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A Lifetime Of Service

Dr. Larry J. McKinney


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1986

Major: Higher Education Administration

Master of Arts (M.A.), Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 1974

Major: Educational Ministries, Minor: New Testament

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University), Langhorne, PA, 1972

Major: Bible, Professional Emphasis: Christian Education 

Professional Experience

Higher Education Consultant, McKinney Solutions, 2013-Present

President, Simpson University, Redding, California, 2006-2013 (Retired)

Executive Director, Association for Biblical Higher Education, Orlando, Florida, 2001-2006

President, Providence University College and Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba (Canada), 1993-2001

Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Development, Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University), Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 1980-1993

Campus Life Director/Executive Director, Fay-West Youth for Christ, Inc., Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1972-1973, 1974-1980 

Higher Education Leadership Positions

President-California Pacific (Athletic) Conference

Council of Presidents (Board) –National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Chair-Board of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education

Vice Chair-Secretariat of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Board of Directors-National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Board of Directors-Association for Biblical Higher Education

President-Association of Canadian Bible Colleges

General Council-Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Eastern Regional Representative-Association of Christians in Student Development 

Accreditation Experience

Chaired or served on evaluation teams with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Professional Associations

American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

Association for Biblical Higher Education

Association of Canadian Bible Colleges/Christian Higher Education Canada

Association of Christians in Student Development

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Association of Theological Schools

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Council of Independent Colleges

Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Executives in Church-Related Higher Education

Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents

International Council for Evangelical Theological Education

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Rotary International

Society of Professors in Christian Education

Selected List of Publications


Equipping for Service:  A Historical Account of the Bible College Movement in North America.  Fayetteville, Arkansas, Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, 1997.


Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. (Section Editor and Biographies Contributor) Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2016.

"Biblical Higher Education: Past Commitments, Present Realities, and Future Considerations," Biblical Higher Education Journal, Volume XIII, Spring, 2018, pp. 11-26.

“A Theology of Theological Education: Pedagogical implications,” The Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 29, No. 3, July, 2005, pp. 218-227.

'Christian Higher Education:  Where Do You Go From Here?"  Campus Life, February, 2005, pp. 86-88.

“Evangelical Theological Education: Past, Present, and Future,” Christian Higher Education, Vol. 3, No. 2, March, 2004, pp. 147-169.

"A Christian College Campus--The Place to Be! "  Christianity Today, April, 2004, pp. 92-93.

“Postmodernism: Ministry Implications for Church and Educational Leaders,” The Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 27, No. 2, April, 2003, pp. 147-154.

"Choosing a College:  The Decision of a Lifetime," Christianity Today, April 22, 2002, pp. 90-91.

"Advancing and Assuring Quality Biblical Higher Education," Forethought, February, 2002, pp. 1-3

"The Bible College Movement,” Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001, pp. 71-72.

"The Growth of the Bible College Movement in Canada," Didaskalia, Fall, 1998, pp. 21-33.

“Protestant Fundamentalism and Its Relationship to the Bible College in North America,” North American Religion, Vol. 5, 1997, pp. 90-113.

"Ministering to Canadian College Students at the End of the 20th Century," Didaskalia, Fall, 1995,  pp. 3-17; and Christian Week, October, 1995, pp. 8-9, 12.

"Redefining the Bible College," Christian Week, March, 1995, pp. 2-3, 14.

“Resolving the Church-Parachurch Conflict,” Didaskalia, Spring, 1994, pp. 47-57.

"Understanding Today's Youth Culture," The Youth Leader, January-February, 1994, pp. 8-9.

"Ministering to College Students in the 1990's," Christian Education Journal, Spring, 1992, pp. 193-203.

"The Church-Parachurch Conflict:  A Proposed Solution," Christian Educational Journal, Spring, 1990, pp. 73-80.

“The Fundamentalist Bible School as an Outgrowth of the Changing Patterns of Protestant Revivalism, 1882-1920,” Religious Education, Spring, 1989, pp. 589-605.

"The History of the Bible College Movement,"  American Association of Bible Colleges Newsletter, January, 1989, pp. 5-6,

"How College Students Have Changed," Koinonia, Spring, 1989.

Personal Information

Married to Debbie (Dillworth) McKinney since 1972, two married children and five grandchildren. The McKinney’s consider themselves “CanAmericans” because they have lived in and hold citizenship in both Canada and the United States.

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