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The mission of Kentucky Christian University is to engage students in a transformative educational experience that equips them as effective Christian professionals providing servant leadership for the church and society.
Kentucky Christian University will be a growing, dynamic learning environment featuring premier academic and co-curricular programs provided by exemplary Christian mentors.
Core Values Statements
We believe Christ is the ultimate Source and Example in providing definitive standards for the Church, education, social, moral, and ethical behaviors. All programs of the University must encourage students and personnel of KCU to come to know Christ more fully.
We believe to best attain one's personal and professional goals, each individual must be known as a motivated person with integrity and compassion. To this end, all programs of KCU must intentionally develop the whole person.
We believe preparation for and success in a career is best accomplished if goals are clarified and leadership is defined by the way in which one serves Christ and the community. In this regard, students must learn to determine how they are best called to become change agents in their world.
Accreditation and Recognition
Kentucky Christian University is incorporated as a non-profit educational institution by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097: Telephone number: 404-679-4501 Website: www.sacs.org) to award Master's, and Bachelor's degrees.
The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Kentucky Christian University School of Nursing Baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The unit (Department of Teacher Education) for professional education at Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the unit offers teacher preparation programs which are approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.
Kentucky Christian University holds membership in the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).
Kentucky Christian University holds membership in the Appalachian College Association (ACA).
Kentucky Christian University is recognized as a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Kentucky Christian University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), a Washington, D. C. based association of colleges and universities rooted in the arts and sciences. CCCU is North America's primary organization devoted specifically to serving and strengthening Christ-centered institutions. The Council's main functions are to promote cooperation and interaction among colleges; provide opportunities for personal and professional growth for administrators, faculty and students; monitor government and legal issues; and promote these institutions to the public. For information concerning additional education opportunities available through CCCU, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.
Kentucky Christian University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Expanded Statement of Purpose
Therefore, the Bible, which is regarded as the revealed Word of God and the final authority in all matters pertaining to life and faith, is exalted as the foundation of every curricular program. The pursuit of scholarship at Kentucky Christian University is distinguished by the conviction that to be truly educated one must have the capacity to make responsible moral decisions, be committed to serving the needs of others, and be recognized as a skilled contributor to one's profession. Such a distinction requires that students be exposed to the moral and spiritual principles taught in the Bible and that they are able to think ethically as well as logically, analytically, and critically.
The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff of the University are committed to the maintenance of an academic community in which Christian character and spiritual values accompany the tasks and opportunities of scholarship. Persuaded that education is a lifetime pursuit, the university provides a foundation of knowledge, skills, and values, which enables its students to:
- Enter meaningful and fulfilling professions within the leadership ministry of the Church and/or within the global community, resulting in the opportunity to fulfill the mandates of the Great Commission and to work as a means of self support.
- Influence the religious, social, educational, and business communities with the biblical principles and moral character exemplified in the life and teachings of Jesus and His apostles.
- Pursue and succeed in the attainment of personal and professional goals, including the completion of advanced academic degrees and/or promotion within their chosen field of endeavor.
- Actively be involved in their communities as citizens who are concerned with improving the quality of life for all people groups.
- Pursue healthy lifestyles and take appropriate action to promote wellness within their families and throughout their communities.
- Build a legacy for the next generation by nurturing those institutions (e.g., the home/family, the Church, the Christian college) which are critical to the establishment and maintenance of biblical values, including moral integrity, ethical principle, and human dignity.
- Develop an awareness of the inter-connectedness of nations and peoples and seek out opportunities to promote peace, goodwill, and the enrichment of life within the global village.
History of Kentucky Christian University
Kentucky Christian University was established in Grayson, Kentucky, on December 1, 1919, as "Christian Normal Institute." The co-founders were J. W. Lusby, an outstanding educator, Church leader, teacher, and journalist of eastern Kentucky; and J. O. Snodgrass, a minister of the Gospel from Iowa. Associated with them was R. B. Neal, an evangelist of eastern Kentucky.
In her earlier days, Christian Normal Institute included both high school and junior college programs, as well as emphasizing the preparation of public school teachers, as indicated in the word "Normal." This area of education was phased out during the early 1920's, at which time the education of young people for Christian ministries became the central purpose. The name was changed to "Kentucky Christian College" in 1944.
In September, 2004, the institution changed its name from Kentucky Christian College to "Kentucky Christian University." This name change represents a profound rebirth for the 85-yearold institution. The move to university status brings with it a new seal, a new website, new signs, and many other surface changes. However, these changes are only significant because they represent the many new and exciting opportunities the University has to advance the Lord's Kingdom through educational ministry. While the school's name has changed Kentucky Christian University remains unwaveringly committed to its mission of educating students for Christian leadership and service throughout the world.
Through the years, under the leadership of Dr. J. W. Lusby (1919-1937), and his successors in the presidency, Dr. J. Lowell Lusby (1937-1977), Dr. L. Palmer Young (1977-1987), Dr. Keith P. Keeran (1987-2009), and Dr. Jeff Metcalf (2009-Present), Kentucky Christian University has educated some of the most outstanding Christian leaders, both in the church and in other professions throughout the world.
Kentucky Christian University remains committed to providing a strong biblical foundation for each of her students. This foundation, then, becomes a source of beliefs, which will influence the way students conduct themselves within a chosen vocation. The belief that a Bible core and vocational preparation should coexist is distinctive at Kentucky Christian University. Her fifth president, Dr. Jeff Metcalf, is committed to the task of seeing that this purpose remains central as the University's programs expand to prepare Christian workers in several carefully chosen fields.
Kentucky Christian University is a private university with a Board of Trustees from a fellowship of independent congregations known as Churches of Christ and Christian Churches. Because these independent congregations claim no creed or statement of faith except for the Scriptures, and because no denominational headquarters establishes a doctrinal position for the Kentucky Christian University, the Board of Trustees has resolved that the Kentucky Christian University will abide by only a belief and a general statement based on those teachings of Scripture which are clearly taught and universally embraced by these independent congregations. These teachings include:
- THAT GOD is not only the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent Creator of the universe, but also the loving Father, Provider of all life, and righteous Judge.
- THAT THE BIBLE is God's divinely inspired revelation to man. These Holy Scriptures are not to be added to, nor subtracted from, by anyone.
- THAT JESUS is the Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth in the fullness of time, as Savior and as Messiah. This same Jesus is recognized as the only begotten Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, crucified on the cross after a sinless life on earth, raised bodily as Lord from the tomb, ascended into heaven as King of Kings, and is coming again to reclaim those who are His own.
- THAT THE CHURCH is the divine institution by which God has provided for the preaching of the Gospel and the salvation of the world. This Church, the Body of Christ, has divinely given ordinances, which are Christian baptism, the immersion of the penitent believer for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; and the Lord's Supper, observed weekly in the remembrance of Him.
- THAT THE UNITY of all followers of Christ can be realized on the basis of a return to the primitive pattern for Church doctrine in practice, in polity, and in life as seen in the New Testament. The founders of the Kentucky Christian University, as well as the current Board of Trustees and administrative leadership, were and are keenly aware of the many issues, which have divided and continue to divide Christian Churches. As a Kentucky Christian University, we believe it is ill advised to contribute to division and disunity by aligning ourselves, on the basis of opinion, with any party or sect. Rather, in the spirit of the first century Church and many early Christian reformers, we choose to be non-sectarian. It is required that full-time faculty members adhere to these teachings and principles and seek to inculcate them into the lives of their students. Furthermore, each student is expected to attain the goals of Christian character and conduct which are implied in these teachings. To this end, Kentucky Christian University requires that every candidate for the Baccalaureate degree complete at least thirty semester hours in biblical studies.