Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon
Dr. Tom Mobley, 70, president of Louisville Bible College, died Monday morning at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Ky., the city in which he lived.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Louisville Bible College received word earlier this morning that Dr. Tom Mobley has passed away,” LBC wrote on its Facebook page. “We are eternally grateful and appreciative of his ministry at Louisville Bible College. His presence will be missed.”
Through the years, Dr. Mobley served in various capacities as a Christian educator, minister, and chaplain.
He served as president of LBC from 1990 until 2004, and again from 2016 until his death, according to a Christian Standard article from September 2018. (LBC’s Jason Anderson reflected on Dr. Mobley’s return as president in a Tuesday Facebook post.) Dr. Mobley previously was registrar and professor of Christian education at Cincinnati Christian University and College of the Scriptures in Louisville.
His church ministries in Kentucky included Shiloh Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, Fairdale Christian Church in Louisville, Elsmere Church of Christ in Erlanger, and Nelson Christian Church in Bardstown, according to his obituary at the Fern Creek Funeral Home website. He also served as minister with First Christian Church in Scottsburg, Ind., and held numerous interim ministries throughout Kentucky and Indiana.
He served as a chaplain for more than 50 years, primarily with police agencies, but also at the hospital where he died. He was a member of International Conference of Police Chaplains, holding their highest level of certification. He was coauthor of the first textbook on police chaplaincy, and he taught the first-ever college and seminary courses on police chaplaincy, according to his obituary.
The Harrodsburg, Ky., native is survived by his wife of 46 years, Alice Faye Mobley; one daughter; one son; five grandsons; and one brother.
Dr. Mobley’s funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, with burial at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday.
LBC will be closed Friday to allow all staff, faculty, and students to attend services.
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During the 40-minute interview, lead pastor Chris Barras discussed the spirit of entrepreneurship that is essential to the 11-year-old congregation.
The church now has started two commercial businesses—a coffee shop and children’s play space (which helps the church with childcare space on Sundays) as well as a community event and meeting rental space (which helps the church with its own office needs).
The church is located in downtown Richmond and rents a historic theater for its main worship center. It has been innovative in its use of real estate in the area as it has sought to provide for the needs of the congregation and the community.
Its Coffee & Cartwheels business helps the church provide a place for children on Sundays as well as a gathering place for the community the rest of the week.
“We use it for church on Sunday. But then Monday through Saturday, it’s just for the community, for people to come in, have coffee, [while] their kids play,” Barras said.
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Lincoln (Ill.) Christian University’s Church Leaders’ Conference on “Thriving in Leadership” is set for Feb. 15. Speakers will include Deveraux Hubbard, Lynn Laughlin, Eddie Lowen, and Brian Lowery. Cost is $35 until Feb. 10, and high school students may attend for free. Online registration has begun. Learn more at lincolnchristian.edu.
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A few years ago, Dahlman retraced the steps of frontiersman Daniel Boone and got to know the people and places along the Wilderness Road, a route Boone crafted for settlers in 1775. Dahlman walked about 300 miles from Elizabethtown, Tenn., to Fort Boonesborough, Ky.
“Appalachia is more diverse than a lot of people give it credit for,” Dahlman said. (We wrote about Dahlman’s book last May.)
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William Jessup University (Rocklin, Calif.) will launch a teaching site in Elk Grove, Calif., in 2020. The site will feature three degree programs: business, psychology, and education with teaching credential. Learn more about the new Adult Degree Completion site at (855) WJU-GRAD or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer wrote a feature story about God’s Littlest Angels, a ministry that meets at Owensboro (Ky.) Christian Church. Volunteers with the ministry take wedding gowns and turn them into the only gowns stillborn babies and those who die shortly after birth will ever wear.
“The ministry now has 28 volunteers who handcraft angel gowns and other mementos for more than 25 hospitals from Indiana to Florida,” the paper reported.
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BBC said, “This revamp is thrilling in many ways, because it allows us to be a better resource for everyone in our community. This new website also allows us to showcase who we are. Boise Bible College is on the cusp of celebrating 75 years of equipping servant leaders for the church worldwide.”
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College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, Mo., recently held its MomLife Joplin Holiday Market—a fundraiser by the church’s MomLife ministry, which supports mothers in the community. More than 35 vendors participated in the market, selling jewelry, crafts, and artwork, according to FourstatesHomepage.com.
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