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2013 Alumni Award Winners

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On Saturday, May 11, the MCC Alumni Association under the leadership of President Jeremiah Holcomb (class of 2002) presented the 2013 Alumni Awards to deserving alumni in conjunction with the Graduation Luncheon.

 

 

 

 


Kenneth Cable, ‘58
Distinguished Alumni Award 

In 1956 while a student at MCC, Ken was called to be the part-time minister of a new church that was starting in Wichita, KS, called Glenn Park Christian Church.  At the time, a group of 35 people were meeting each week in the 3-bedroom home of one of the church members.  After his graduation in the spring of 1958, the church continued to grow and moved from the house they were meeting in to a junior high school.  In 1960, the church had purchased enough lots to build their own building.  God continued to move in miraculous ways and by 1972 the church had more than 1,000 members. 

After 16 years, Ken left his role of shepherding a congregation to join the leadership team of Christian Missionary Fellowship in Indianapolis, IN.  His main responsibility was to raise the support needed to fund the work of the organization as well as the missionaries.  Contributions more than doubled during his 5 years there.  In 1977, Ken became the Director of Development for Friends University in Wichita, KS.  During his three years with Friends, the University underwrote a capital indebtedness of more than $2 million and annual contributions doubled.

In 1980, Ken became the Executive Vice President-President Elect for Manhattan Christian College.  In this period of transition, his primary responsibility was to raise support for debt reduction.  In 1981, Ken was inaugurated as the College’s sixth President and he served in that capacity until he retired in 2005. 

Ken’s leadership and influence over his tenure as President impacted every area of college life.  After expanding the Campus Center, he worked to raise $1.3 million in 93 days which was enough to stop the foreclosure of the College during the Miracle Campaign.  God provided and the College was able to reach many other milestones under Ken’s direction.  Throughout his 25-years of service, enrollment doubled and the number of students graduating more than tripled.  Regional accreditation was realized.  Academic programs were added.  Financial stability and acquisitions of properties for campus development were also achieved.  Zoning for the Master Campus Plan was approved by the city of Manhattan and new facilities were constructed.

Ken and his faithful ministry partner and wife, Phyllis, have two children and four grandchildren. 


Dan Mitchell, ‘92
Crusader Ministry Award

After graduating from MCC in 1992 with a degree in Youth Ministry, Dan went to Bible Christian Church in Garden City, KS, as the Youth Minister where he served for 5 years.  In 1997, he became the Youth Minister at Christ’s Church of Oronogo, MO. In his second year there the youth group began talking and praying about how they could be “The Bridge” for the students around them who were not connected to Christ and were not interested in church.  This prayer and study emphasis led to the founding of “The Bridge” in 1999.  Open from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, The Bridge is a safe and fun environment for middle and high school students to enjoy basketball, rock wall climbing, gaming, ping-pong, big group games and more.  Other ministries offered at The Bridge include a ramp park for BMX, skateboarding or rollerblading, and The Foundry with specialty coffees, comfortable living room groups and booth seating, live music, pool, and free wi-fi.   From 1999-2001, Dan served part-time as youth minister while he was also raising support and building up The Bridge facilities and a volunteer ministry staff.  Since the beginning, Dan’s ministry focus has always been on building relationships with unbelievers so that they would come to know Christ. 

Following the Joplin tornado in May of 2011, The Bridge became one of five main distribution and relief centers for the community and over 25,000 people came through their doors.  Soon after, Dan felt called to help build quality homes at affordable prices for those affected by the tragedy.  Using the Betenbough Homes company model, Schuber-Mitchell Homes was launched.  In the two years following the tornado Schuber-Mitchell has built 67 homes.  As an employee-owned company that is passionate about God and wanting to serve Him through their business, the employees meet regularly to pray and to seek ways to financially support various missions.  After 14 years of leading the ministry at The Bridge, Dan is stepping down, to continue building homes for those who need them.

Dan and his wife, Donna, also an MCC graduate in 1992, have four children:  Madison, Emilee, Claire, and Hunter.   Together, Dan and Donna have served selflessly.


Larry Sullivan, ‘57
Crusader Ministry Award 

No one has served longer or taught more students at Manhattan Christian College than Larry Sullivan.  He joined the staff in 1972 and has taught as a professor either part-time or full-time since then.  After graduating from MCC in 1957, he served as the minister of Hoxie Christian Church for 5 years and then the Ransom Church of Christ for 4 years.  Always wanting to learn more and loving to teach, Larry went on to earn a Master’s Degree in History from Ft. Hays State University.  His first teaching assignment in 1966 was at Magic Valley Christian College in Albion, ID, and he taught at Baker College in Baker City, OR, before making his way back to Kansas.  Over the years he also pursued additional graduate study at Christian Theological Seminary, Idaho State University, Cincinnati Christian University, Emporia State University and Kansas State University.

In conjunction with his teaching at MCC over the years, Larry has also taught as an adjunct instructor for Highland Community College (Wamego Campus), Barton County Community College, Central Texas College, and Upper Iowa University (Ft. Riley) as well as been a cab driver for a few years.  For 8 years, 1976-1984, he was in the MCC classroom full-time.  Outside of class, Larry has also always been willing to preach for rural churches on the weekends. Just a few of his ministries over the last 40 years have included Wakefield Christian Church for 14 years, Miltonvale Christian Church for 6 years, Clifton Christian Church for 6 years as well as the White City Christian Church and the North Lawrence Christian Church each for two years.  Currently he is the weekend minister of the Laclede Baptist Church, northeast of Wamego, where he has served for 5 years.

Larry and his first wife, Mary Ann, were married 49 years before her death in 2004.  His second wife, Grace, passed away in 2007.  He and his third wife, Marian, were married in 2010.  He has two daughters, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.


Denise Wren, ‘83 
Crusader Professional Excellence Award

After graduating from the dual-degree program at MCC and KSU in 1983, Denise spent 30 years with the Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, KS.  She served 9 years as a Physical Education and Science teacher at Wilbur Middle and Northwest High School.  In 1992, she was promoted to Assistant Principal at Pleasant Valley Middle School and served in that capacity for three years.  From there, and for the next five years (1995-2000), she served as Assistant Principal at Wichita Heights High School.  In 2000, she was promoted and returned to Pleasant Valley Middle School as Principal until 2003.  In 2003, she took on the role of Principal at Wichita High School North.  While at North, she helped make drastic changes in a high poverty urban school which had an 11% drop-out rate and a graduation rate of 49%.  North currently has one of the top AVID programs in the country and has been a National Demonstration School since 2006.  At present, North’s graduation rate is 86.4%. 

In July of 2006, Denise accepted the responsibility of leading all of Wichita’s high schools as she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of High Schools.  In 2011, Denise was promoted to the position of Chief Operations Officer where she supervised all operations for the Wichita Public Schools.  In July of 2012, she left the Wichita Public Schools to accept a position with AVID Center.  AVID is a non-profit organization that partners with school districts across the United States, and internationally, to provide equitable college readiness opportunities for all students.

Denise is a member of Pathway Church in Wichita, KS, where she has served since 1970.  As an extension of her Christian service, Denise is on the Board of Directors for GraceMed.  The mission of GraceMed is to show and share the love of Jesus Christ by providing compassionate, accessible, high-quality health care for residents of south central Kansas.

 

 

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