You are part of the DCC Family and we are praying for you during this unprecedented time, that you will be safe and healthy. The DCC family chooses faith over fear because we know God has a plan and a purpose in all of this. We encourage you to look to God’s Word and seek His face in prayer to find peace and comfort.
Please know that if you are in need, we are here for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can connect.
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On November 8, 2019, a Thrive announcement document was introduced with these words from Dr. John Derry, “Higher Education is facing unprecedented challenges at a time when there has never been a greater need for leaders with strong Christian character to make a difference in their church, community, and the world. DCC is positioned and prepared to meet that need through innovative programs that are affordable and accessible to students.” That was an amazingly prophetic statement, wasn’t it? We had no idea of the impact that the Coronavirus would have on the world, the United States, the state of Texas, the city of Dallas, or Dallas Christian College. We have found no greater time than now for the world to need churches, Christian leaders, Christian organizations, and Dallas Christian College.
The Thrive initiative was announced before the Coronavirus, which obviously caused great concern when the pandemic hit the world. However, we are grateful that our faithful supporters have not forgotten the valuable ministry of DCC to raise up workers for the harvest fields. Thank you!
As with all of you, Dallas Christian College has had to make some significant adjustments. President Smith sent out an email to all faculty, staff, and students:
“Beginning from the end of business Friday March 20, DCC will be closing the campus through April 6 in order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 among employees and their families during this critical time. (We are not aware of any cases among our DCC family.) April 6 is the date we have tentatively set to restart on-campus classes, although restarting on that date does not seem likely based upon current information. We will continue monitoring the situation and will decide whether or not to open the campus on April 6 (or a later date) on or before April 1.”
However, it’s interesting to note that DCC is well prepared to continue teaching our students with the robust online platform that we have. This also seems prophetic in that DCC began a “new” initiative for education through our online education. This week we reengaged with our students in virtual classes through our FLEXCampus format. As Gary Hardy, Director of Non-Traditional Instruction, reported, “Day 2 went as well as Day 1. Professors taught . . . traditional classes, [tutorial services] met with . . . students, and [a Worship Arts professor] even gave a piano lesson . . . Last night’s and tonight’s FLEXCampus classes went off without a hitch, but that was not surprising.” In fact, our online capabilities are helping sister colleges and churches as well. (see Pres. Smith’s video at www.dallas.edu/coronavirus)
Discover new opportunities to earn while you learn.
Department chairs at DCC (Biblical Ministry, Teacher Education, Practical Ministries, Worship Arts, Humanities, Psychology, Business, and Interdisciplinary Studies) are now equipped with scholarships to give out to top honors students.
DCC desires to attract the best and brightest students who wish to prepare to be “workers for the harvest,” and we believe that substantial scholarships will help us to that end.
DCC is NCCAA Division 1 in Men’s Baseball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men's Cross Country, and Women's Cross Country. Division 1 allows for athletic scholarships, and DCC is selecting men and women for scholarships for these sports.
The heart behind our athletic scholarships is the same as all of our scholarships at DCC. We want to attract, and ultimately graduate, as many students as possible, with as little debt as possible, who are devoted to Kingdom service.
A traditional undergraduate DCC student (with no earned credits) can now complete his or her education in three years! The degree is Accessible, Affordable, and Attainable. President Smith estimates that Degree in 3 could save a student approximately $50,000 and have them in a career faster, better, and at a more affordable rate.
Degree in 3 This Summer – “The more hours you take, the more money you save . . . and the quicker you graduate” (www.dallas.edu/degreein3).
DCC is offering 12 hours of college credit this summer to students with a 0 EFC (Effective Family Contribution) for NO out of pocket funds (see chart above). (The actual cost varies by a student’s Pell grant eligibility. The time to graduate varies with the number of hours and the length of the program.)
For non-traditional students (FLEXCampus), Degree in 3 means they can graduate in as little as 15 months!
Maundy Thursday, April 9, 11am Author Justin Bass presents a live Zoom session on proofs of the resurrection, from his book,
The Bedrock of Christianity (1 Cor 15:3-8), hosted by Dallas Christian College.
Former DCC adjunct professor Justin W. Bass has a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament Studies. He has formally debated Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Richard Carrier, Dan Barker and Mufti Hussain Kamani. He currently lives in Amman, Jordan, serving refugees through an NGO and he is Professor of New Testament at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary (JETS). Dr. Bass’ upcoming book: The Bedrock of Christianity: The Unalterable Facts of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection will be released April 8, 2020. He has also written The Battle for the Keys: Revelation 1:18 and Christ’s Descent into the Underworld. When he is not working, he is reading, watching movies (usually The Lord of the Rings), and spending time with his high school sweetheart Allison Bass and their two kids Arianna (10) and Christian (7).
DCC and a Birthday Party – At this point, we are still planning a birthday celebration for DCC’s 70th Birthday on November 13, 2020 so please save the date!
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Approximately 39 times in the New Testament we are encouraged to encourage! Here at DCC we want to encourage you during these difficult times, but we are also extremely encouraged by you!
- We are initiating 90 Second(ish) Devotion videos on DCC’s social media and website. Faculty, Staff, Trustees, and Alumni will share a 90 second(ish) thought or scripture of encouragement for our DCC friends and family. Be sure to watch for the next one coming soon!
- From Trustee Bobby Duncan after a DCC update: “Wow! This may be the best written update of progress in 20 years (many) more as trustee! . . . I love this team . . . Great job everyone . . . We are better together.”
- From Trustee Mary Helen Frye: “Brian, Bobby’s messages encourage many of us. But I agree, the reports from you are remarkable and even during this ‘pause’ they are remarkable. I’m thinking of this as a germinating time for faith, ideas, commitment, and all the other things that God sees that could use some nurturing. God’s hand of love and direction is strongly on you and all involved with the college. Be of good courage. God is on His throne.”
- From alum Cathy Jacoby: “Just wanted to let you know that I appreciate the updates. Praying for you all.”
- From alum JenScotty Smith: “Without the guidance of amazing professors and staff of Dallas Christian College, the success both in the ministry and in business would perhaps have been limited. I am still in part time ministry as God has retrofitted my talents to do ‘different’ essential services. Thank you Jesus for every day of life.”
- From alum Donald Perry: “To all my former professors, classmates and alumni: please take heed on updates to this otherwise public crisis. Do continue to ‘comfort one another with these words,’ ‘love ye one another as Christ hath loved us’ and ‘continue in the things thou has received of the Lord’ . . . love you all! Annette E., Crystal L., M. Worley, St. Juste, and all – love you all soooo much! DCC was so foundational to my success as a professional healthcare chaplain – now ten years.”
E.L. AND SUE DERR TEACHER EDUCATION
Caroline Worley, Interim Chair of the E.L. and Sue Derr Teacher Education Department, attended the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) Conference in Mission, TX. Over 2500 high school students from all over Texas competed for nationals in Washington, D.C. Caroline came back with over 130 prospective public high school student cards, and said, “It was exciting to be at a conference with such excellent future teachers. They presented themselves well, and I was proud that they were so interested in the DCC teacher education program. Many of the students literally brought their friends over to talk with me about DCC and their teaching future. DCC has so much to offer students in preparing for public school, private school, charter school, and Christian school teaching.” Caroline also talked with the public school administrators about the DCC alternative teacher education program (ACP) that prepares Texas college graduates to become Texas certified teachers. (see dallas.edu teacher education for both programs)
PERSONNEL ADDITIONS AND NEWS
NEW DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
We are excited to announce that Scott Spies is returning to DCC as Director of Advancement. Over his 14 years of previous service, Scott most notably served as the Chair of the Worship Arts Department, in addition to service in the advancement office. In fact, much of his work through the worship arts directly involved him in advancement efforts. For the last four years he has ministered with Northside Christian Church in Spring, TX as their Worship Development Minister. Scott has a wealth of knowledge and experience with DCC alumni, supporting churches, and constituency. Everyone who has known, worked with, or been around Scott always speak highly of him. In other words, we don’t have to waste any time for him to get to know DCC, our constituency, or the position. He will work in donor relations, church relations, fundraising events/meetings, and alumni relations, along with various other responsibilities. He will also work to create new opportunities for the outreach/mission of DCC. As Scott said, “I feel like I’m coming home!” We agree! President Smith had this to say about Scott serving in this new role: “Scott brings the right mixture of experience, credentials, abilities, and knowledge for this vital role. He has demonstrated ability to serve in various roles with excellence, yet I believe the Lord has specially prepared him, as well as orchestrated the timing of this transition, to uniquely fill this role and help advance the mission of DCC in a time when God is doing so many exciting things through us.” Dr. John Derry, who we are also glad to have back at DCC, said, “That’s a great move for DCC. Scott is an excellent choice for this position – he will definitely be a great addition to what we’re doing here.” Doug Howe, chairman of the President’s Task Force and chairman of the elders at Compass Christian Church, said, “Wow, that’s great news for our team at DCC – Scott is so good at everything he does. He’s a great addition.” Scott will officially start on April 15th. Welcome home Scott!
We welcome Dan Mariscal as the new Men’s Soccer Coach. Coach Mariscal has extensive experience coaching both male and female players at almost all levels of the soccer landscape. Mariscal’s former players have moved on to play for numerous NCAA D1 and College programs, domestic and international professional clubs and various Youth and Men's Women's Senior National Teams.
Mariscal’s coaching experience includes Head Men’s Soccer Coach at the University of Maine-Machias where he led The Clipper’s to a 16-5-0 record , YSCC Eastern Division Championship and coached three YSCC All Conference Players including YSCC Eastern Player of the Year and two USCAA All Americans in his first year at the helm. Coach Mariscal’s coaching experience includes:
- current FC Dallas Girls Development Academy Staff Coach
- current FC Dallas Girls Development Player League (DPL) Director
- FC Dallas ECNL Staff Coach
- Director of Coaching (DOC- Girls) Fever United- Colleyville, TX
- Head Women's Soccer Coach - Brescia University - Owensboro
- Olympic Development Staff Coach - South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA)
- Olympic Development Staff Coach – Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA)
- Director of Coaching (DOC-) Clarksville Soccer Club-Clarksville, TN
Mariscal holds a US Soccer National B License, US Soccer National Youth License, United Soccer Coaches (DOC) Director of Coaching Diploma and United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma.
“I feel grateful and blessed for the opportunity to be a part of history in help build the Men’s and Women’s Soccer Program here at Dallas Christian,” said Mariscal. “I want to thank Athletic Director Gregg Mucerino and Vice President Mark Worley for their hospitable welcome during my visit to campus. I look forward to the challenge and I am eager to be a part of the vision and start the process of creating a culture of success both on and off the field.”
Mariscal is a member of Life Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX and resides in Allen with his wife Vanessa, son Danny Jr. and their German Shepard “Nikko.”
Welcome to Matt Veasey in the role of women’s soccer coach. Coach Veasey has extensive experience coaching female players at almost all levels of the soccer landscape. Veasey's former players have moved on to play for numerous NCAA D1 / D2 / D3 / NAIA College programs, domestic and international professional clubs, as well as various Youth and Senior National Teams. Veasey was the Assistant Coach & Operations Coordinator of FC Dallas WPSL team where he helped lead the team to a 34-3-3 record over two seasons, with 2 playoff appearances and a Southwest Conference title.
- Coach Veasey's other coaching experiences include:
- FC Dallas ECNL Director & Head Coach
- Current FC Dallas Girls Development Player League (DPL) Coach
- Director of Elite programming, Liverpool International Football Academy, The Colony, TX
Veasey holds a BSC (Hons) in Sports Science & Management from the University of Nottingham, and a Post-Graduate Certification in Physical Education Teaching from Roehampton University, London.
He also holds a US Soccer National B License, US Soccer National Youth License, United Soccer Coaches Premier and Advanced National Diploma and an English F.A Level 2 License.
SEEKING NEW ADMISSION COUNSELOR/RECRUITER
DCC is seeking an Admission Counselor/Recruiter to play a key leadership role. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, territory management, prospecting, recruitment and enrollment goal achievement, admissions office support, and overseeing additional areas of responsibility as needed to support enrollment team goals. If you are interested or know of someone who is, contact the VP for Enrollment Management, Ken Faffler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DCC ALUM IS THE NEW MAYOR OF MESQUITE, TX
After three terms as city councilman, DCC alum Bruce Scott Archer has a new title, Mayor of Mesquite. Gary Hardy, Director of Non-Traditional Instruction, stated, “His victory over a popular and well-like incumbent shows how much the residents of his city think of him. Those of us who knew him as a student and a faithful minister of our Lord Jesus knew that long before he ever ran for public office.” Bruce Long, Dean of Nontraditional Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, referring to DCC’s mission statement, said, “Talk about being an influence under God’s influence!” Mayor Archer, we at DCC are proud of you!
DCC ALUM PRESENTS AT STONE CAMPBELL JOURNAL CONFERENCE
Dr. Mark Hahlen, Chair of the DCC Bible Department shared, “As I was looking at a list of presenters for the upcoming Stone Campbell Journal Conference, I saw that DCC alum Benjamin Lantzer (now at Bethlehem College & Seminary) is presenting a paper: “What is the 'Good Work' in Philippians 1:6? Paul and the Business of the Gospel in Macedonia.” It appears that he is about to complete an MDiv and MTh.” Well done Benjamin!
Dallas Christian College’s goal is to send workers out into the harvest fields. When Frank Nichols recently joined the staff of a vibrant, supporting church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – Compass Christian Church – we were pleased and proud. However, when we started counting, we realized that we have TEN DCC alums ministering with Compass – Frank Nichols, Nathan Lewis, Joseph Payne, Tyler Payne, Nate (graduates in May) and Selah Massey, Victoria Pace, Malik McKenzie, and Chris and Michelle Gabbard. Mark Worley also serves as an elder at Compass. They are doing great ministries in a great church!
- God, please protect the physical, spiritual, emotional, and economic wellness of our prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and supporters of DCC, as well as their families.
- God, please protect the mission of DCC by ensuring adequate enrollment and donation revenue through this pandemic and beyond.
- God, help DCC serve our students during this difficult time so that we can send out more workers for the harvest.