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International RCU Professor Makes Visit to Local Hispanic Church


Bernika Atchumi Simmons, originally from the overwhelmingly Christian State of Nagaland, India, and Adjunct Instructor in English and Literature for Regional Christian University, yesterday attended the Iglesia Roca de Salvación Church, Edinburg, where Rev. Nicolás Cabello is Pastor. The visit resulted in her presenting an inspiring talk to the eager Hispanic kids.

Ms. Atchumi shared on life in India, the diversity of religious beliefs, the educational trends, and the keen advances of the Gospel in a State whose motto is “Nagaland for Christ”. Kids responded with great interest and curiosity about life in a foreign land. Ms. Atchumi holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from North Eastern Hill ​University in India.

Regional Christian University thanks Ms. Bernika
Atchumi Simmons for her contribution to the
cultural diversity of our school.

Regional Christian University Blesses Edinburg Mayor's Breakfast


RCU President, Dr. David J. Hoyte, led in prayer at the Edinburg Mayor's Breakfast, citing the Scripture "Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalms 33:12), and praying that Edinburg would be a blessed city.

Regional Christian University (Houston) Presents The Passion of Christ During Peniel Celebration


“I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Gen. 32:30). This was the main theme this last weekend during the celebration of the Peniel Retreat which took place at the Regional Christian University (Houston Extension) where Rev. Jaime Arroyo is Campus Director. Just as Jacob wrestled with the angel with the determination of obtaining the blessing of a full deliverance for his soul, so the believer has the privilege of prevailing prayer until full deliverance is obtained from generational curses, addictions, and spiritual coldness.

Present at the Peniel Retreat were representatives of churches and Bible Institutes from different places. The Passion of Christ drama culminated a day saturated
with workshops and conferences on such topics
as: Marriage and Family, Overcoming Generational
Curses, Victory over Addictions, violence and
​sexual abuse, and How to obtain a ​successful spiritual life.

Shiloh University, Iowa, Earmarks Academic Library Collection for Regional Christian University, Edinburg Texas


​SHILOH UNIVERSITY, IOWA, has donated a 65,000 book
academic library collection to Regional Christian University in Edinburg, Texas to help in the strategic development of its THOMAS G. RAQUE JR. LIBRARY & MEDIA CENTER. The books feature a combination of Reference, Theological, ​and General Educational themes. The development of the library is ​​essential as Regional Christian University progresses towards accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, based in Orlando Florida. The President, Board of Directors, Faculty, and students of Regional Bible College wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude to SHILOH UNIVERSITY, an exemplary and nationally accredited online school, where Chris Reeves is the President. “This donation will      significantly improve the quality and quantity of RCU’s current library collection, and do much to  help our college accomplish its mission of preparing our  students to fulfill the Great Commission”, said Dr. Donald C. Simmons Jr., Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Regional Christian University, Edinburg Texas.

Regional Christian University Welcomes New Athletic Director


Curtis Lilly has joined Regional Christian University as Director of Athletics and assistant professor of Physical Education, with responsibilities including the development of athletic programs at the University and teaching freshman level courses in Basic Health. Lilly’s coaching experience includes football, basketball and track. He is the head boy’s track coach at Woodbury Central High School in Moville, IA, which was the 2A State Track Champions in 2017.   He also coached football for three seasons at WC.  Prior to his coaching and teaching at WC, Coach Lilly was head boy’s track coach at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, Nebraska also coaching the Mission Middle School football team in the Bellevue School District.   

Before he was at Bellevue, Lilly was an assistant football coach at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School where they were the 2008 Missouri River Valley Champions and led Class 4A in rushing yards with 3968. From 2007-08, Lilly served as the defensive line coach at Waldorf College and was head football coach at Santa Fe Trail High School from 2006-07. He was head football and boys track coach and assistant boys basketball coach at Remsen-Union High School from 2001-06.  

Lilly has college and semi-pro football experience as a player. He was the center and long snapper at East Mississippi Community College from 1982-83. EMCC is the most successful community college football program in the United States and the reigning 2019 National Champions, with the most national championships of any community college football program in history. Lilly played for current EMCC Athletic Director, Randall Bradbury. After EMCC, Lilly moved on to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College where he was Second Team Upper Midwest Collegiate Conference defensive player in 1984. Lilly was the starting tight end for the Iowa Sharks from 2006-08 and 2011 and was part of the 2008 Central States Semi-Pro Football League championship team.   

Coach Lilly is married to Kimberly J. (Keck) Lilly, they have three children, Stephanie (Lance) Smith, Tyler (Felicia) Lilly, and Veronica (Atreju) Hood, and 10 grandchildren.  Lilly has a BS from Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa, and a Masters in Sport Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. 

Academic Growth


Articulation Agreement Established

In June, 2018, an Articulation Agreement was established between Lancaster Bible College and Regional Christian University. This permits mutual transfer of credits between the two Institutions, thus permitting Associates and Bachelors graduates from RCU to transfer and complete the Bachelors or Masters Degrees respectively at the Lancaster Institution. We are grateful to the Lord for this new advancement in the life of our College.

Regional Bible University - Houston Extension

We welcome new and continuing students at the Regional Christian University Houston Extension, under the faithful leadership of Pastor Jaime Arroyo. May God's richest blessing be upon these students as they endeavor to study to show themselves approved unto God, workers that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The new semester begins on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

"Christian Colleges Must be Transformational, Not Just Transactional"


This was the penetrating message of Dr. Marty Harris from LABI College in California as he conducted his two-day workshops at Regional Christian University, Edinburg Texas, on January 18-19, 2019. A Christian college is to be transformational, that is, focusing on change and improvement in its inner functioning, character, and culture, rather than simply endeavoring to meet some standard related to governmental requirements or accreditation, without making that standard relevant to the college’s mission and vision. If a college’s focus is not on making an impact in its community, and transforming lives, its administration, faculty, staff, and student body into the best they can be, then their efforts become merely transactional, instead of transformational.

The workshop was attended by Board members, administration, faculty, staff, and students of Regional Bible College Edinburg main campus where Dr. David J. Hoyte is President, Regional Christian University (Houston Extension) where Rev. Jaime Arroyo is campus Director, as well as area pastors, representation from the local Christian School and Christian higher education community, and parents.

The workshops included training on Executive Team development, Board development, Student Life development, Faculty development, Assessment, and Fund-raising, and was culminated with a rousing message to area pastors and parents on the importance and urgency of Christian education.

 It is estimated that Dr. Harris’ visit has created a lasting impact upon the spirit of the college and planted
the seed for thought-provoking soul searching as Christians continue to grapple with the true meaning and purpose of effective Christian education.

Regional Christian University Completes Its First Summer Intensive Course


​Regional Christian University successfully conducted an intensive Summer course presenting An Introduction to Classical Christian Education, which included a study of classical philosophy, theology, language (Latin), music, Logic and the Trivium. This was a course designed to introduce Christian School teachers to classical methods of education. Five persons completed the intensive two-week program. The program was conducted by the College President, Dr. David Hoyte.​​

Regional Christian University Welcomes New Vice President for Academic Affairs


D.C. Simmons is the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will be serving in that capacity on a consultive basis as Regional Bible College goes through the Candidacy process of accreditation with The Association for Biblical Higher Education. 

The editor and co-author of Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians (InterVarsity Press, 2014), with more than thirty years as a college professor and dean, he is considered an expert in helping Christian organizations work through transformational processes. His books are used in colleges and seminaries world-wide. Authentic Media, OM Books, of India has purchased the subsidiary rights of Organizational Leadership, making it available to over 300 retailers in South Asian countries. 

While dean and director of the Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University, Dr. Simmons focused his writings on leadership. Public Service and Leadership: An Introduction (McFarland and Company, 2008), a book he co-edited and co-authored, is now used in political science and public policy classrooms around the country. He has since lectured at colleges and universities around the globe, including Harvard University Medical School. His writings have been critically acclaimed by the likes of  Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary, and J. Stanley Mattson, founder and president of the C. S. Lewis Foundation and director of the C. S. Lewis Study Centre at the Kilns, Oxford, England.

Rev. Simmons has not just studied leadership. He has also practiced it. During his career, Simmons has worn many leadership hats, including corporate and non-profit CEO, corporate and non-profit board member, university dean, college trustee, college baseball coach and umpire, documentary filmmaker, and city councilman. He has also served the administrations of governors from both major political parties. His many awards and recognitions during his career include state administrator of the year, faculty member of the year, and when he was a few years younger, even won the state business journal's Top 40 Under 40 Award. 

Simmons previously served as an ordained evangelist in Kenya, working with victims of HIV AIDS. He is currently a local pastor, which is why he understands the need for colleges that provide Christian-focused curriculums. He looks forward to assisting the president with Board development and providing leadership for the faculty of Regional Christian University as it strives to address the challenges of offering Christian education in South Texas and the region.

Dr. Marty Harris to Hold Board Development and Other Workshops at Regional Christian University on Saturday, January 19, 2018


Dr. Martin Harris holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He received an M.S. and PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State
University (APA accredited). He did postdoctoral work at Cornell University, developing a research program for students interested in working with migrant
farm workers. He has served as a tenured faculty member at Vanguard University and Bethany University and has taught and/or served as adjunct faculty at Washington State University, Pepperdine University and UCI College of Medicine. Administratively, Dr. Harris has served in the roles of Department Chair, Graduate Director, Associate Provost, Acting Provost, Diversity Officer and Vice President of Enrollment, Advancement and Student Life. He is also a published researcher, serving on the Board of Editors for the Journal of psychological issues in Organization Culture. Dr. Harris has served in multiple other roles, and is currently the President and CEO of LABI College in California.

Dr. Harris will be conducting training workshops on Board Development, Student Life Development, Faculty Development, Executive Team Development, as well as on the Role of Pastors and Parents in Christian Education.

Regional Christian University Welcomes ​New Librarian


Mrs. Julie McPhail, the College's new Library Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, a Master of Library Sciences from California State University, Fullerton, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (ABD) in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University.
Mrs. McPhail has an extensive ​background that covers the full breadth of library experience.

Professional Bio
She has been a legal librarian and researcher for private companies, a primary and secondary school librarian in the United States, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for the Department of Defense Education Agency as well as adjunct faculty member for Navy Campus Guantanamo Bay. Her practical experience, publications, and professional presentations are only trumped by her passion for encouraging student learning through library research.

We welcome Mrs. McPhail to our staff and look forward to a lasting and meaningful professional relationship with her.

Regional Christian University Welcomes New Director of ​Graduate Studies


Rev. Alfred Fisher is the new Director of Graduate Studies. He will be responsible for planning and developing our graduate program which will be launched in the near future. He will also function as Chair of the Review and
​Assessment Committee which includes development of Retention strategies. 

Dr. Fisher started his education in Christian ministry with Berean School of the Bible, afterwards receiving a Bachelor degree in Pastoral ministry from United Christian Ministries Institute in Albion Indiana. He then obtained a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Pass Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Divinity from California University.

His ministerial experience began as Sunday School Superintendent at the Hermiston Christian Center in Hermiston Oregon. He later served as Pastor in Echo, Oregon at Echo United Methodist Church, and Associate Pastor at True Faith Full Gospel Church in Cecilia Louisiana. Dr. Fisher currently serves as Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church in Mcallen Texas.

Dr. Fisher brings to the table a rich experience both of knowing God, and of being able to make Him known. His presence and support will be of great encouragement as we seek to further the vision of biblical higher education for the South Texas Valley.

Regional Christian University Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer


​Diane Treviño has 34 years experience in accounting, nine of which are in Government Fund Accounting as a staff accountant for the Office of Employment & Training, and as the Assistant County Treasurer.

Ms. Treviño also has five years of experience in the area of public accounting as a staff accountant under the direction of John Mitchell CPA. She spent the last twenty years in private accounting in the areas of Construction and Managerial Accounting. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Accounting. University of Texas, Panamerican, in Edinburg Texas.

Ms. Treviño, whose motto is “Empowering you to succeed” is a devoted Christian, and has been a leader of home prayer and Bible study groups for over 20 years. She is an ordained Minister with Abundant Grace Community Church (AGCC) of Edinburg, Texas.

We look forward to working with Ms. Treviño in her new capacity as Chief Financial Officer for our College. 

Regional Christian University Welcomes New IT Specialist to the Staff


Mr. Rogelio Gonzalez hails from a successful background in education and information technology in the areas of Instructor, Webmaster, IT Specialist, Networking, Cyber Security, Robotics, Web Design, Graphic Design and Computer Programming. We are honored to have Mr. Gonzalez join us. May God richly bless him. Mr. Gonzalez Obtained his Master's degree in instructional technology leadership from Lamar University in Beamount Texas. 

Regional Christian University Welcomes New Registrar & Dir. of Admissions


Karen Knoell received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan ​University in Elementary Education and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

Professional Experience
Karen has worked as the Registrar at Dakota Wesleyan University for 13 years.  Prior to this she was the Registrar at Nebraska Indian Community College and the Dean of Admissions and Records at Little Priest Tribal College both located in Winnebago, Nebraska.   We welcome Ms. Knoell to our staff and look forward to a lasting and meaningful professional relationship with her.

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