North Central University (AG), Minneapolis, Minnesota, hosted its Homecoming Celebration on March 23-25 with concerts, services, special events and guest speakers as it mark its 75th anniversary of providing Pentecostal higher education.
“We’ve welcomed our alumni, friends, students, employees and community to share this special anniversary with us,” said Nate Ruch, executive director of University Relations. “As a Pentecostal university, we have a rich history to acknowledge, an exciting future to look forward to, and an exceptional extended family of people to celebrate with.”
In 1930, the Rev. Frank J. Lindquist founded a small Bible institute in the basement of his church, the Minneapolis Gospel Tabernacle on 13th Avenue and Lake Street, in response to the growing need for leadership in the Assemblies of God. That year, the Institute enrolled 33 students in ministry preparation classes held in the basement of the Tabernacle building.
Now, 75 years later, North Central University is located in downtown Minneapolis just minutes away from the original site. The University has over 1,200 day students enrolled and currently occupies 20 buildings in the Elliot Park neighborhood.
The University has instituted some exciting changes this school year, the most visible of which is the completion of the new Thomas E. Trask Word and Worship Center, named after the Assemblies of God general superintendent and NCU alumnus. The new center houses the University’s refurbished Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary, where daily chapel is held during the school year. The center also includes a new 200-seat auditorium, two-story atrium and Allen Clock Tower.
Changes to the university’ curriculum for 2005-2006 include the first offering of a new Accounting major, and the establishment of an adult degree completion program.
After an exciting debut during last school year, the McPherson Recording Studios in the Fine Arts department has become a hub of activity divided between student performers and professional musicians. The studio has been hailed as one of the best recording facilities in the Twin Cities metro area.
The Homecoming Celebration included the dedications of the Trask Worship Center and Mensing Fine Arts Building, concerts by alumni and current students, reunions, a homecoming banquet and a 5K fun run.
“Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have come together to celebrate North Central,” said Candace Hurckman, alumni coordinator. “Our hope is that homecoming will become an annual event that our alumni would look forward to year after year.”
More information on NCU’s history as well as current activities and programs can be found at http://www.northcentral.edu/.