About Us

The Love Your Neighbor Initiative is based out of the North Central University College of Arts and Sciences with the direction, intention, and focus on showcasing student accomplishments, opportunities, and achievements. 

What's the point?

The programs offered at NCU are relational, hands-on, with a directed focus on experiential academic learning. This is a site in which to understand how students, staff, and faculty have poured back into and invested into their future dreams, goals, careers, and aspirations. 

The work that students have completed has prepared them to excel in their desired fields and to develop into well-rounded individuals who exemplify what it means to be a Christian. These students, because of their work within the College of Arts and Sciences with the Love Your Neighbor Initiative, have become versatile, socially responsible, as well as faith-filled agents of change. These values are reflected throughout their work in the department.

Love Your Neighbor

The Love Your Neighbor website is a student-led, student-organized, and student-developed site designed to tell the Love Your Neighbor stories. Our passionate and hardworking team of students collaborated with the College of Arts and Science to develop a truly groundbreaking website where viewers can help get connected to everything this department does for the Love Your Neighbor initiative. We want to bring people and stories to the forefront of our conversations. Everything we do, we do it with the intention to help those we have the opportunity to help make positive change. It is so important for us to reach out and connect to those in our nearby communities, and to inspire others located in and around us. 

North Central’s College of Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary approach to learning will allow you to grow in skills for the workplace while being equipped for your future calling.In an effort to ensure this, our faculty and students created the Love Your Neighbor initiative.

We have witnessed the power of engaging with our community, and LYN exists to take active steps toward being immersed in it. By utilizing our resources with a neighbor-first approach, we guarantee that the development of our students goes far beyond the classroom. In fact, we provide an urban environment in which experiential learning and faith coexist to shape students into real difference-makers.


Our Team


Jonathan Heide

Jonathon Heide is an assistant professor in communication arts and has been teaching at North Central for eight years. He loves working with students and helping them find their vocational purpose. To him the Love Your Neighbor Initiative is important because it is an intentional way for students, faculty, and staff to think about CAS as a part of the local community and separate from it. In his writing for media class, he has every student do a community reporting assignment. This is an intentional way for students to get into Elliot Park and meet people in our neighborhood.


Gail Weinhold

Gail Weinhold is an associate professor in the education department at North Central University and has been teaching here for seven years. Gail is here to equip students to become teachers, go into schools, and share hope where they teach. When it comes to the Love Your Neighbor Initiative the education program is unique because the students are already out in the community with student teaching and clinicals. The education department is working hard to build connections with schools and continuing to develop relationships with schools in the community.