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Shiloh University will continue as a nationally accredited Bible college and seminary. The shutdown of the Living Word Fellowship should have little effect on the university, according to the president.
University President Chris Reeves said the Living Word Fellowship “was kind of a sponsor” of the school and had donated office space at the Shiloh campus.
The Living Word Fellowship announced in late November that it is closing down the religious organization and its central governing body in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.
The Shiloh church, which had been associated with the Living Word Fellowship, announced it is ending its affiliation with the parent organization.
Reeves said the university is doing the same.
The university was originally set up as an accredited online school for Living Word Fellowship congregants. Over the years that connection has lessened.
Reeves said today 90 percent or more of the students at Shiloh University are not part of the Living Word Fellowship.
The university offers six programs ranging from an associate of arts degree to doctorates. It also offers certificate programs.
Reeves said the university is taking steps to sever any legal connections between the school and the church.
“It doesn’t really impact our leadership of the school,” he said.
One step Shiloh University is taking, Reeves said, is broadening the governing board.
As an online school, university leaders are spread across the country, as are the students enrolled in the school.
“Technology enables us to be wherever,” he said, adding that he is currently looking to relocate the school offices. “We could be anywhere.”
“We are looking at where we want to be,” Reeves said.
While some staff is located in the Kalona area, most faculty and staff live in other parts of the country. A few are international in Brazil and Israel.
“Technology enables us to communicate, teach and perform our work from a variety of locations,” Reeves said.
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