Founders Day

Christian Normal Institute


J.W. Lusby placed an ad in the Christian Standard that read “Wanted – Married man with sufficient income to live on, to take interest in and help build school, purely for the good of the cause.”

J.O. Snodgrass answered that call and together they founded Christian Normal Institute in 1919. CNI provided education from grade school to college level. An emphasis was placed on preparing public school teachers, as indicated by the word “Normal”. This area of education was phased out during the 1920s, at which time the education of young people for Christian ministries became the central purpose.

Kentucky Christian College


In 1944, it was decided that the school’s name should be changed. A survey was conducted, primarily among alumni, and several new names for the school were recommended. The name Kentucky Christian College was suggested by Lela Lusby and Bob Warfel and was unanimously approved by the Trustees.




Kentucky Christian University


In 2004, the institution changed its name to Kentucky Christian University. The move to university status brought with it a new seal, a new website, new signs, and many other surface changes. While the name changed, KCU remains unwaveringly committed to its mission of educating students for Christian leadership and service throughout the world.


The history of KCU was published in the 2019 editions of The Voice. We’ve compiled the three articles into one. You can read them by clicking the button below.

KCU History

Christ-Centered Vision

“The Christ-centered vision of KCU both connected me with people whose influence has shaped me to this day and gave me a foundation in ministry-effectiveness for which I am extremely thankful.”

Kyle Davies, Class of 2013 & 2015

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