The Church at Mt. Gilead Leads the Way

CCU Difference #5: Urban Hub

Volume 6 | Issue 3 | Fall 2010

The Church at Mt. Gilead Leads the Way

CCU Grads at Mt. Gilead

CCU Grads at Mt. Gilead: Fred Schmitt, Phil Weidman, Dave Thurman, B.J. Bungard, Jeff Faul, & Mitch Dean

CCU’S First Partner Church

CCU introduced our new Partner Church initiative in July at the North American Christian Convention in Indianapolis. The program has been enthusiastically received by ministers and leaders of churches, especially those endeavoring to send ministry-minded students to CCU.

Any congregation that contributes at least $3,000 annually to Cincinnati Christian University is eligible to enroll in the new Partner Church program. Eligible churches are asked to submit a Partner Church application and appoint a Partner Church liaison from their congregation.

While there are a number of benefits for Partner Churches, the main advantage is that new full-time students from Partner Church congregations are eligible for a $3,000 annual tuition scholarship in any of CCU’s three divisions (Cincinnati Bible College, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, and the College of Adult Learning). Additionally, full-time church staff members may take classes at CCU with a 50% reduction in tuition.

The first eligible congregation to submit its application, received the week following the NACC, was The Church at Mt. Gilead, Mooresville, IN. Mt. Gilead was started in 1835 and is enjoying its greatest days of growth and ministry. Twelve hundred people now worship there on Sundays. In the past 20 years the church has sent dozens of students to CCU and currently has seven staff members with CCU connections.

Jeff Faull (’84), Senior Minister for 22 years, and Dave Thurman (’83), Adult Minister for eight years, are eager for more students to become equipped at CCU:

“We met at CCU in 1980 and became best friends. Together, we were inspired to preach by Bob Stacy and were trained by a wonderful faculty of godly, devoted servants. We were able to preach in chapel together as Preaching Festival finalists in 1982 and later worked together on the National Preaching Summit. Ministering together was a dream we talked about in college, never imagining we would wind up on the same team someday.

“We love CCU and feel there isn’t a better place for developing Christian servants on the planet,” says Jeff. “That’s why we encouraged our own children to attend – Drew Thurman (’09), his sister Courtney who is a junior at CCU, and Lindsey Faull (’10), who is a CCU Assistant Resident Director. We are thrilled with the instruction, training and spiritual mentorship that has been provided. It is our desire to encourage Mt. Gilead’s young people who possess a servant’s heart or desire a Christ-based education to attend CCU. However, with the rising cost of education many parents are overwhelmed. In our present economy many are looking for less expensive alternatives. With the Partner Church ministry, more students can get a top-notch education at an affordable price.”

We are praying that more congregations will follow the lead of Mt. Gilead. If your congregation would like more information about this initiative, please call Wally at 513-240-6507 or visit to see if your church is eligible and to download the Partner Church application.

by Wally Rendel
Director of Church Relations