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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, interdenominational, evangelical Christian college located in Upland, Indiana, United States. Founded in 1846, it is one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in America


236 W Reade Ave

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Founding Taylor University was originally established as Fort Wayne Female College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1846. Fort Wayne Female College was founded by the Methodist Church as an all-female school. Fort Wayne Female College started admitting men coeducationally in 1855 and changed its name to Fort Wayne College. In 1890, Fort Wayne College acquired the former facilities of nearby Fort Wayne Medical College that were vacated after Fort Wayne Medical College's merger with Indiana Asbury College, another Methodist-affiliated college. Upon completing this acquisition, Fort Wayne College changed its name to Taylor University in honor of Bishop William Taylor. The original Taylor University campus was on College Street in Fort Wayne. Move to Upland A guest-preaching engagement in 1882 in the Upland Methodist Church afforded Taylor University (then Fort Wayne College) president Thaddeus Reade the chance to meet the minister of Upland Methodist Church, Rev. John C. White. Because the school was having financial difficulties at its location in Fort Wayne, White and Upland citizen J.W. Pittinger worked to bring the school to Upland. In the spring of 1893 White negotiated an agreement between the Taylor trustees and the Upland Land Company, whereby the university agreed to move to Upland, Indiana, and the company agreed to provide Taylor with $10,000 in cash and 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land. In the summer of 1893, Taylor University relocated to Upland. White was able to find the resources to support Taylor University because of the recent discovery of large deposits of natural gas in the area. In 1915, Taylor paid seven thousand dollars to purchase 70 acres (280,000 m2) more from Charles H. and Bertha Snyder. The university added another 80 acres (320,000 m2) to its present location in the early 1920s when the Lewis Jones farm was purchased. Summit Christian College and Fort Wayne In 1992, ninety-nine years after moving to Upland, Taylor University acquired Summit Christian College. Summit Christian College was previously named Fort Wayne Bible College (from 1950 to 1989) and Fort Wayne Bible Institute (from its establishment in 1904 to 1989). Prior to acquisition by Taylor University, Summit Christian College was affiliated with the Missionary Church.< With the urban setting of Fort Wayne, Indiana, this campus' academic programs tended to be more vocational and its student body more non-traditional. Reflecting this, of TUFW's 1,040 member student body, approximately 224 students lived on campus with the rest commuting or taking courses online. Popular majors included Professional Writing, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Education, English, and Business. The Taylor University Fort Wayne Falcons participated in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The school offered basketball for men and women, soccer for men and women (2008�2009 was the first year for the women's program), and women's volleyball. On October 13, 2008, the university announced plans to discontinue traditional undergraduate programs on the Fort Wayne Campus. Notable programs that remained after the closure or were transitioned to the Upland campus include the MBA program, the online program, and the radio station, WBCL.

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The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need.



Nelson Appleton Miles, General-in-Chief of the United States Army Steve Amerson, Christian recording artist Thomas Atcitty, third president of the Navajo Nation Andrew Belle, Popular Singer/Songwriter Frank G. Carver, one of the translators of the New American Standard Bible Charles W. Clark, famous baritone singer Jewell Reinhart Coburn, author and educator Paige C. Cunningham, executive director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity Ralph Edward Dodge, Bishop of The Methodist Church Ted Engstrom, former president of World Vision Rollin Ford, Chief Information Officer of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc Rick Florian, recording artist Dan Gordon, president of Gordon Food Service John Groce, head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team Eugene Habecker, president of Taylor University, former president of the American Bible Society Stephen L. Johnson, former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Jay Kesler, president emeritus of Taylor University, former president of Youth for Christ Phil Madeira, award winning songwriter and recording artist, and member of Emmylou Harris' band. Rolland D. McCune, American theologian and professor of Systematic Theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary Jeff Meyer, assistant coach for the Michigan Wolverines John Molineux, founder and president of Tiny Hands International Geoff Moore, Contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter Samuel Morris, 1872�1893 (formerly Prince Kaboo of Western Africa) David Nixon, film director and producer Harold Ockenga, pastor, educator, and founding president of the National Association of Evangelicals Charles Wesley Shilling, leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine, research and education Joel Sonnenberg, Christian motivational speaker Daniel Southern (evangelist), former Crusade Director with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, former President of American Tract Society William Vennard, vocal teacher and opera singer Tim Walberg, Republican congressman, Michigan's 7th congressional district Jackie Walorski, US Representative for Indiana's 2nd district since 2013, former Republican Indiana State Representative for District 21 Robert Wolgemuth, author, former chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association



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