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Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is a private Christian university in Lincoln, Illinois. It maintains extension sites in Normal, Illinois, metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana, and Las Vegas, Nevada. LCU is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ.

Lincoln Christian University
Official Logo of Lincoln Christian College
Established1944 (1944)
AffiliationChristian churches and churches of Christ
PresidentDon Green
Administrative staff
ColorsRed, White
NicknameRed Lions

LCU provides four year, co-educational, residential Bible college offerings including Certificates, Associate's, and Bachelor's degrees.[1] LCU's graduate seminary offers Master's degrees (including a Master of Divinity) and a Doctor of Ministry degree.[1] The university also offers continuing educational programs at its various sites and online.[2]



LCU was founded in 1944 as Lincoln Bible Institute,[2] 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.[2]

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.


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 Association for Biblical Higher Education Directory. Accessed 9 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "LCCS to become LCU." Lincoln Courier, 6 May 2009. Archived 14 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-03-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "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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