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KCU Worship Professor Jamie Coates Passes Away (Plus News Briefs)

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Dr. Jamie Coates, 52, assistant professor of worship at Kentucky Christian University and director of the KCU Worship Collective, died of cancer (melanoma) Feb. 20 at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Ky.

“While we mourn her passing, we do not grieve as those who have no hope,” said KCU president Terry Allcorn. “As Dr. [Brian] Baldwin said to the Worship Collective students, . . . ‘Jamie is fine!’ Yet, her absence leaves an unmistakable void in our lives. It was beautiful to listen to the students express how much she had influenced them in and out of the classroom.”

Dr. Coates earned a bachelor’s degree in worship from KCU before earning advanced degrees from Kent State University and Liberty University. She joined KCU as an adjunct professor in 2012 before becoming a full-time faculty member in 2018.

Previously she served as director of worship at Northside Christian Church, Wadsworth, Ohio (1991-99), and minister of worship and arts with Bridges Christian Church, Russell, Ky. (1999–2018).

The Daily Independent carried an obituary for Dr. Coates.

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News Briefs

Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., will host a “Disciples Making Disciples” seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12 featuring Micah Odor, minister of disciple-making and development with Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, Cleves, Ohio. The in-person ministry leadership seminar also has a virtual option; it is sponsored by Christian Financial Resources. Learn more and register at cccb.edu.

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The Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders men’s basketball team—forced to play away from home almost the entire season due to COVID-19—started the season winning only 2 of 14 games, but then flipped the script, finishing the regular season winning 12 of their final 14 games.

Over the weekend, the squad won the first two games of the Mideast Regional of the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II playoffs in Louisville before dropping the regional championship game to Michigan’s Grace Christian College on Saturday.

The expense of COVID-19 testing for the team several times a week would have been cost prohibitive, head coach Richard Westerlund told WILX.com. Rather than do that, the team confined themselves to the basketball court and their dorms during the season and hit the road for their games.

“If we wanted to play, we were going to have to go be some road warriors,” Westerlund told the TV station. During the season, Westerlund picked up his 100th win.

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Dr. Steve Edgington has been named vice president of academic affairs at Hope International University, Fullerton, Calif. He had served HIU as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011 and as a professor since 1980. He is a 1977 graduate of Pacific Christian College (HIU).

HIU also has promoted Dr. Lydia Knopf, PhD to dean of the College of Business & Management. She has served on HIU’s faculty since 2017.

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WHAS’s Great Day Live show in Louisville interviewed Northeast Christian Church lead pastor Tyler McKenzie about the church’s “Love the ’Ville” initiative, particularly with respect to projects the church has participated in since the arrival of COVID-19.

Love the ’Ville, McKenzie explained, is “basically thousands of people, serving tens of thousands of hours, and donating millions of dollars for the common good of our city. . . . We’re a church, but . . . we have so many great partners who we partner with outside of our church. We don’t really believe in re-creating the wheel. And so there are leaders all across our community doing great things . . . and we just lock arms with them and help lift them up.”

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Professor Dave Henry of Manhattan (Kan.) Christian College will teach a free class on Practical Theology via Facebook Live over five consecutive Mondays starting March 29. The classes run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more and register at mccks.edu.

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The Solomon Foundation will host a virtual celebration of its 10th anniversary from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. (MST) April 6. Since its founding in 2011, TSF has grown to be the fourth-largest church extension fund in the nation with more than $750 million in total assets. Learn more at TSF’s Facebook page.

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