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Vernon observed the decline of the church in America and refocused his energy on starting Bible Colleges committed to church planting.

The sun never sets on the work of DCC alumni around the world. This would not be so except for the dreams and tenacity of Vernon Newland. Born into a Mormon family from Kansas in the early 1900's, Vernon was orphaned at the age of nine and sent to live with his Baptist Grandmother. With such a difficult start to life, many would have been satisfied just to survive, but not Vernon. He felt the call to share God with people around the world.

The Newlands began their mission work amongst Tibetans living in China, and then moved on to work in the Philippines shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Soon after their arrival, they were captured and sent to a Japanese internment camp in Manila for nearly three years. After returning to the United States, Vernon observed the decline of the church in America and refocused his energy on starting Bible Colleges committed to church planting.

In 1950, Vernon Newland and 40 church leaders in Texas established Dallas Christian College.

In 1950, Vernon Newland and 40 church leaders in Texas established Dallas Christian College. This was one of five colleges that he established along with more than two dozen churches. Their dream was to start a college that would plant independent Christian churches focused on restoring simple New Testament Christianity. In its first few years, DCC averaged almost one new church every fifty days.

By the mid 1960's, DCC had outgrown its "campus" in a small church building east of downtown Dallas. Vernon Newland returned to DCC to lead the College's relocation. His search led him to the north Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch and H. Neil Mallon.

Mr. Mallon was the retired chairman of Dresser Industries (later merged with Halliburton) and had given George H. W. Bush his first job after graduating from Yale.

Mallon offered the College a gift of nearly 13 acres for DCC's relocation. The College bought nine more acres from a neighbor, establishing the current campus.

In the 1980s, DCC expanded its reach to the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas. This led to work in the same neighborhood as the original campus. Urban ministry is now a key distinctive of DCC as students and alumni serve in urban centers across the nation.

By the mid 1960's, DCC had outgrown its "campus" in a small church building east of downtown Dallas.

In the 1990's, the College expanded its mission to begin preparing students for service in a broader range of vocations. New degree programs in business, psychology and education were added, quickly expanding the influence of DCC around the world.

In the new century, Dallas Christian College has restored the entrepreneurial zeal of its founder through innovative online programs and a return to church planting.

For nearly 60 years, DCC Alumni have served in locations around the world as they pursue the calling to be people of Godly Influence.

The sun never sets on the work of DCC Alumni... and the Son always leads the way.



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