San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College school seal
Former names
Christian Heritage College (1970-2005)
Type Private
Established 1970
Affiliation Non-denominational
President Paul Ague
Students 1000
Location Santee, California, United States
32°50′33.019″N 116°58′42.356″W / 32.84250528°N 116.97843222°W / 32.84250528; -116.97843222Coordinates: 32°50′33.019″N 116°58′42.356″W / 32.84250528°N 116.97843222°W / 32.84250528; -116.97843222
Campus Suburban
Colors Navy and Sand
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) [Golden State Athletic Conference]
Sports Cross-Country, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Track, Softball, Tennis
Nickname Hawks
Mascot Moe Hawk
Affiliations Council for Christion Colleges and University (CCCU) Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)

San Diego Christian College (SDCC) (Formerly Christian Heritage College) is a private, evangelical Christian college located in Santee, California, United States, in suburban San Diego.


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 narrative. That year, classes began at Christian Heritage College, supported by Scott Memorial Baptist Church.[1]

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.[2] It finally separated and became autonomous in 1981.[1] 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."[3]

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.


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.[4] 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.[4]


San Diego Christian (SDC) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Hawks, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball.

In just their first year of a program in 2015, the SDC men's tennis team went to the NAIA National Tournament held in Mobile, Ala. The Hawks lost in the Quarterfinal round against eventual winner and No. 1 team Georgia Gwinnett. The Hawks were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll during the season.

In 2014, the SDC baseball team was a finalist in the NAIA World Series after a record breaking year. The Hawks finished with a 42-20 overall record that included a GSAC Regular Season Championship as well as being ranked 5th in the NAIA Top 25 Poll.

Competing then in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCAA), the Hawks won the NCCAA men's basketball championship in 1990, 1997, 1998 and 2004. They were second in 2000, losing to Bethel by a score of 83-82. They finished third in 1996 and 2003. They also went to the 2001 NAIA final four in Men's Basketball.[8]

The Hawks won the NCCAA women's basketball championship in 2003.[9] The women's Volleyball team won the first National titles for the school in volleyball 1998, 2000 and took second in 1996 and 1999.

SDCC people

Current students and alumni
Name Known for Relationship to school
Matt Krause Member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2013; lawyer from Fort Worth, Texas Hawks basketball player, 1998-2002[10]
Carrie Prejean Miss California USA 2009 (later stripped of title) As of spring 2009, a junior[11]
Jeremiah Trueman New Zealand basketball player
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[12]


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