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Virginia Christian University Founded, Mar. 2005

In March 2005, Virginia Christian University was founded by Dr. Thomas Rhee and Dr. Woong Joe Kang, co-founder of the University, to train qualified ministers wholly committed to the Word of God.

The hope of the University was to launch a truly ethnic Christian theological training, with the aim of reforming Lord Jesus’ churches in the U.S.  The uniqueness of such an institution is its vision to serve as a bridge between the East and the West, academically and missiologically, and ministerially by the power of God the Holy Spirit for the expansion of the Kingdom of God and the glory of Triune God.

VACU exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Since 2006, Virginia Christian University is exempt from the Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Also, Virginia Christian University is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

VACU certified for SEVIS by USCIS

In August 2008, VACU is certified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to issue Forms I-20 and accept F-1 nonimmigrant foreign students for its degree programs.

MOU established with Daejeon Theological University

On August 14, 2012, Virginia Christian University and Daejeon Theological University  in Daejeon, South Korea, established the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the academic cooperation between the two institutions, expand the scholarly associations, and promote mutual understanding within the overarching Kingdom works.  Furthermore, both institutions agreed to explore the potential future establishment of a framework for educational and scientific cooperation

MOU established with Kosin University

On October 26, 2012, Virginia Christian University established the MOU with Kosin University to promote mutual cooperation in the area of education, practice, research and cooperative educational exchange.

VACU recognized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Korea

On September 23, 2014, Virginia Christian University is acknowledged as a recognized college by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Korea in South Korea.

VACU granted a renewal of religious exemption

Pursuant to 8 VAC 40-31-50 of the Virginia Administrative CodeVirginia Christian University has been granted a renewal of its religious exemption from the regulations of State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for a period of five years, beginning November 8, 2016 and ending November 8, 2021, as long as the institution’s primary purpose remains to provide religious training or theological education.

VACU receives Candidacy for Full Accreditation from ABHE

Virginia Christian University received Candidacy status for Full Accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) at its 70th Annual Meeting held in Orlando, Fl. from Feb. 8-10.

VACU hosted ABHE visitation for initial accreditation in November 2016.  With the Candidate status, Virginia Christian University is now recognized as ABHE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) Member, and is required for review in five years for Full Accreditation.

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Virginia Christian University is affiliated with the Presbyterian Churches in America through its church courts.  Presently, VACU is sponsored by and responsible to several Korean Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Churches in America.

VACU works very closely with the Theological Seminary Program of the Presbyterian Churches in U.S., and the curriculum has been designed to fulfill the requirements of the uniform curriculum of the Presbyterian Churches in the states.

Virginia Christian University is a religious institution exempt from state regulation and oversight in the Commonwealth of Virginia.