Tag Archives: Mid-America Christian University

MACU Benefits Local Charities with Annual Day of Service

MACU student works at the City Rescue Mission.

By Whitney Knight

On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country. Continue reading

MACU Opens Doors for Volleyball Match Benefiting Harvey Victims

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By Whitney Knight

To provide relief for the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and uphold the “Oklahoma Standard,” Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and Southwestern Christian University out of Bethany, Oklahoma, are partnering with the Sooner Athletic Conference to collect donations for storm victims. Continue reading

MACU Basketball Standout Awarded ‘Heart of a Champion’

Photo: Malcolm Mann and John Fozard.

By Whitney Knight

Adding to an impressive list of accomplishments during his career at Mid-America Christian University, basketball standout Malcolm Mann added “Heart of a Champion” to his repertoire during the TopAchievers Performance Sports Award Gala on June 24 in Plano, Texas.

Mann, who recently received the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Game Plan 4 Life (GP4L) award, was given the “Heart of a Champion” for his honor and integrity on and off the court. The award was presented by MACU President Dr. John Fozard. Continue reading

Two Influential Pastors Receive Honorary Degrees from MACU

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By Whitney Knight and Elizabeth Sieg

Mid-America Christian University honored two influential Church of God leaders during commencement services on Saturday, May 13, at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Reverends Miki Merritt and Richard Mansfield received honorary doctor of divinity degrees for their contributions to the Church of God movement, MACU, and the world. Continue reading

MACU Hosts Luncheon Celebrating Legendary Race Relations Victory

Photo: Dick Soergel and Russell Perry today.

By Whitney Knight

As a part of Mid-America Christian University’s monthly E-Club lunch series for athletics supporters, local football legends Dick Soergel and Russell Perry held a Q&A session on March 29 at MACU’s campus in south Oklahoma City. In 1955, Soergel and Perry broke racial barriers when they quarterbacked opposing high school teams—Capitol Hill and Douglass—in the state’s first integrated football game. Continue reading

MACU Welcomes General Director to Campus

Photo: Jim Lyon speaks

By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University is proud to announce Jim Lyon, Church of God Ministries general director, as the keynote speaker for the university’s semi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. Beginning March 21, Lyon will conduct a four-day stint of chapel services at MACU, expanding on the university’s twice-weekly sermons. Services will be held at 10 AM, March 21–24. Continue reading

MACU Hosts Graduation for Reserve Police Officer Academy

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Photo: Graduates of the Reserve Police Officer Academy.

By Whitney Knight

Last week, a dozen members of the Reserve Police Officer Academy graduated in a ceremony held on the campus of Mid-America Christian University in south Oklahoma City. Four of MACU’s own reserve officers graduated from the academy on October 21, in addition to eight officers from various departments across central Oklahoma. The graduation ceremony marked the completion of seven months of evening training sessions held on university grounds under the coordination of MACU Assistant Police Chief Mark LaHue. Continue reading

MACU Honors Marvin Middlebrooks as Professor Emeritus

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Photo: John Fozard, Claude Robold honor Marvin Middlebrooks.

By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University has named Marvin Middlebrooks, beloved ministry professor of 24 years, as professor emeritus ahead of his December retirement. During university chapel services, MACU board chairman Dr. Claude Robold presented Middlebrooks with the title and medal in front of his colleagues and the MACU student body. Continue reading

MACU Holds Celebration of Culture, Highlights Hispanic-Latino Community

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Photo: Cultural attire enhanced the celebration.

By Whitney Knight

Last weekend, Mid-America Christian University held its semi-annual Celebration of Culture event, highlighting Latino-Hispanic heritage with a weekend of festivities and service projects. Beginning at 10 AM on October 7, students and community members were addressed in the university chapel by local leaders like Josue Chavez of the Oklahoma City Family Church and Rev. Mark Inscoe, a teacher from Capitol Hill High School. After chapel services concluded around 11:30 AM, an inspired Latino-Hispanic lunch highlighted with traditional fare such as quesadillas, enchiladas, tres leches cake and Mexican street corn. Traditional dancers provided entertainment. Continue reading

MACU Announces Church Leadership Scholarship

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Photo: Dr. David Grubbs

By Whitney Knight

Dr. David Grubbs lived a true servant’s life. Born into a family of Church of God pastors, Grubbs grew in the Lord from a young age. His parents, J. D. and Inez, served churches in much of the southeast as well as Indiana. There, Grubbs attended Anderson College—known today as Anderson University—and graduated in 1960. Fourteen years later, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the institution. Continue reading

MACU Declares Nationwide Day of Service

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By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University continues its volunteerism ministry with the first ever MACU Day of Service, a nationwide event with participants from more than twenty states. On September 29—better known as the MACU Day of Service—students, faculty and staff members from across the country will band together to make a difference in their surrounding communities. In addition to three opportunities to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Homeless Alliance, MACU encourages participation outside of the Oklahoma City metro area as well. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together

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By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

MACU Basketball: Buzzer-Beating, First-Ever NAIA Championship

In what will forever be known in Mid-America Christian University lore as the “drive for a championship,” Malcolm Mann took the ball with four seconds left, drove the court, and put in a game-winning layup that spun around and found the net to give the number 14-ranked and fourth-seeded MACU Evangels a thrilling 100-99 overtime victory over the number 1-ranked and top-seeded Georgetown (Kentucky) Tigers and their first-ever Buffalo-Funds NAIA national championship on March 22 in the historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.

MACU_champ_basketball_FORWEBAfter a review of the monitor to make sure Mann got the shot off before the clock expired, it was officially ruled good and sent the Evangels into championship euphoria. Mann’s championship-winning score finished off a career night of twenty-three points for the junior guard. “If I didn’t see anyone [open] within two seconds, I was taking it myself,” Mann said. “I lost the ball for a little bit, and by the grace of God it went in.”

MACU head coach Josh Gamblin, the youngest coach to ever win a men’s national championship at the four-year level (just turned twenty-seven years old), was named the Rawlings NAIA Head Coach of the Year after guiding the Evangels to their first-ever NAIA national title in his first season at the helm. “We played a tough schedule, we’re tested, and we have a lot of transfers,” Gamblin said. “They love each other and play for each other, and when you do that, good things tend to happen.” On Mann’s last shot, Gamblin stated, “I don’t think we even got Malcolm a screen, but four seconds for him is a lifetime. He got what he wanted and it was a tremendous finish.”

The Evangels win over the top-ranked Tigers snapped their eleven-game winning streak, the second time this tourney that MACU has halted such a streak after beating Biola in the second round.

“We have really good players with very good kids and two great assistant coaches,” Gamblin said. “The administration has been great and the program was built well,” Gamblin said. “We had a bad taste in our mouth from the conference tournament and we won a bunch of good, tough games in KC.”

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), MACU is a private, Christian liberal arts college of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) that’s experiencing unprecedented growth. MACU offers a range of programs, such as behavioral science, counseling, business administration, Bible & theology, teacher education, leadership, and criminal justice, all taught from a worldview that promotes Judeo-Christian values and ethics. Article originally published at www.macuathletics.com

God Particle Contributor-MACU Physics Chair Receives Speaking Honor

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Mid-America Christian University (MACU) Physics Chairman Dr. Rahmat Rahmat was recently selected as the distinguished guest at the banquet for the Arkansas-Oklahoma-Kansas chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) fall meeting. Established in 1930, the AAPT is an organization that is designed to unite physics teachers, expand valuable knowledge and overall improve physics education. Dr. Rahmat is most recognized for his work and contributions on the discovery of the God particle in 2012, hailed as the most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. The God particle was the last undiscovered subatomic particle and three years later, physicists are still hard at work on unraveling the workings of this phenomenal discovery. Dr. Rahmat’s dedication to the discovery of this led to his nomination for a Nobel Prize in 2013. Continue reading

MACU Dedicates Residence Hall in Honor of Lillie McCutcheon

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Mid-America Christian University (MACU) faculty/staff, students, stakeholders and local leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newest 40,000-square-foot residence hall on Wednesday, October 21.

“It is truly exciting to name a facility [on our campus] in honor of Dr. Lillie McCutcheon; her life’s work is a true reflection of our foundation and vision. She had a profound dedication to Christ and selfless love for his people. Though she had many titles—from national figure, author, radio/television personality, beloved pastor to powerful lecturer—it was her unique ability to enlighten, strengthen and charge women and men for Christian service that earned her tremendous respect. Dr. McCutcheon left a legacy of leadership. May we all strive to influence people for Christ as she did,” said Mid-America president, Dr. John Fozard. Continue reading