Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon
Central Christian College of the Bible will host a retirement reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday for William Walton, professor emeritus of Christian ministries. Walton began his service with CCCB in 1980 and has served the college in various roles, including as dean of students, vice president of student life, and athletic director.
CCCB president David Fincher said he was a high schooler competing in a preaching contest when he first met Walton, and that Walton’s comments that day encouraged Fincher to pursue ministry.
“A similar story can be told by thousands of students who have found him to be their advocate and friend,” Fincher said. “We are glad that his past students will continue to put into practice the principles he taught, while students for years to come will see his picture within the Walton Student Center.”
Walton began preaching in 1958 and has held ministries in Illinois, Arizona, and Missouri. Over the years, he has trained and mentored countless ministers, and helped them find ministries. (“He has a gift of storytelling that captivates you and puts you on the edge of your seat,” said one student.) He also has trained numerous Christian counselors.
Walton and his wife, Shirley, have one son and one daughter, John and Judy, who both graduated from CCCB and are active in ministry, as well as five grandchildren.
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Ozark’s Preaching-Teaching Convention Slated for Feb. 17-19
Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Mo., will host a Preaching-Teaching Convention Feb. 17-19. The theme is “Next: A Series in the Book of Acts.” Among the speakers will be Dave Stone, Ed Stetzer, Amani Mustafa, Jerry Taylor, Eric Epperson, Rick Rusaw, and Dan Hamel.
There also will be pre-convention seminars held during the day Monday, Feb. 17, including “Exploring the Enneagram” featuring OCC associate academic dean and professor Shane J. Wood, and “Small Church Conference” featuring 95Network.
Click here to learn more and to register. Discounted registration is available through Dec. 31.
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Parkview Christian Church in Illinois is celebrating a 25-day “Countdown to Christmas” with daily videos on its Facebook page. The wide variety of short videos that feature staff members include devotionals, songs, readings, suggestions, reminders, and comic bits (so far).
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As Cincinnati Christian University prepares to close after 95 years, more than 50 students and alumni have shared remembrances of their time at the institution. Go to ccuniversity.edu to read their reminiscences or share your own.
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The Daily Independent of Ashland, Ky., reported on the installation of Dr. Terry Allcorn as the sixth president of Kentucky Christian University.
“Christian may be our middle name, but it is our first priority,” Allcorn said during the ceremony.
KCU’s Facebook page carried several photos from the event, which occurred last Wednesday, just three days after the university’s 100th anniversary.
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Ben Jackson, 27, a graduate of Manhattan (Kan.) Christian College who is originally from Budapest, Hungary, was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Jackson founded Bungii, “a Kansas-based company with a similar concept to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, but instead of transporting people, it transports people’s stuff.” Forbes writes, “Jackson . . . dreamed up the idea after moving to the US for college and receiving constant requests from college students to borrow his car to move their things. The company has raised $10 million in venture funding, has over 5,000 active drivers and has scaled to over 100 cities in nine major metros.”
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NewThing’s Multiplying Church Practicum is a six-month virtual learning community designed to help your church move from stuck to multiplying, and to help it reproduce at every level of ministry. A new practicum starts in January, with sessions the second Tuesday of every month. Learn more and register at www.newthing.org. The program’s cost is discounted through this Saturday.
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Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, is hosting a Christmas Light Spectacular starting Friday and running each night (6:30 to 9 p.m.) through Dec. 24. The church has more than 1 million lights synced to favorite Christmas songs. New shows begin every few minutes.
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Ozark Christian College president Matt Proctor shared a video tribute to Jerri Bierbaum, who is retiring from the Physical Plant Department after serving Ozark for 51 years.
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Summit Christian College, Gering, Neb., shared its annual Christmas Wish List last week. The items on the list are “needs that go beyond our annual budget.” Needs vary from year to year. View the list; anyone can donate.
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