Nebraska Christian College Unveils New Athletics Mascot & Logo

The SENTINELS to field four teams this Fall


PAPILLION, NE :: As the culmination of a thorough and strategic process, the Nebraska Christian College (NCC) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics proudly unveils its new mascot and logos. After soliciting input from various constituents within the NCC community, SENTINELS was chosen from a wide-ranging list of suggestions.

Defined as a guardian or protector, SENTINELS represents the culture and ethos of NCC well. Synonyms include: lookout, sentry, defender, watchman, and gatekeeper.

New logos have been developed and adopted to represent NCC athletics teams and program, both on and off the field of play. The SENTINELS icon depicts the front view of a sentry’s helmet. The cross that prominently adorns the helmet represents NCC’s Christian roots, heritage, and belief system. It is identical to the cross element used in the institutional logo of Hope International University who merged with NCC in 2016. The shape of the opening in the face of the helmet depicts a person engaged in worship at the foot of the cross, arms raised in praise and adoration.

NCC recently announced the return of athletics beginning the Fall of 2017. NCC initially will offer four intercollegiate sports: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball. NCC is now a member of the NCCAA Division 1 Central Region with a future goal to also compete in the NAIA. This will be the first time in NCC history that the school will be offering athletic scholarships to student athletes.

NCC’s vision is to build a competitive athletic program while continuing to nourish the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of all students as they prepare for their respective vocation.

For more details about NCC Athletics, including scholarship information, please contact Willie Williams, Athletic Director: email or call 303-947-1797.

Tony Brandt - 2017 Alumni Council Chair

Tony Brandt, Lead Pastor at Central Church of Christ in Griswold, Iowa and a 1986 Alum of Nebraska Christian College, is the new Chair of the NC Alumni Council for 2017. Tony has been an active member of the council for 3 years under the past leadership of Jerry Beckenhauer. Tony said he accepted the position of Chair because “Jerry deserves a much needed break! But more importantly, because I want to be an active part of encouraging past and future generations of NC Alumni.”

Tony has a long history with NC.  Last year, while preaching at one of the college chapel services, he said, “I was that seven-year-old who moved to Norfolk, Nebraska for my first introduction to this school.  My dad (Carl Brandt) graduated from here in 1976, while my mom also attended classes at Nebraska Christian. They were the first generation of Brandts. Since that time, there have been nine more members of the Brandt family that sat in classes and chapel services at NC. They include a second generation:  myself, two sisters, my brother, and a sister- in-law. The third generation of Brandts to attend NC are my niece (Nicole), my nephew (Christian), and our two sons, Dillon and Brighton (the most recent).”

Tony and wife Monica have been in Griswold for 5 years where they are currently in the midst of a building project for their growing church and where Tony will be hosting the Iowa Rural and Small Church Conference on Saturday, March 11.          

As Nebraska Christian College moves forward in partnership with Hope International University, the Alumni Council has a major support role to fill. Among other projects occurring throughout the year, they are currently making plans for HOMECOMING for Alumni and Friends at NC on Saturday, June 17 (watch for more details). The Alumni Council encourages all alumni to get involved as we work together to help NC students, faculty, and staff fulfill their Kingdom Mission!

If you would like to get in touch with Tony, you can email him at

For additional questions or comments regarding the alumni you can also contact Jane Jech at (641) 751-7591 or   

Athletics Returns to Nebraska Christian College

NC to field teams in four sports beginning Fall 2017 

PAPILLION, NE :: Nebraska Christian College (NC) proudly announces the return of athletics to our campus beginning the Fall of 2017. NC will offer four intercollegiate sports in the fall: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball. We are pursuing membership in the NCCAA Division 1- Central Region with a goal to also competing in the NAIA. This will be the first time in NC history that the school will be offering athletic scholarships to student athletes.

Late last year, NC hired Willie Williams (2006 alum) as Athletic Director, who also will serve as Head Coach of men’s basketball. Williams now begins the process of hiring head coaches and actively recruiting Christian student athletes.

NC’s vision is to build a competitive athletic program while continuing to nourish the spiritiual, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of all student athletes as they prepare for their respective vocation.

Interested coaching applicants or student athletes should contact the following for more information:

Willie Williams, MS, MA
Athletic Director
Head Men's Basketball Coach

Nebraska Christian College of Hope International University
12550 South 114th Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046

Mobile: 303.947.1797

Welcome Coach Willie Williams

new athletic director at nebraska christian college

Coach Willie Williams began his coaching career at Papillion-La Vista South high school as a Varsity Assistant Coach under his former high school coach, Joel Hueser.  This coaching staff guided the team to a second seed in districts and numerous team and individual records.  Coach Williams was then named as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach of Grace University for Fall 2011 and led the team to a 19-13 record in his first full season, a Regional Championship, Regional Coach of the Year, and a spot in the National Tournament.  Coach Williams received three consecutive NCCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year honors and directed Grace to three consecutive NCCAA Division II Regional Championships and three consecutive NCCAA Division II National Tournaments (2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14). In his five full seasons at Grace, his conference record is 41-15 and his overall collegiate coaching record is 82.77. During this time he had numerous All-Americans and All-Region players along with a number of Scholar-Athletes.

Coach Williams began his collegiate career at Nebraska Christian College where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and played for the Parsons from 2004-2006.  At NCC, he earned first team All-Conference, second team All-Region, and team Most Valuable Player honors. Williams transferred to Grace University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Teacher Education-Secondary History and Coaching and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He played for the Royals under Coach Thad Mott and served as team captain, received the Total Release Award, and helped lead the Royals to a Regional Championship and their first NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2008. 

Williams also has earned a Master of Science in Education-Curriculum and Instruction from Peru State College in 2011, and a Master of Arts in Human Performance and Physical Education from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, in 2013.

Williams started out as an Athletic Recruiter in which he brought in a record number of 82 new students in Fall of 2013. He also served as an athletic administrator in the role of Assistant Athletic Director at Grace University for three years.  He then was named the Interim Athletic Director in which he played an integral role in adding Women’s Soccer, Baseball, and two JV Programs to the Athletic Department as well as transitioning the Athletic Programs from NCCAA Division II to NCCAA Division I.  After serving for a year as the Interim Athletic Director, Coach Williams was named the Athletic Director where he added the Softball Program, developed the Royal Pride (athletic booster club), and oversaw the launch of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Williams life verse is Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Passion and work ethic are the keys to what Williams looks for in his staff and in his players.  He wants those that have a passion for Christ, a passion for academics, and a passion for athletics.  Proverbs 14:23 states, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” He believes a disciplined work ethic is key to a Program’s success.

Coach Williams has been married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Kendra, for over ten years.  They have three boys: Tre (7), Carter (4), and Drake (19m). As a Family they enjoy ‘movie night’, getting ice cream and cruising, and being in the gym.  They are part of the Calvary Christian Church family that worships at the MEC on Nebraska Christian College Campus.  

NC Alumna Hired as Director of Church Relations & Development

Jane Jech, an alumna of Nebraska Christian College, has accepted the position of Director of Church Relations and Development.  Jech, who lives in Marshalltown, Iowa, will travel throughout the region on behalf of the institution, keeping alumni, donors, and churches up to date on developments at the Nebraska campus.

“Jane knows alumni, church staff, and community leaders all across the Midwest,” said Michael Mulryan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Hope International University.  “She embraces the mission of our campuses and is going to do a great job reaching out to our friends.”

Jech is enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the recent merger of Hope International University and Nebraska Christian College. 

“I see our culture pulling young people away from the church,” she said.  “I am extremely excited for our students to receive a broader education with a Christian world view.”

Her life has been linked to NC for many years.  Her father was a member of the Board of Trustees and three of her four siblings also attended.  Her husband also served as a NC Trustee, and three of her four children are NC alumni as well.

Jane and her husband, Kerry, have lived in Marshalltown for 38 years.  She has worked as a teacher, spent about 15 years as the Worship Arts Director of her church, and ran for the State Legislature. Most recently, she served on the staff for a presidential campaign, leading up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses.  Her volunteer work has included a social services non-profit organization and the public schools.

Kerry is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown.  The Jechs have four children – Adam Jech, Jeremy Jech, Amanda Freiberg, and Jordan Jech – and eight grandchildren.  


FULLERTON, CA :: Hope International University (HIU) announces the finalization of its historic merger with Nebraska Christian College (NC) in Papillion, Nebraska. In early 2015, HIU signed a memorandum of understanding with NC in order to explore the possibility of a partnership between the two longstanding institutions of Christian higher education.  That exploration culminated in the milestone decision to merge.

The sister schools share an affiliation with the Christian Church’s Restoration Movement and have a rich combined heritage of more than 160 years. The merger builds on the strengths of both institutions, elevates their joint profile, and makes good business sense, as both campuses will increase their capacity more efficiently than two institutions could individually.

“We will integrate the best of both HIU and NC, in pursuit of our shared mission to prepare those who will serve Christ in our churches and communities, and around the globe,” said HIU President, Dr. John L. Derry, who has long envisioned the benefits of similar institutions joining forces in order to multiply opportunities for future alumni. “Trends and changes in higher education make partnerships like this a wise move, because they offer long-term strategic and financial sustainability.”

The addition of the NC campus in the Midwest region of the United States, located near Omaha, extends HIU’s reach beyond the western United States and broadens NC’s academic programming. University administrators see a huge potential for growth and are eager to see the results over the next several years. They also believe alumni from both institutions will be pleased, as each campuses will maintain unique identities within the overall structure.

Additionally, this merger:

  • Gives regional accreditation to NC’s academic programs
  • Expands the breadth of degrees offered in the Midwest region by adding HIU’s undergraduate, graduate, and online programs
  • Provides strategic and long-term financial sustainability
  • Preserves and honors the rich heritage of Nebraska Christian College
  • Strengthens the Christian higher education presence in both regions
  • Facilitates the best stewardship of Kingdom resources

“This decision reflects the type of innovative response that will enable Christian higher education to continue impacting the world for Christ," said Toby Yurek, Chair of the HIU Board of Trustees. "This is an amazing opportunity to partner together as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of higher education."

HIU has been a leader in online education for nearly 20 years, and administrators are certain this merger will open broad opportunities in the Midwest, especially for students who are attracted to the ministry focus of the Nebraska campus, but who feel called to serve in other capacities and professions. NC has traditionally focused on pastoral ministry and has developed a stellar reputation in the Midwest for preparing pastors through its Institute for Church Leadership, which includes on-campus learning and church residency components.  HIU prepares globally-focused servant leaders, offering a broad range of academic programs via its five Colleges.

The campuses will utilize an integrated campus management system, share online learning and classroom technologies, and have access to extensive library resources and research databases.  Additionally, the unified institution will now share recent accolades and recognitions, including U.S. News and World Report’s Top 20 West Regional Colleges ranking and being named one of the 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S. by Christian Universities Online.

President Derry and other HIU senior staff members will work closely with Nebraska staff who will continue to manage daily academic, financial, advancement, student affairs and enrollment functions for the Omaha campus.  HIU’s Board of Trustees now includes two former members of the NC Board.


Nebraska Christian College was established in 1945 as an institution of Christian higher education that seeks to bring glory to God by calling people to know Christ, preparing disciples with skills for ministry, and sending them out to make Christ known. NC’s Institute for Church Leadership was formed for the purpose of developing leaders and networking students with ministry practitioners.

Founded in 1928, Hope International University's mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ. HIU is regionally accredited and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certificate programs, and credential programs to more than 2,000 students world-wide through its five colleges:  College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business & Management, College of Education, College of Psychology & Counseling, and Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies.  As a private Christian university, Hope is committed to the integration of faith, service and learning. This dedication is reflected in the University’s mission statement, core values and statement of belief, the guiding lights for every activity, class and relationship on campus.


John Derry, Ed.D., President
Paul Alexander, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Frank Scotti, Vice President for Business & Finance
Teresa Smith, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Michael Mulryan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Mark Comeaux, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Tony Clark, Associate Vice President for Business & Operations, NC Campus
Mark Krause, Ph.D., Academic Dean, NC Campus