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Dear Friends, The 2011-12 school year at Colorado Christian University is off to a tremendous start. Expanding on last year’s successes—including the hugely beneficial Year of Evangelism—this next year promises to reveal God’s goodness to us in new ways. We recently completed the 2011 Compassion for the Poor Symposium. Illustrious speakers shared insights and stories as our entire community reflected on what more we can be doing to help the poor. We heard thoughts from Dr. Bob Woodson, CCU Trustee; CCU alumni serving third-world people groups; experts making a difference at home and abroad; and leading economic thinkers. Everyone left with a greater sense of vision and urgency to take thoughtful action, as Jesus calls us to do. Additionally, the last three freshman classes have been the largest in school history; our distinguished faculty rigorously train students to be thinkers and leaders; those students come back from ministries and mission trips with incredible stories; rising scholarship numbers open the door to an ever-increasing number of students. Everywhere there is a palpable sense of God moving at CCU and of lives being changed. But the change does not only occur in individuals. We recently completed our fifth consecutive year of operating in the black, putting the University in a solid financial position. We are able to explore how to better meet the needs of our growing undergrad population. Newer facilities and more housing have long been a concern, and many communities along the Front Range have voiced their desire for CCU to relocate. After careful consideration, however, Colorado Christian University will be exploring how to stay at its current location and renovate our current campus to better meet academic needs. We are still in the initial stages of this project, but we wanted to inform the alumni and friends of CCU. This is an exciting time. God continues to act at Colorado Christian University, and it is a thrill to be a part of it—and to share it with you. Sincerely,

William L. Armstrong President


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Women’s and Men’s Basketball (home) Friday, January 20, at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. vs. Western State College of Colorado




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Spring Musical: My Fair Lady Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m. Lakewood Cultural Center General Admission pricing Baseball Friday, March 23, at 12:00 p.m. vs. Metro State College of Denver


Commencement Saturday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. Cherry Hills Community Church CCU Golf Classic Monday, May 14 Racoon Creek G.C.


Women’s and Men’s Basketball (home) Friday, January 6, at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. vs. Regis University


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An Annual Tradition


Compassion for the Poor

Scholarships don’t just benefit the students at CCU

Fufilling America’s Promise

Wade Brown



An Annual Tradition

On a sweltering day in August, the entire incoming class at Colorado Christian University—every freshman and transfer student—gathered in the Events Center. Surrounded by their parents on one side and by staff, faculty, and student leaders on the other, the group of 366 freshmen and transfers experienced their first “Call to Community” at CCU. While the audience fanned themselves with programs, they temporarily forgot the heat during Dean of the School of Music Steven Taylor’s perfomance of “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns. The vocal mastery that Taylor displayed helped all to prepare themselves to worship and pointed to the excellence that is a hallmark of the School of Music. After comments by Vice President of Student Life, Jim McCormick, and Dean of Students, Sharon Felker, the entire crowd sang “Be Thou My Vision” as one body—

parents, sons, daughters, and the staff, faculty, and student leaders. Then, with the temperature inside rising, President Armstrong—in his usual down to earth manner—quipped, “You know now that we were truthful when we said we’d give you a warm welcome.” He went on to assert Colorado Christian University’s goal: to act as caretakers while parents are far away; never to stand in the stead of parents, but to provide an environment where students grow, learn, and are challenged in dynamic ways. He spoke of his own sense of destiny when taking the job five years ago, and that this sense has only increased, asserting that there is no more rewarding place than working in the lives of these young adults. He closed with advice to students: “Love Jesus, work hard, have some fun, and impact the world.” This led into the unique prayers that each year make the Call to Community so memorable. The parents

came down from the bleachers and gathered around the incoming students who sat on the floor. There was quietness as they shuffled down, a wistfulness: a hope and sadness at once. Then, with strength above their numbers, they voiced their prayer as one: “...Recognizing that our children are a gift from you and that we are stewards of that gift, we now give them back to you.”

“Love Jesus, work hard, have some fun, and impact the world.”
With their parents gathered around them, the sons and daughters responded. Ready to embark on challenges and terrain they have never before faced, having been

loved and prepared as best the parents knew how, they thanked God for their parents; they prayed for their time at CCU: “...We present ourselves, a living sacrifice, and may our increase reflect your holy name.” This was followed by the faculty and staff then gathering around the incoming students—a symbolic “handing over” from parents to those who work at the University, and finally, student leaders gathering around the new class to welcome them into the student body. It was a moving time for all involved, and many cheeks were glistening in the half-light of the Event Center. After a rousing chorus of “Joyful, Joyful,” the incoming students left out the back doors to join the student leaders, and parents walked out the front, knowing that their children would be loved, cared for, supported, and challenged at this singular institution.  Gabe Knipp

[A need for thoughtful action]


2011 SYMPOSIUM Compassion for the Poor
The Compassion for the Poor Symposium, which spanned October 11th and 12th, featured leading activists, scholars, advisors, and executives who have dedicated their lives to solving the complicated issues surrounding poverty. Over the two days, students, staff, faculty, and friends of CCU listened to these illustrious men and women who challenged all to think and act in new ways. Robert Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and CCU trustee, offered methods to empower the poor through entrepreneurship —by providing hope and then providing help. He shared stories of transformation for disadvantaged people, living in both urban and rural areas, and rallied listeners to invest, beyond handouts, in the lives of the disadvantaged. Woodson was followed by stories from Andrew Romanoff and Mercy Ships’ Gary Stephens. Romanoff works for IDE (International Development Enterprises), which provides technology to rural farmers in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, allowing them to irrigate crops and access clean drinking water. Mercy Ships travels throughout Western Africa offering men and women basic healthcare— cataract surgery, tumor and cleft palette reconstruction, obstetric care, dental procedures, and orthopedic surgeries—all aboard a state-of-the-art medical ship. After the joint session, small groups broke off into workshops, learning firsthand from visionaries whose work ranged from Cambodia to a few miles away in Lakewood. These workshops, beyond the telling of transformative stories, suggested ways to get involved in these dynamic efforts. In the evening, the community watched the important movie Waiting for Superman —a look at the problems in America’s urban schools. It was a moving time, and one that encouraged a response to the injustice here at home. Wednesday, October 12th saw Lawrence Reed and Paul Cleveland speak on the need for liberty in solving the problem of poverty. Reed appealed to the example of 19th century presidents in responding to this crisis in America, while Cleveland stressed areas where government has overstepped its role, thereby causing a loss of dignity and greater harm. Both men vocalized the need for character growth and spiritual awakening. President Armstrong concluded the 2011 Symposium by calling the community to action. He delineated ten steps which he would take as a result of this time—beginning with prayer. This led the way for Joe Walters to lead the gathering in communion. It was a fitting way to end the 2011 Symposium, with an affectionate remembrance of He who rescued us all.  Gabe Knipp


it is more blessed to give
Lacey Landenberger

[ Scholarships don’t just benefit the students at CCU ]

Like a lot of families, the Landenbergers realize the value of a college education. And, like a lot of families, a college education—especially at a private, Christian school—can seem out of reach. “My father is a pastor and my mother just went back to teaching kindergarten,” Lance Landenberger, the second of seven children, says. “They are unable to help pay for our college education.” For Lance, his older sister Lacey, and two other Landenbergers who have followed their siblings to CCU—Grant and Reece—financial aid has proven a godsend. “Going to a private school is never inexpensive,” says Lance, “but CCU is well worth the money, and the Kirchner Endowed Scholarship has been a great blessing.” He adds, “I would not have been able to come here otherwise.” All the Landenbergers have also worked in the CCU mailroom as part of the CCU Work Study Program, in order to cut the cost of education even more. That is where they met Jim Klawitter.

The Support Services Manager at CCU, Jim arrived in January of 2007 when Lacey Landenberger—Lance’s older sister—was essentially running the mailroom. Jim’s position had been vacant for a while, and it was up to the student leader of the mailroom to ensure that nothing, quite literally, was lost in the mail. Lacey immediately stepped in to help, even training her new supervisor. “She took me under her wing,” Jim says, “and helped me feel comfortable.” At the beginning of his freshman year, Lance followed his sister into Jim Klawitter’s mailroom. He was much like Lacey, in terms of his work ethic and kindness, but very different in personality. At first, Lance quietly did his work without much interaction. It took Jim some time to get to know this young man, until he realized Lance’s sense of humor. “I would tease him a lot,” Jim confesses, “which helped Lance open up. He was a jokester.”

Jim views working in the mailroom as a ministry, he has learned that ministry is a two-way street: as he ministered to the Landenbergers, they ministered to those around them—including Jim. It became a special relationship. “When Lance graduated this past year he sent me a thank you card for the graduation gift we had given him,” Jim recounts. In it he wrote, “Jim, I’m going to do my best to make you proud.” Because of this, Jim takes a different view of financial aid scholarships. The scholarships do not simply enable the Landenbergers to receive a quality, Christian education; they help CCU, as well. “The Landenbergers definitely benefit the CCU community—whatever financial aid is extended is money well spent. Because of the investment made in these young men and women, they’ll make a great difference in the world.” Jim reminds us that the benefits of financial aid reach beyond the families that could not otherwise send their kids to college. It benefits Colorado Christian University— and ultimately, the Kingdom of God. Besides, Lance Landenberger is certainly on board. When asked about future plans, he answered, “I hope to help other students, receive the same quality education and experiences that I Gabe Knipp was blessed to receive here at CCU.”


Besides being a jokester, Lance was becoming a man who followed closely after God. He led the devotional or prayer at team meetings and headed a discipleship group. “While he started with a good foundation,” Jim asserts, “Lance found his place here, developed great relationships, and became his own person.” Lance agrees. “The best thing about being at ccu is the ability to live with people who will challenge, disciple, love, and stand beside you through the struggles you face in life. The staff, faculty, and students have selfless hearts for those around them.” Perhaps no staff or faculty member has spent more time with the Landenbergers than Jim, and he considers himself the beneficiary of those relationships. While

Fulfilling America's Promise 2011 Western Conservative Summit
During the weekend of July 29-31, the Western Conservative Summit 2011 drew more than 1,000 delegates from 25 states to Denver, CO. Presidential candidates Rick Perry, governor of Texas, and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum each presented his vision for leadership at the Summit’s welcome dinner, and Herman Cain, also running for president, spoke on Sunday morning. The three-day event considered such questions as: Are freedom and responsibility on a comeback? Does America still lead the world? Is conservativism more than politics and economics? Will the USA see another 100 years? Can the Tea Party revive the GOP? and How will Election 2012 play out? Additional speakers included: -Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton -Fox News Analysts Juan Williams and Dick Morris -Syndicated Newspaper Columnist Cal Thomas -Democratic Pollster Pat Caddell -Salem Radio Talk Show Host Dennis Prager -Vice President of Young America’s Foundation Kate Obenshain -President of the American Enterprise Institute Arthur Brooks



The Western Conservative Summit originated in 2010 with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) as keynoter and crowds overflowing a 600-seat facility in Douglas County. This year’s event, relocated to a larger venue downtown, was presented in partnership with 710 KNUS, Independence Institute, Colorado Union of Taxpayers, Focus on the Family, and the Heritage Foundation. CENTENNIAL INSTITUTE The Centennial Institute exists to enhance public understanding of prominent issues relating to faith, family, and freedom in our nation. As the think tank of Colorado Christian University, it sponsors research, events, and publications in order to foster these ideals and teach responsible citizenship. The Centennial Institute hosts lectures and debates throughout the year, and each summer the Western Conservative Summit features respected journalists and political leaders at the center of the national conversation. With a mission to guide our nation far into the future, the Centennial Institute continues to be a resounding voice for ethical conduct and responsibility. By proclaiming Truth, the Centennial Institute continues to foster faith, family, and freedom, teach citizenship, and renew the spirit of 1776.
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the country to help pastors. “I help them thrive not just when they are on the mountaintop, but also when they feel like they are drowning in a river. God forgives all things and wastes no tears. I help them to remember that there is a God who redeems.” As an adjunct professor, Wade teaches pivotal introductory courses that all new CAGS students are required to attend. He shares his journey with his students as they explore spiritual foundations and worldviews together. His shepherd’s heart ensures that he’s always looking for ways to mentor and minister to his students in the midst of academics. Wade loves helping students come closer to understanding their unique calling in life and fully engaging with who God has wired them to be. Wade has noticed a recent shift toward younger students in his classes. In his current class, he has five millennial generation students. He’s passionate about the richness that having students from multiple generations in one class can provide. From the twenty-somethings to the baby boomers, Wade’s students know that he is their advocate. CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies employs a learning model designed to meet the needs of today’s adult undergraduate and graduate students. It combines proven adult education methods, including small group discussion and group projects, with an accelerated course format. Courses can be completed in weeks, rather than months. Ensuring the model’s success are CCU faculty members like Wade Brown who are chosen not only for their academic knowledge but also for their professional experience. The result is a learning experience tailored to the time-sensitive, working adult that promotes critical thinking, application to real life issues, and spiritual formation. Trisha Smith

While teaching at Colorado Christian University for the past decade, Wade Brown has made connections with College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) students on many levels. The most obvious connection point is that Wade is one of them. Like many CAGS students, he was 34 years old when he completed his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management after spending 16 years in the Air Force. He has personal experience with balancing work, family commitments, financial commitments, and school. Wade truly understands the demands that his students face, and he admires the commitment they have made to complete their education. Wade readily admits, “I love and admire adult students. They face so many competing time demands.” He recalls his own awakening to the reality of needing an undergraduate degree in order to pursue his life work. “I sensed God stirring in my heart the desire to attend seminary.” After completing his B.S. at CCU, Wade earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, became a pastor, and now serves as a pastor to pastors. He’s had the exciting opportunity for the past three years to work with Focus on the Family and travel across

We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)

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Denver Bible Institute Established

Denver Bible Institute Becomes Denver Bible College

Western Bible Institute Established

Denver Bible College Becomes Rockmont College

DEAR ALUMNI, It is incredible to believe that we’ve nearly completed another fall semester at CCU. The time goes so quickly—many of our alumni are now sending children and even grandchildren off to college. As the days go by, we desire to be the bridge that connects your past at CCU to the many opportunities to stay involved in the future of the University. This year, the Alumni Relations team is actively working to serve you through a variety of engagement opportunities, and we’re being more intentional than ever before to communicate with you. We had a record turnout for Homecoming. Young alumni and families had fun at the Lunch and Family Carnival, and the faith of our heritage alumni who attend the Heritage Alumni Prayer Brunch is always encouraging and personally convicting for me. Alumni have asked for more information about current campus happenings and how they can remain a part of the CCU family. There is so much going on at CCU—please join us! The Colorado Christian Alumni Facebook page is a great place to connect with fellow alumni and faculty, and we’re frequently updating it with information about music, athletic, Centennial Institute, and even career development events. Many of our events are now being streamed over the Internet, so even if you’re not right here in Colorado, you can still participate in the vibrant CCU family. We strive after excellence as we facilitate these opportunities. As your Director of Alumni Relations, I value your feedback—your ideas, suggestions, and participation in future alumni events. If you’re not receiving our regular email, print, or social media correspondence, please let me know. Email with your preferred contact method and full name, and we’ll make sure you are added to our correspondence list. Thank you for continuing to take hold of the challenge to “impact the world for Christ” in your careers, ministry involvements, and families. It’s a pleasure to serve the King of kings with you! Christi Kirchner Director of Alumni Relations 303.963.3337

This section of the Colorado Christian Connection is designed to encourage alumni to stay connected. If you’ve had a recent change in your life (i.e. engagement, wedding, birth, new job, promotion,
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or something else exciting), we’d like to hear about it. Submit your news and photos to

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Western Bible Institute Becomes Western Bible College

Colorado Baptist University Established

Western Bible College and Rockmont College merge to form Colorado Christian College

1989 - Present
Colorado Christian College and Colorado Baptist University merge to form Colorado Christian University

Alumni News
SETAN AARON LEE, 1993 recently co-authored Miracles in the Forgotten Land and Beyond with his wife, a book written to tell God’s story in their lives during the infamous Cambodian killing fields, 1975-1979. After graduating from CCU, Setan and Randa founded TransformAsia, previously known as Kampuchea for Christ, in 1995. Currently, Setan is the President/ CEO of Transform Asia, and Randa is the director of Women’s and Children’s Ministries. LOUWANDA WHEELER, 2003 After receiving her Business Degree from CCU, LouWanda is now working on her Biblical Counselor certification through The Institute of Soteric Counseling. Her recent thesis on Biblical Forgiveness won her a scholarship to attend an international conference in Ethiopia to present her material. DANIEL SEATVET, 2006 Daniel recently experienced growth in two job transitions. He’s now advising in the Career Services department at Colorado Technical University and was also promoted to Partner and Director of Recruiting at Ryan 5 Corporation. He continues to day trade on the side, serve on the Board of Directors for Every Kid Matters, a local non-profit, and pursue ordination as a Deacon through Wellspring Anglican Church. BRIDGET MANLEY, 2007 Bridget works for the Craig Daily Press and was recently assigned to cover the Moffat County School District and The Memorial Hospital in Craig, Colorado in addition to general assignments. Congratulations Bridget! BRIDGET MANLEY ASHLEY (VERMILLION) DOBBS, 2007 Congratulations to Erik and Ashley Dobbs on their recent marriage. May you walk in faithfulness as you serve God together. CATHY WHITE, 2010 Since receiving her Psychology degree from CCU, Cathy and her husband Robert have formed a nonprofit equine therapy program. Owl Hollow Farm provides healing to horses while bringing joy and hope to children in crisis. AARON BOGDANOVICH, 2010 Congratulations to Aaron and Leah Bagdanovich on their recent marriage. May God bestow many blessings on you for years to come. ASHLEY DOBBS DAWN VALLEJOS, 1994 & 2001 Dawn is currently teaching K-5 general music at Eagle Valley Elementary in Eagle, CO. Dawn also completed her Master’s in Music Education from Colorado State University.

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The Importance
As far back as she can remember, Carol has had a passion for growing plants, flowers, vegetables, and just about anything else that required a meticulously caring green thumb. Using their degrees in Horticultural Science, Carol and her late husband, Ray started a commercial greenhouse in Denver in 1948.

of Planting a Seed
Carol describes Colorado Christian University as, “a place that is based on Biblical principles and teaches the truth about traditional family values” and is “wholesome and desirable.” Chuck and Carol looked for an institution that teaches students about the importance of upholding traditional family values—they found this in abundance at Colorado Christian University. After reading the most recent Colorado Christian Connection, Carol and Chuck learned they could support CCU through a Charitable Gift Annuity. CCU’s unique gift annuity program enabled Carol to gain lifetime income and provide an immediate gift to CCU. When asked why she supports CCU, she responded, “CCU is a very worthwhile cause in this day and age, they are a voice of hope for young people who are crying for guidance and leadership.” If you would like to learn how a Charitable Gift Annuity can provide lifetime income to you AND provide an immediate gift to CCU, please contact CCU’s Office of Development at (303) 963-3330 or by Dan Westermann email

…like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants... Mark 4:31-32.
Carol understands the importance of planting and cultivating a seed, both physical and spiritual, particularly during the formative years of college. After raising five sons and one daughter, Carol began to see the importance of teaching traditional family values to her children, and ensuring that those values were further enhanced in college, not diminished. She places a tremendous amount of value in what a student learns shortly after high school. The valuable maturation process of seeds planted during one’s childhood often occurs during college. Jesus illustrated the essential process of cultivation in one parable by describing the Kingdom of God “…like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants...” Mark 4:31-32. Carol and her husband, Chuck (pictured right), were first introduced to Colorado Christian University through attending Windsor Gardens Church, a church pastored at that time by CCU President Emeritus, Dr. David Beckman. They immediately sensed that CCU was different than most universities. Throughout the past several years Chuck and Carol have attended lectures on the Lakewood campus and had other interactions with students on campus and explain that they feel an, “upbeat attitude on the entire campus.”

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GREG STIER PRESIDENT AND COFOUNDER OF DARE2SHARE MINISTRIES Degree Earned: B.A. IN YOUTH MINISTRY Class Year: 1988 In 1991, Greg cofounded Dare2Share Ministries part time in Arvada, Colorado. The goal was to mobilize students at every high school and middle school in America as relentless followers of Christ who develop a relational, lifetime habit of helping others do the same. Dare2Share is now a full time ministry that holds annual conferences nationwide and has trained numerous youth leaders, published nine books, developed a wide line of online media, and produced two reality video series. While at Colorado Christian University, Greg developed his theological framework and ministry philosophy. Teenagers value authenticity and a personal environment, so Greg incorporates these elements in his approach. Despite critics’ jabs, he still unabashedly presents the reality of heaven and hell and the eternal ultimatum, but in teen language, and has found it really resonates, however uncomfortable the topic. To date, he’s helped mobilize close to 400,000 teenagers from all fifty states.

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