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Presidents & Faculty  


Dr. Iva Durham Vennard

Our founder profiled in "Not To Be Forgotten"
Photos of Dr. Vennard
A verse card written from Dr. Vennard to a student
Audio of Dr. Vennard's early music ministry
Links to Dr. Vennard's "The Revelation, a student's handbook"

view at the Dr. Vennard page


Dr. Lydia Schaum
Medical Missionary, Professor of Mission, CEI

  Dr. Schaum's life was filled with remarkable accomplishments in the face of daunting odds, from earning a medical degree in 1917, to traveling to China and working there as a physician for nearly 10 years.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude from medical college in 1917, Dr. Schaum served one year residency before sailing to Japan and then on to China. She worked as a physician and surgeon in a Peking hospital for 10 years before being furloughed due to health issues.

  Upon her return to the states she undertook a series of lectures to promote the work of medical missions in China. She also spoke at numerous conventions, including sharing the stage with E. Stanley Jones and a banquet attendance with President Hoover.

By 1950 she was a member of the CEI faculty. She continued her speaking engagements but also traveled extensively outside the United States, including a trip to Palestine.

We have a collection of newspaper notices and photos of Dr. Schaum's work. To view them, click HERE.

Vennard College

  Dr. Vennard opened a daycare along with the college in 1910, providing childcare and instruction to the children of factory workers. The college's "Heart And Life" magazine profiled two of these children.   When the college moved to Iowa, the preschool program was continued, providing afternoon education for the community's 4-year-olds. The preschool was housed in the lower floor of the Men's Dormitory.
note: in the photo below you will find our former alumni president, Sharon Cox


Mrs. Sue Harris expanded the program to full-day care as well as preschool and summer programs for older children. Kiddie Kollege was built to accommodate the enrollment of up to 175 children per day.

Chicago Evangelistic Institute (CEI)

  Dr. Vennard's Dove and Triangle   CEI Banners

  "Heart And Life Bulletin"
  click the items to see enlargements

George Washington Carver mention

CEI/CHU connection

  "The Old Rugged Cross" 
  George Bennard's account regarding the writing and introduction of 'The Old Rugged Cross"
  "The inspiration came to me one day in 1913, when I was staying in Albion, Michigan. I began to write “The Old Rugged Cross.” I composed the melody first. The words that I first wrote were imperfect. The words of the finished hymn were put into my heart in answer to my own need. Shortly thereafter it was introduced at special meetings in Pokagon, Michigan on June 7, 1913. The first occasion where it was heard outside of the church at Pokagon was at the Chicago Evangelistic Institute. There it was introduced before a large convention and soon it became extremely popular throughout the country."
  Praise And Worship article.

  Film of CEI Chicago Campus
  Watch the film at our Youtube channel - CEI Film

(This is vintage film, so there is no sound with the video.)

Central Holiness University (CHU)  

  The class of 1916,

Florence Crawford and Magnus Christensen.

Click on the photo to view an enlargement.

Thanks to Beth Welcher for sharing
this photo of her grandparents.
  The history of the campus --

Central Holiness University
postcard, 1911

click HERE to view the postcard
(and the message on the card back)

To view photos of CHU campus,
students and professors,
visit this family genealogy page:

Education of the La Favre and Christensen Ancestors
Central Holiness University