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

Chicago Evangelistic Institute (CEI)

  "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."
  Christian Heritage Fellowship           Praise And Worship

  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.)



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