“I was in fourth grade when my family moved from Indiana to Watertown,” Lincoln said. “I was excited. I was looking forward to an adventure.”
Lincoln’s latest adventure will come in August, when she returns to Watertown to join Maranatha’s Education Department faculty for the 2011-12 academic year.
The former Chair of Elementary Education at Northland International University, now Dr. Christine Lincoln, is a 1986 Maranatha graduate. She earned a master’s degree at Bob Jones University in 1990 and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bob Jones in 2010. Lincoln is the second female professor with an earned doctorate to be added to the faculty in the last three years, joining Dr. Michelle Clater of the Fine Arts Department.
Lincoln didn’t move a lot after her fourth-grade adventure. She attended Calvary Baptist Christian School in Watertown, then graduated from Maranatha Baptist Academy and the College. Lincoln taught in grades 1-6 at Calvary from 1986-2005.
“That was when the Lord dropped a unique opportunity in my lap—training future teachers for Christian education,” Lincoln said. “I love helping my students acquire the tools they will need to be successful in the classroom. My desire is to train quality Christian teachers.”
The transition from teaching children to teaching college students was a major change for Lincoln, who taught elementary education and educational psychology courses and supervised student teachers at Northland.
“I had spent the last seven years teaching first grade,” Lincoln said. “I have found I enjoy teaching all ages.”
Like many educators, Lincoln was inspired by another teacher, former Maranatha Speech Department Coordinator Phyllis Rice. Rice’s college students would help Lincoln’s elementary students present school plays.
“She is a great teacher; she was as skilled at teaching kindergarten as she was at the college level,” Lincoln said. “I asked the Lord to help me be like her.”
Lincoln’s father, Dr. William Lincoln, was senior pastor at Calvary from 1973-2000. He now works with seniors and the visitation ministry as part of the church’s pastoral staff.
“It will be nice to live near my parents again; I view living near my family as a gift,” Lincoln said.
“I am looking forward to the new opportunities I will have working with the team of educators God has assembled at Maranatha,” Lincoln said.
Now if people can just figure out what to call her.
“I was ‘Miss Lincoln’ for so long, I had a hard time getting used to the idea of people calling me ‘Dr. Lincoln.’ Some people have even called me ‘Miss Dr. Lincoln.’ I’m fine with that.”