Dr. Robert D. Benne is currently serving as the Director of the Center for Religion and Society at Roanoke University. He received his BA from Midland Lutheran College before completing his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also conducted post-graduate study at Hamburg and Cambridge Universities.
Dr. Benne’s research and teaching interests include Christian ethics, Christian sexual ethics, Christian higher education, and the theology of Lutheran, Luteranism, and Reinhold Niebuhr. He is also on the board of Faith Christian Classical School and actively participates with Mutual Ministry Committee of College Lutheran Church and the Bio-Ethics Committee of Lewis-Gale Hospital. He has written ten books, including Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions (Eerdmans, 2001) and his most recent work, Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics (Eerdmans, 2010).
"Dr. Robert D. Benne." Roanoke College. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 June 2012.
Ken Durham holds the Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching at Lipscomb University, teaching in the College of Bible and the Hazelip School of Theology.
He most recently served for eleven years as the preaching minister for the University Church of Christ on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, as well as in Falls Church, Virginia, in Springfield, Missouri, and in Stamford, Connecticut. He also served as a campus minister at the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky.
He received his Ph.D. (in Communication Research and Theory) and M.A. from Louisiana State University, and his B.A. from David Lipscomb University.
He has written or co-written four books, including Speaking From the Heart (Sweet, 1986). He serves on the editorial board of 21st Century Christian, and writes a regular column entitled “Good Humor.”
From 1987 to 1990 he served as co-host of the “Herald of Truth” television program. He has been a Staley Distinguished Lecturer at Lipscomb University and Oklahoma Christian University, and a featured lecturer on preaching at the Abilene Christian University Lectures on Preaching, the Rochester College Lectures on Preaching, and the Austin Sermon Seminar.
He has been a theme speaker on the lectureships of Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Harding University, Lipscomb University, Rochester College, Ohio Valley College, and Cascade College.
He is married to Nancy Magnusson Durham, Lipscomb’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. He has two children, Jennifer and Gabriel, and a stepson, Cameron.
Dr. Allison Garrett currently serves as the Executive Vice President at Abilene Christian University. She received her B.A. from Oklahoma Christian University in just two years and then earned law degrees at the University of Tulsa and Georgetown University. She is a member of both the Oklahoma and Arkansas bars.
Her professional experience includes a decade working for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Ark., where she served as Vice President of Benefits Compliance and Planning, Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Division, and Assistant Secretary. From 2007 to August 2012, Dr. Garrett oversaw Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges, graduate studies, the registrar’s office, international programs, Honors, the student success program, the library, Institutional Research, and faculty technical support group as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
She co-chairs the board of the Dallas-based National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and is active with the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board. She is a published author on a variety of international, corporate governance and pharmacy law topics.
She and her husband, Chip, also an attorney, have three children, Ethan, Tori and Noah.
Hadfield, Ron. "Allison Garrett Named New Executive VP." ACU Today. Abilene Christian University, 6 July 2012. Web. 12 July 2012. http://blogs.acu.edu/acutoday/.
Larry Hays and his family have had a relationship with LCU since the early 1960s. Hays received an Associate of Arts degree from LCC in 1964. He later returned to be a teacher and coach. Sons, Daren (’90) and Shanon (02) have followed suit by studying and playing at LCU and returning to coach award winning teams. His wife, Nell, taught classes in what is now the Exercise and Sports Science department. Three other Hays children, Bandi Christman (’92), Melanie Redding (’98), and Justin Hays (97) have been active on the LCU campus over the years.
Larry Hays is one of the few coaches to complete 1000 games in a single sport at one college and has been celebrated as the fourth winningest coach in NCAA history. In spite of all the athletic honors, Coach Larry Hayes continues to be proudest of the fact that more than 82 percent of his players are graduates. He considers sport to be an enjoyable pastime while preparing for the future, and he coached his teams toward post-collegiate success.
Larry Hays has been recognized as a man of exceptional character and credibility, and is an officer of the Lubbock Christian University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Douglas Henry, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Honors College at Baylor University, serves as master of Brooks College. He works collaboratively with the director of Brooks College to ensure that students experience a heightened sense of community that fosters academic excellence, intensive faculty-student interaction, and a rich student experience steeped in Baylor tradition.
Dr. Henry received his B.A. in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Henry is married to Dr. Michele L. Henry, associate professor of choral music education and associate master of Brooks College. They are the parents of Zachary Christian Henry.
Henry has published numerous articles and co-edited three collections of writings that examine the integration of faith and learning: The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2007), Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community (Baker Academic, 2006), and Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation (Eerdmans, 2003).
"Dr. Douglas V. Henry." Baylor University. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 June 2012.
Richard Hughes has spent over forty years working at the intersection of religion and culture in the United States. Under that broad panoply of interests, he has taught and published on the biblical vision of peace and justice, Christianity and America’s self-understanding, the relationship between Christianity and higher education, the life of the mind, the history of Christian primitivism in America, and the history of Churches of Christ in America. Two of his most noted books include The Vocation of a Christian Scholar: How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Mind (Eerdmans, 2005) and Models for Christian Higher Education: Strategies for Survival and Success in the 21st Century (Eerdmans, 1997).
With a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity since 1500, Hughes has taught at Pepperdine University, Southwest Missouri State University, and Abilene Christian University. He currently serves as Director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies and Distinguished Professor of Religion at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.
Hughes regularly speaks to groups and organizations, especially regarding the intersection of religion and American politics and the role of Christians in peace-making and social justice.
"Richard T. Hughes." Messiah College, 7 May 2012. Web. 29 June 2012.
Dr. L. Ken Jones was appointed Chancellor of Lubbock Christian University on June 1, 2012 after serving as President of LCU from May 1993 through January 2011, and Chancellor and CEO from February 1, 2011 until May 2012. Born and raised in Oklahoma, he shares a passion for farming and ranching with his son who continues the family business near Cordell, Oklahoma.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in Engineering from Oklahoma State University and working in that field for several years, he answered a calling to enter ministry, serving several churches as preaching minister, the last of which was Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock.
Dr. Jones has been a student of leadership for many years, with extensive study and training from well-known leaders in that field. He is a frequent speaker for churches, educational groups, businesses and major corporations on the subject of leadership. His leadership seminars blend leadership with lessons on quality living, emphasizing the importance of mission, values, vision as well as the leader’s personal character. He is the author of Leadership After God’s Own Heart and The Ultimate Leader.
Dr. Jones and his wife Suzie have two married children, two granddaughters and two grandsons. He enjoys reading, writing, speaking, and ranching.
Lucy Perrin (Leard '86) grew up in Tyler and graduated from LCU with a bachelor of science degree in Biology. During her years at LCU she was active in student government, President's Ambassadors, and was an ARCS scholar. Lucy and Tim were married in 1986 and have three children, Hannah (22), Sam (19), and Will (15).
Lucy served as the assistant director of the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University, promoting healthy relationships and strong families. She also served as the prayer chairman and associate teaching director for Malibu Community Bible Study. Lucy and Tim were members of the University Church of Christ at Pepperdine where she was a volunteer in children's and youth ministries.
President Perrin graduated from LCU in 1984 with a degree in history. He received his J.D. from the Texas Tech School of Law in 1987. Upon graduation from law school, he worked as an associate with the law firm Gary, Thomasson, Hall, & Marks, in Corpus Christi, practicing general civil litigation from 1987 to 1992. President Perrin began teaching at Pepperdine University in 1992. He served as associate provost from 2003 to 2007, at which time he was named vice dean of the law school. Tim is married to Lucy, also an LCU alumna, and they have three children: Hannah, Sam, and Will.
President Perrin returns to Lubbock Christian University with a mission: The passionate pursuit of the intellectual growth and spiritual formation of students. Now known as "Our Grand and Noble Enterprise," he partners with each member of the LCU family in this life-changing work.
Ken Starr, J.D., currently serves as the 14th President of Baylor University. He has great experience with the crossroads of Faith and Learning, having also served as dean of the School of Law at Pepperdine University. Starr is the author of more than 25 books and publications and has received many honors and awards including the J.Reuben Clark Law Society 2005 Distinguished Service Award, and the Jefferson Cup award from the FBI. He has served U.S. Presidents and college students of this nation with equal enthusiasm and integrity.
Dr. Starr and his wife, Alice, have three children and reside in Waco, Texas.
R. Gerald Turner is the President of Southern Methodist University. He is leading an era of unprecedented progress during the centennial of SMU's founding and the centennial of its opening. His dedication to Faith and Learning have been evident in his leadership as a professor at Pepperdine University and administrator at the University of Oklahoma.
After receiving an A.A. from Lubbock Christian College, Dr. Turner earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Gail, have two married daughters. Angela, a professional opera singer, and husband Michael Wilson are the parents of Luke and Wyatt and live in Dallas; Jessica, a professional actress, and husband Jeff Waugh are the parents of Abigail. They live in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ken Young currently serves at the Senior Worship Minister at Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland, Texas. He is the founder and Director of Hallal Worship and has been an integral part of Streams in the Desert.
As an LCU student in the mid 1970s, he recruited for admissions as a member of touring music group, Hard Travelers. Since that time, wherever Ken has found himself, he has served the body of Christ with music.
We were glad to have Mr. Young and LCU’s Best Friends lead us in praise and worship for the “Area Wide Worship Service and Prayers of Blessing.”
Since 1984, LCU's Best Friends has been spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song. BF performs Acappella arrangements of today's popular Contemporary Christian music. The tight harmonies and often meaningful lyrics have blessed countless souls in BF's 27 years of existence. The group travels to churches and schools letting potential students know about the educational opportunities at LCU. Recently, Best Friends has begun serving as a praise team for youth rallies such as Soul Link and summer camps such as LCU's Encounter. Along with serving as a praise team and offering concerts, Best Friends can help with your next retreat, teaching new worship songs and just hanging out.
Best Friends is directed by Windy Babcock.
Their love of music and performing, especially traditional Western Music, has made the Flying J Wranglers favorites of many guests throughout the years. We were delighted to have them as the entertainment for the Inauguration Dinner.
James Hobbs, LCU alumnus and former member of Hard Travelers, sings lead and tenor, writes western songs and plays the rhythm guitar. He mixes in his dry humor from time to time - to the delight of some and the confusion of others.
His wife, Cindy, a former national champion yodeler is a strong and pure Western music vocalist. Cindy brings a special energy and warmth to the stage. She is well known around the Ranch for her funny, quirky skits.