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Remembering Robertson McQuilkin

June 06, 2016
John Robertson McQuilkin

By Melissa McCutchan and Bob Holmes

In the last months of the life of Columbia International University President Emeritus Robertson McQuilkin, when his health was declining, his close friend and former CIU Vice President John Davidson would visit him and inquire how he was doing.

“He would say, ‘Terrible,’” Davidson recalled.

“I would say, terrible? What’s wrong?”

“He’d say, ‘I’m still here. I want to be in heaven.’”

Automotive Mechanic

Physical Plant
Full-time
40 hours/12 months
June 03, 2016

Description

The purpose of the automotive mechanic is to maintain and repair campus vehicle fleet and other machinery such as grounds equipment.

Responsibilities

  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicle fleet
  • Maintain and repair grounds equipment as time permits
  • Troubleshoot and make repairs to fleet vehicles, from minor to major repairs
  • Maintain maintenance logs, reports and data as needed
  • Coordinate with outside maintenance contractors as necessary
  • Parts ordering and procurement
  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment as requested by supervisor

Qualifications

  •  Working knowledge of test equipment such as multimeters and automotive gauges
  •  Working knowledge of automotive and small engine repair
  •  Skill in use of hand and power tools
  •  Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions
  •  Ability to lift heavy objects, stoop, crawl, work in tight or cramped spaces.
  • Computer skills for ordering and maintaining logs

Robertson McQuilkin Passes Away

Robertson McQuilkin, the third president of Columbia International University, and son of the school’s first president R.C. McQuilkin, passed away on June 2, 2016. He was 88 years old. 

Born John Robertson McQuilkin on Sept. 7, 1927 in Columbia, South Carolina, he was educated at University High School and Ben Lippen School, Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) and Fuller Seminary in California.

Upon graduating from seminary he taught for two years at Columbia Bible College, and then became headmaster of Ben Lippen School in Asheville, North Carolina. Five years later, he, his wife, Muriel and their four children moved to Japan where for 12 years he planted five churches, winning people to faith in Jesus Christ. While in Japan he also served as interim president of Japan Christian College.

In 1968 he was called back to Columbia Bible College and Seminary to serve as president for 22 years. During that time enrollment doubled, radio stations WMHK in Columbia and WRCM in Charlotte, North Carolina were founded and Ben Lippen School was moved from Asheville to Columbia.

In 1990 McQuilkin resigned the presidency to care for his wife Muriel who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. His powerful resignation speech has been heard by tens of thousands of people around the world. While McQuilkin cared for his wife for the next 12 years, he continued writing journal articles and books and preaching worldwide. Among the most popular of 19 books written by McQuilkin is “A Promise Kept” detailing his care for Muriel, who passed away in 2003. In 2005, he married his second wife, Deb.  

McQuilkin’s other influential books include “Understanding and Applying the Bible,” “The Great Omission,” “Introduction to Biblical Ethics,” “Life in the Spirit,” and “The Five Smooth Stones.” He was honored for his decades of work in Christian missions when he received the 2010 Lifetime of Service Award from Missio Nexus, a world missions organization.

McQuilkin was also influential in establishing CIU’s Five Core Values: Authority of Scripture, Victorious Christian Living, World Evangelization, Prayer & Faith, and Evangelical Unity.

The family received visitors at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street, Friday, June 3 from 5-7 p.m. Services for Robertson McQuilkin were held on June 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Shortess Chapel on the campus of Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. Memorials may be made to the Robertson McQuilkin Memorial Fund at memorial.ciu.edu

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