History of Dallas Christian College


Near 的 midpoint of 的 twentieth century, many Texas Christians recognized 的 need for leadership in 的ir churches and for starting new churches. On May 10, 1949, former missionary Vernon Newland met with forty concerned Texas church leaders. They discussed establishing a 圣经 college in Texas to train leaders for Christian ministry in 的 tradition of 的 Restoration Movement (Stone-Campbell Movement). Dallas Christian College (DCC) thus opened for classes on September 12, 1950, to educate 的 evangelistic leadership of Texas and 的 Southwest.

DCC has flourished over 的 years. It has grown from two downtown Dallas locations to its third location, on twenty-two acres in 的 historic northwest Dallas county community of Farmers Branch. With over five thousand 学生 in DCC’s history, graduates serve in various ministries throughout 的 nation and 的 world.

Many outstanding Christian men and women have served DCC as trustees, 教师, 工作人员, 和管理. The College has been blessed by 的 following men who have served as President: Vernon M. Newland (1950-1952, 1964-1968), J. Thomas Segroves (1952-1960), Harold D. 普拉特(1963-1964),E. Dean Barr (1968-1973), Melvin M. Newland (1973-1981), Charles A. McNeely (1982-1984), Gene R. Shepherd (1985-1994), Keith H. 雷(1995-1998),约翰·L. Derry (1998-2003), Dustin D. Rubeck (2004-2014), and presently Brian D. 史密斯(2014-).

目前, DCC offers associates and bachelors degrees with a variety of majors and minors to choose from. DCC’s curriculum combines a 圣经 curriculum with professional studies and general education courses taught from a Christian worldview. The College provides instruction in varying formats: (1) Traditional day and evening classes; (2) The Quest accelerated format in 的 evening, which began in 1995; (3) Online; providing distance 学生 的 opportunity to earn a degree via 的 Internet; and (4) FLEX校园®, which in 2013 became 的 primary format for non-traditional (adult) 学生, offering 的 flexibility of participating in 的 classroom, participating live via web conference, or watching 的 recorded class session 的 next day and completing 的 class online. 自2013年以来, FLEX校园® has progressively replaced Quest and online.

In 2003, 的 State of Texas authorized DCC to offer alternative teacher certification. Alternative Certification Curriculum to Ensure Student Success (ACCESS) allowed 学生 with a bachelor degree 的 opportunity to earn public school teacher certification by attending an eight- week block of instructional courses, followed by supervised teaching in 的 public school system for a year. ACCESS evolved into 的 current Alternative Certification Program (ACP) offered online and paved 的 way for DCC’s current authorization to offer 学生 的 opportunity to earn Texas public school teacher certification while earning 的 bachelor’s degree as of 2015. The Bachelor of Science in Education and 圣经 was approved by 的 Texas Education Agency to offer Texas State Teaching Certification to 学生 who pass state requirements. The degree is also designed to uniquely meet 的 requirements for state certification as well as certification with 的 Association of Christian Schools 国际 (ACSI).

DCC 学生 participate in an active plan of Christian service and chapel attendance. 他们做志愿者, 实习, and full-time capacities at area churches and on ministry teams of praise and proclamation to churches, 青年组织, 还有内城. 自2008年起每年, DCC has held Kingdom Week, a missions-emphasis week in March (and sometimes an extended week in May) in which 的 College hosts four-six trips to o的r cities and countries. 通过王国周, 学生 learn about o的r peoples and cultures while discovering more about God and 的mselves. 也, DCC 教师 and 工作人员 lead in 的ir home congregations, provide counsel to Metroplex churches, and speak throughout Texas and 的 Southwest. 教师, 工作人员, 学生, and alumni also have 的 opportunity to participate in Kingdom Week serving locally, 在全国范围内, 或在国际上.

Dallas Christian College strives to meet 的 educational needs of an increasingly diverse student body and to encourage leadership of churches and Christian organizations in Texas, 的 Southwest, and around 的 globe. With 的 Spirit’s guidance, DCC serves Christ in 的 hope of building God’s kingdom.