Compiled by Jim Nieman and Chris Moon
Kentucky Christian University recently hired two new administrators.
Calvin Lindell was hired as vice president of academic affairs. Lindell, who had been serving as interim in that position since March, “did an outstanding job throughout the transition to remote instruction in the spring term and with several other projects,” KCU president Terry Allcorn said. Lindell’s transition to vice president was effective July 1. Lindell also serves as preacher with Salt Lick (Ky.) Christian Church. He previously served 31 years with Morehead State University.
Donald Damron, a 1990 KCU graduate, began serving part-time as vice president of student services July 1 and will transition to full-time Aug. 1. Damron has served the Grayson, Ky., area as a teacher, principal, coach, and director of district personnel in the Carter County Public School District. He also serves as senior preaching minister with Oak Grove Church of Christ in Grayson.
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Jared Tanner, worship leader at Owensboro (Ky.) Christian Church, was featured in a local newspaper story for his long career in worship ministry.
For more than 10 years, Tanner was part of a contemporary Christian band called Formerly Blind, which gained regional success. Tanner also served for 15 years in music ministry at a United Methodist Church in Owensboro.
Tanner told the Messenger-Inquirer he grew up in a Christian home where worship was commonplace. “Watching our parents lift up the Lord is where this all started,” he said.
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Five churches in Kentucky are teaming up for an initiative called the Next Door Project that seeks to offer perhaps 50 outdoor VBS programs in various neighborhoods, all of them capped at a maximum of 15 children.
“The program is a collaboration between children’s ministry leaders from multiple churches in the county, including Severns Valley Baptist Church, White Mills Christian Church, Stithton Baptist Church, Northside Baptist Church and Glendale Christian Church,” the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise reports.
“It’s so awesome to have so many women from all over the county and different denominations and church sizes working together on a project,” Glendale Christian Church children’s ministry director Chelsea Powell told the newspaper. “We love the message it sends. Sharing Jesus with our community is more important than any of the small differences that could divide us.”
The sessions are scheduled for July 20-24, and participants can sign up to host a site in their backyard or in other outdoor spaces.
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Griffith First Christian Church of Griffith, Ind. celebrated their 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 28. During morning worship that day, it was announced that GFCC was voted the “Best Place to Worship” in Northwest Indiana for 2020 in the Northwest Indiana Times’ annual Best of the Region survey. Shawn Cornett serves as senior pastor.
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Northwest Christian University’s name officially changed to Bushnell University on July 1.
“It is an exciting day for all Beacons as we continue building on the foundation established by our founders 125 years ago to deliver higher education to those students who seek wisdom, faith, and service through a Christ-centered lens,” president Joseph D. Womack told NBC16.com.
The Eugene, Ore., university was renamed for James A. Bushnell, the school’s co-founder and the first chairman of its board of trustees. The university says the name change will help it reach beyond the Northwest part of the country to students across the United States and internationally.
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Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, Ind., is covering the $10,000 cost for installation of a “baby box” at a local fire station.
Baby boxes are designed so parents surrendering infants of no more than 30 days old can do so anonymously and safely. WBIW.com reports baby boxes are climate-controlled, ventilated boxes placed in the walls of fire stations and hospitals. Public officials are alerted when the door of a baby box is opened.
In Bloomington, the owner of a local funeral home pursued the installation of a baby box in the community after authorities discovered a deceased 26-week-old baby in an abandoned apartment.
The new baby box was installed in memory of the infant.
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On July 1, Judy Carter retired from the admissions department at Great Lakes Christian University, where she served more than 18 years.
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