Kentucky Christian University
Kentucky Christian University seal.jpg
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Christian churches and churches of Christ
PresidentTerry Allcorn
Location, ,
United States

38°20′28″N 82°56′49″W / 38.341°N 82.947°W / 38.341; -82.947Coordinates: 38°20′28″N 82°56′49″W / 38.341°N 82.947°W / 38.341; -82.947
ColorsRed and Black
Sporting affiliations
MascotKnights and Lady Knights

Kentucky Christian University (KCU) is a private Christian university in Grayson, Kentucky. It was founded on December 1, 1919, as Christian Normal Institute, by J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass. As a "normal school" its programs included a high school, a junior college, and a training program for public school teachers. During the early 1920s its emphasis shifted to educating students for the Christian ministry. Degree programs are offered in six schools within the university: the Sack School of Bible and Ministry, the School of Business, the Keeran School of Education, the School of Distance and General Education, the Yancey School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work and Human Services.

KCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized to award bachelor's and master's degrees. All programs requiring professional licensure (i.e. Nursing, Social Work, and Teacher Education) are professionally accredited.

Twice weekly mandatory chapel services are an important part of the KCU experience and contribute to a sense of community on campus. The university is also well known for the magnitude of their worship leaders, their Christian nursing program, and athletic programs (football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, archery, softball, baseball, cheerleading, men's and women's golf, bass fishing, and cross country/track and field.)


See also: Kentucky Christian Knights football

Kentucky Christian teams are known as the Knights and Lady Knights. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC); and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men's sports include archery, baseball, basketball, bass fishing, cross country/track and field, football, golf and soccer; while women's sports include archery, basketball, bass fishing, cheerleading, cross country/track and field, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

The women's basketball team has won 15 NCCAA Division II National Championships since 1989.[2]

Notable alumni

Several contemporary Christian music groups have come from KCU, including Audio Adrenaline and Bleach.[3]


  1. ^ "Quick Facts". Kentucky Christian University. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Division II Women's Basketball History" (PDF). The NCCAA.
  3. ^ "News, Sports, Jobs - News and Sentinel".
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