 1956 and recently through the creation of the Center for Church Leadership, which exists to provide professional support and financial counsel to ministers and congregations. The proposed realignment will position the university to extend this work well into the future through innovative programs and services targeting the needs of local churches.

In May of 2017, CCU’s Board of Trustees appointed a special Task Force to explore the status of the university’s ministry programming. This committee included Trustees who serve in congregational Ministry, an expert in financial management and strategic planning, and key members of the university’s Seminary staff. The committee concluded that ministry training and support of the local church must remain central to CCU’s work but also expressed concern over the needs of the culturally-changing church and wanted to better position CCU to meet those needs. The Task Force observed that the Center for Church Leadership presents several opportunities for synergy with CCU’s Seminary (graduate) and Russell School of Ministry (undergraduate). The Task Force concluded that a strategic plan should be developed to emphasize collaboration between the university and the Center for Church Leadership; significantly refocus the Seminary’s curriculum to increase its relevance to students; and, re-envision the Ministry program’s marketing and recruiting strategies.

Toward these ends, Dr. Tom Thatcher, a 1989/1992 graduate of CCU who has served as Professor of Biblical Studies since 1996 and as Chief Academic Officer of the university since 2013, has been appointed Dean of the Seminary and the Russell School of Ministry. Dr. Thatcher will administrate the university’s Ministry programs and also work closely with Dr. Tim Wallingford, Director of the Center for Church Leadership. Paul Friskney, longtime Professor of English and Dean of CCU’s Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts & Sciences, will assume duties as Interim Chief Academic Officer.

Dr. David Ray, Professor of Ministry, will serve as Associate Dean of the Russell School of Ministry, and Dr. Sara Fudge, Professor of Biblical Studies, will continue to serve as Associate Dean of the Seminary.

 

Kentucky Christian University and Cincinnati Christian University Announce Merger Discussions

Kentucky Christian University (Grayson, KY) and Cincinnati Christian University are two schools that, though separated by only 100 miles, share much in common: similar heritages, constituencies, Christian missions, and student bodies.  While the institutions have been healthy rivals for decades, that rivalry, always steeped in mutual admiration and respect, is now turning into unprecedented collaboration.

The boards of trustees of both schools have voted to collaborate deeply, beginning with a management consultancy agreement through which executive leadership at KCU will offer leadership assistance at CCU.  The preferred future for both schools is consolidation, creating the third largest Christian college among Independent Christian Church institutions of higher education.

Both KCU and CCU hold commitment to their respective regions and constituencies as a high priority.  Even while sharing leadership for programs that are remarkably complementary and moving toward merger, the universities anticipate maintaining both physical campuses and university identities.

Merger will require approval by several entities, including accreditation agencies, financial institutions, and trustee boards.  Formal approval of the management consultancy agreement, to be effective January 1, 2017, is set for October in meetings of both boards of trustees.  A final decision on consolidation will likely be made in late 2017.

 

Plant Your Flag

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SHOW YOUR CCU PRIDE

We know you believe in CCU’s mission to create a strong university, today and tomorrow, for our students. The support you give is invaluable and crucial to our development as we continually build for the future. That’s why we’ve created this unique and exciting way to display your CCU pride!

Show your support visually by planting a flag and financially by making a gift.

Simply start by planting your virtual flag on the map by dragging and dropping it on your city. Show other CCU fans, alumni, and donors where you are. Watch as the map fills up and others show their support!

 

92nd Commencement Honors

This weekend marked our ninety-second commencement. Congratulations to all of our graduates on your achievements. Listed below are the students who received special honors.

Cum Laude
Tabatha Borton
Cherie Marie Houchin
Hannah Michelle Dunning
Sierra E. Forrest
Kaitlyn Moriah Patterson
Milton Trice III
Stephen Jonathan Underwood

Magna Cum Laude
Moriah Noelle Anderson
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Lindsey Brandhorst
Laura Elizabeth Semones
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Angela Muchmore

Summa Cum Laude
Stephen F. Anderson
Justin L. Andler
Alec Gregory Dalton
Maggie Forrest
Lena M. Jasper
Emerson Kennedy
Lauren Michelle Wisecup

Chi Sigma Iota
Jacinda R. Cravens
Jessie Dayton
Kristina Lee Demuth
Melissa Eddy
Amy D Frazee
Lindsay C Harless
Rachael Janszen
Jeremy S. Jordan
Nathaniel D Keyse
Peter John Leighton
Zachariah Scott Mays
Sabrina Nicole Mignerey
Joy Lucille Nowlin
Robert Owens
James Louis Patrick
Julie Bezold Schild
Rosalind Smith Sistrunk
Cynthia A. Spicer

Honors in Leadership
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Carly Anne Bishop
Alexandra Bunch
Justin Duenne
Aaron Lee Duncan
Alex Honeycutt
Nicholas Dwight James
Kassidi LeighAnn Lawson
Derreck Michael Lovelace
Mark Rankin
Jennifer Lynn Rohling
Seth Alan Shipman

Delta Aleph Tau
Dylan Richard Bjorklund
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs
Carly Anne Bishop
Aaron Lee Duncan
Seth Alan Shipman
Tabatha Borton
Hannah Michelle Dunning
Kaitlyn Moriah Patterson
Stephen Jonathan Underwood
Moriah Noelle Anderson
Lindsey Brandhorst
Laura Elizabeth Semones
Alec Gregory Dalton
Maggie Forrest
Emerson Kennedy
Lauren Michelle Wisecup
Roger Thomas Bishop

Departmental Award Recipients

Bill Keith Counseling
Jacinda R. Cravens

Business
Justin L. Andler
Jaelyn Cochenour
Carina Anne Miller

Christian Ministry
Milton Trice III

Church Growth
Darin J. Hudson

CALL Class Representative
Mark A. Brasington

Communication Arts
Tabatha Borton

Education
Lindsey Brandhorst

English
Moriah Noelle Anderson

History
Sean Varady

Homiletics
Dylan Richard Bjorklund

Music & Worship
Hannah Michelle Dunning

New Testament
Aaron Lee Duncan

Old Testament
Seth Alan Shipman

Psychology
Alec Gregory Dalton

SCJ Promising Scholar
Emerson Kennedy
Andrew Kellum Liljestrand

Seminary Class Representative
Jonathan Garrett

Theological Studies
Glen R. Shady

Undergraduate Class Representative
Sigrid Victoria Skaggs

Urban & Intercultural
Moriah Noelle Anderson

Youth Ministry
Carly Anne Bishop

To view the full program for all three commencement ceremonies, click here.

Pre-Law Students Present before Judge

As part of their learning in Constitutional Law class, CCU Pre-Law students Christy Andrews and Perry Moore researched the legal issues surrounding the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell case. They each wrote court briefs summarizing their findings, which is work typically reserved for law students.

As the culminating activity for their class, they were privileged to present their case arguments before Hon. Robert C Winkler, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Hamilton County. Judge Winkler has been serving the courts since 2002 and was impressed with the level of work produced by these Pre-Law students. At the conclusion of their arguments, he provided feedback on their presentations as well as invaluable insight into the justice system.

Adjunct Professor Bill Frank has been practicing law in Cincinnati for 29 years. He made the necessary arrangements for his students to present their case in front of a judge. Regarding his students and their efforts, Professor Frank said, “Christy and Perry’s performances were third-year law school quality. This is one example of how the CCU Pre-Law program will continue exposing students to the actual practice of law as recommended by the American Bar Association in its recent statement on Pre-Law education.”

If you are interested in learning more about CCU’s Pre-Law Program, schedule a visit or contact Admissions today 513.244.8100.

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MAC Program Summer Enrollment

Our Master of Arts in Counseling program (MAC) has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since January of 2014. This accreditation assures the quality of our academic program, streamlines the licensure application process for our students, and increases faculty productivity in areas such as research, publication, and service.

The CACREP Board extends two- and eight-year accreditation cycles. It is common for programs seeking initial accreditation (such as CCU’s MAC program) to receive a 2-year accreditation. In October 2015, we submitted an Interim Report to extend our accreditation for the remainder of the accreditation cycle, and it was approved.

Based on our program results and site evaluations, our CACREP accreditation for the MAC program has been extended through the remainder of the eight-year accreditation cycle ending on March 31, 2022.

We have also recently expanded our offerings for the 2016-17 academic year. With new faculty and a more streamlined clinical training process, we are able to accept additional students. Our application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2016, for the Fall semester. Apply online today or contact us to learn more about joining the MAC family – 513.244.8426

CCU Awarded Three-Year Lilly Grant

Cincinnati Christian University has received a grant of $986,807 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The initiative supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they address the financial and economic struggles that can impair the ability of pastors to lead congregations effectively. The Endowment is giving $28 million in grants through this initiative. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to supporting the pastoral leadership development of clergy serving in congregations across the United States.

CCU is partnering with the Lilly Endowment to develop and implement the “Double Honor Initiative.” The initiative’s title is inspired by a verse from the Bible, 1 Timothy 5:17, which says that leaders “who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” “Double honor” here is widely understood to refer to both respect and material compensation, making this verse foundational to the Church’s theology of paid pastoral leadership. In the context of the Initiative, CCU wishes to extend “double honor” to students and alumni who serve in a variety of churches and not-for-profit organizations by providing a wide range of tools and services to enhance effective leadership.

The “Double Honor Initiative” will be directed through CCU’s new “Center for Church Leadership.” Through this initiative, CCU seeks to create a sustainable model that addresses the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders and reduces attrition caused by economic concerns. Relief will come in three forms:

  1. Direct financial assistance to pastoral staff and congregations/ organizations within the Center’s network;
  2. For-credit and not-for-credit educational and consulting opportunities that will improve the personal and organizational financial management skills of ministerial staff;
  3. Educating congregations for best practices of ministerial compensation. Particular attention will be given to the development of self-sustaining enterprises that can enhance the financial sustainability of churches and organizations and, thus, of their ministerial staff.

Dr. Tim Wallingford has been appointed as Director of CCU’s “Center for Church Leadership” and will be guiding the “Double Honor Initiative.” Dr. Wallingford comes to CCU after successful life-long leadership within the local church. He has served as minister of congregations with 23 members to 2300 members. Wallingford shares, “The Center will provide mentoring, coaching gifts, scholarships, resources, networking, partnership and much more to ministers and the local church.” CCU’s Interim President, Dr. David Ray, notes that “The awarding of this almost $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation is a strong encouragement to Cincinnati Christian University and will provide a significant resource to strengthen its long history of preparing men and women for leadership within the local church and not- for-profit organizations.

Cincinnati Christian University is one of 27 organizations taking part in the initiative, which represents a variety of Christian traditions, including Baptist, Catholic, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of God (Anderson), Episcopal, Independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed and Wesleyan churches, as well as non-denominational, and historic African-American Christian communities. They include denominational pension and benefits boards; local and regional denomination judicatories, such as synods and dioceses; and denominational foundations. CCU is currently the only institute of higher education associated with the initiative.

Each program is customized to the needs of pastoral leaders in each religious tradition, but the programs have much in common as they:

  • provide incentives for clergy to take part in personal finance education
  • offer low-or no-cost financial planning and counseling
    match contributions for pastors and congregations that enroll in
  • pension savings programs
  • help pastors create emergency funds
  • develop strategies that help young pastors pay down or eliminate educational debt
  • create new scholarships so that seminarians borrow less while in school

“Pastors, especially those just beginning in ministry, accept low salaries as part of their commitment to God and to church. Many enter ministry with significant debt from their undergraduate and seminary years and often have little financial resiliency when financial emergencies arise,” said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. “These organizations understand the importance of the financial well-being of pastors and the implications for the congregations they serve.”

An additional grant to the Indianapolis Center for Congregations will establish a coordination program for the initiative that will help the Endowment track success. It will bring together leaders of the diverse programs to foster mutual learning and support and help build a network of organizations committed to supporting the financial well-being of pastors and their congregations.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grant making is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

Contacts:
Dr. Tom Thatcher, Chief Academic Officer,  513.244.8172
Dr. Tim Wallingford, Director of Center for Church Leadership, 513.244.8168

CCU Connection

During this season of transition, the Board of Trustees wants CCU alumni, family, and friends to have access to the latest information about our institutional transition. Be sure to access this webpage for the latest information.

CCU Connection (March 2016)
November Trustees Letter (PDF)
Announcement of Interim President


October 27, 2015 Chapel Service Interview with Trustee Ron Heineman and Chief Academic Officer Tom Thatcher


October 27, 2015 Seminary Forum Interview with Trustee Ron Heineman and Chief Academic Officer Tom Thatcher

CCU Announces Interim President

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The Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Christian University announces the appointment of Dr. David Ray as the university’s interim president. The Board selected Dr. Ray to ensure a smooth leadership transition to the next full-time president of CCU. He will serve as interim president until the new President is appointed.

Dr. Ray has led churches in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, including over 18 years at Parkside Christian Church in Cincinnati and 5 years with Christ’s Church at Mason. Since 2011, David has been on the faculty of Cincinnati Christian University as Professor of Practical Ministries. In July 2013 he became Dean of Cincinnati Bible Seminary and most recently (in 2015) assumed the role of Dean of CCU’s Russell School of Ministry.

David received his bachelor degree from Johnson University (Tennessee), a Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Tennessee), and his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Seminary (Kentucky). Dr. Ray will continue to serve as dean of the Seminary during this interim period.

An Invitation from the Trustees

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Thank you to our CCU Family for the outpouring of love and support you have given to our faculty and staff who were released on Friday and the prayers for the school we all care deeply for. We also thank you for the important questions you have raised regarding the direction of the school and would like to invite you to join us for a live-streamed chapel event tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The link is available here  as well as live on Periscope at 10:15 a.m. Follow us on Twitter @CCU1924

Our trustees and Chief Academic Officer will be answering questions regarding the recent restructuring here at Cincinnati Christian University. In the event that you won’t be able to attend the live event, the full video presentation will be available on our Vimeo channel tomorrow afternoon.

Cincinnati Christian University was founded in 1924 for the purpose of educating ministers and Christian leaders. We continue that mission today. As with many small, private universities, budgets have become tighter in recent years. We are constantly examining our institutional offerings so we can be certain that CCU is delivering a high quality Christian education. We continue to pursue the mission of developing students into selfless, well-rounded leaders who follow Christ and positively impact their community, country and world. Please continue to pray for our students, faculty and staff – we look forward to having you join us tomorrow morning.

The Board of Trustees
trustees@ccuniversity.edu

A Message from the Trustees

Cincinnati Christian University is fully committed to the Word of God and providing the highest quality education possible. We are a school that always has, and always will be, committed to training and sending Christian leaders into the local church and the world. In order to accomplish this mission, we must remain loyal to our historic purpose and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. The Board of Trustees takes seriously our calling to preserve this institution we dearly love.

We have spent the past six months evaluating the university’s future and charting a course for our long-term viability. The result is an aggressive, multifaceted plan that significantly restructures our entire organization. We have identified the recurring financial impediments from previous decades and are prepared to make the decisions necessary to overcome these obstacles.

Today some members of our faculty and staff were informed that their jobs are being eliminated. The decision to release any employee is always painful. Today was not an easy day for anyone who loves CCU, and all of the decisions have been made with prayer and a commitment to the school’s historic mission. As is standard, we will provide assistance to them during this difficult time. These faithful Christian workers have devoted decades of service to CCU. Join us in praying for them, their families, and their futures.

To our students, alumni, and supporters: we ask for your faith and prayers. Pray for our students who continue to pursue God’s calling for their lives. Pray for our faculty and staff during this season of transition. Pray that the Lord will bless our search for the university’s next president. And pray for CCU, our historic institution with an eternal purpose. Pray that all of our people will rally around the school that they love, fight to maintain unity, and proceed with the attitude of Christ.

CCU Board of Trustees
Trustees@CCUniversity.edu

CCU Announces Resignation of President Ken Tracy

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On Monday, October 12th, Ken Tracy announced to the Board of Trustees his intent to resign as President of Cincinnati Christian University. Tracy, the eighth President in the school’s history, will continue to serve in the role until October 31st. Tracy expressed a desire to return to the corporate world. He will immediately resume his role as president of TaleMed, a nationally recognized healthcare consulting company.

Tracy was appointed interim president of CCU in February 2014. The Board affirmed him for the position permanently in May 2014. In a letter to the CCU Family, he reflected on his experience, claiming, “For the last 18 months I have had the extraordinary privilege of serving as your president. This time will be a highlight to my professional career. I will always be grateful for your trust and friendship. For my wife, my family, and my personal ministry, I strongly believe that the Spirit is calling me to embrace new opportunities.”

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is organizing the search for the university’s ninth president.

R.J. Kidwell (1928-2015)

rjThe 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.

Greek Life Comes to CCU

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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.