There are several giants in the heritage of Lubbock Christian University. Individuals like F.W. Mattox, Gene and Eileen Hancock, K.C. Moser, Wayne and Yvonne Hinds are just a sampling of the people who planted seeds for future success and whose impact has continued to endure. I believe John King is one of these giants. When I first arrived on LCU’s campus in 2020, I remember being struck by how many times people would mention John King and all the amazing things that he had done. I remember thinking to myself “I need to meet this guy!” and I am so glad that I finally did.

This edition of Reflections highlights, honors, and celebrates the distinguished career of John King as he recently transitioned into retirement. Throughout his 52-year career at LCU he recruited students, established camps, built friendships, and raised support — all for Lubbock Christian University. His honorable legacy will live on in the thousands of lives he influenced through his purpose-filled life’s work. Thank you, John.

You will also read about some of the remarkable work our faculty are pursuing. This includes the launch of LCU’s first doctoral program—the Doctor of Nursing Practice; Dr. Sam Ayers leading undergraduate students in research projects; participation in an international conference by our nursing faculty; and a highlight of this year’s Wilson excellence in teaching award winners, Dr. Kregg Fehr and Dr. Jeremy Hegi.

For many, thinking about LCU athletics means thinking about Coach Steve Gomez and the extraordinary success he and his program have had. This edition of Reflections takes you down the journey of the Lady Chap’s 113 game home win streak—getting an inside look into each of those teams.

I am always amazed by the kind of people that make up the LCU community. It is not hard to look around and see the abundance of GOOD taking place. As we “reflect” on another successful academic year coming and going at LCU, I hope you enjoy reading about the heartbeat of the LCU community, our people.


Scott McDowell, Ed.D. 

President, Lubbock Christian University