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San Diego Christian College
Established 1970
Type Private
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
President Paul Ague
Students 395[1]
Location El Cajon, CA, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Christian Heritage College (1970-2005)
Sports Cross-Country, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Track
Colors Navy, Sand, and Teal
Nickname Hawks
Athletics NAIA Golden State Athletic Conference

San Diego Christian College (SDCC) is a private, conservative evangelical Christian college located in El Cajon, California, in suburban San Diego, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.



In January 1970, Tim F. LaHaye, pastor of the former Scott Memorial Baptist Church of San Diego and co-author of the fictional Left Behind series of books, Art Peters and Henry M. Morris, discussed the need for a Christian college on the West Coast where studies could be developed within the framework of creationism based on the Genesis creation myth. That year, classes began at Christian Heritage College, supported by Scott Memorial Baptist Church.[2]

The "Creation-Science Research Center" was founded with Christian Heritage College as a division of the college, and spawned the Institute for Creation Research in 1972 over an organizational split.[3] It finally separated and became autonomous in 1981.[2] In 1982, Christian Heritage was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Schools, a "product of the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School" created "because of the prejudice against creation-science, outspoken creationist schools such as ICRGS used to stand little or no chance of getting recognition through accreditation."[4]

In 1984, it was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2005, the college changed its name to San Diego Christian College.

SDCC competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the following sports programs: Cross-Country, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, and Track.


The college offers Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees.

San Diego Christian College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1984.[1] On June 23, 2006, WASC reviewed San Diego Christian College and placed its accreditation on probation.[5] This was because the college was unable to demonstrate its "autonomy."[6] The commission on February 2, 2007 found the college had taken a "number of significant and positive steps" in addressing its concerns, but still found it to be in "noncompliance," so another visit was scheduled for the Spring of 2008.[7] In June 2008, San Diego Christian College received a reaffirmation of accreditation.[1]

SDCC people

Current students and alumni
Name Known for Relationship to school
Carrie Prejean Miss California USA 2009 (later stripped of title) As of spring 2009, a junior[8]
Jeremiah Trueman New Zealand basketball player [citation needed]
Faculty and employees
Name Known for Relationship to school
Duane Gish Speaker on creationism Researcher when the Institute for Creation Research was part of the college in the 1970s.
Swen Nater Former NBA basketball player Coached SDCC's basketball team from 1985-1995[9]


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