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Brody Bliss - Director of Non-Traditional Education

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2004
M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2008

MCC Start Date: September 2012

What I like about MCC...I enjoy using my spiritual gifts to empower students with Christ’s Word.  Teaching is a joy.

My Interests...hunting, fishing, playing sports, and watching college football with my family.

Mary Ann Buhler - Director of Library Services

B.A., Kansas State University, 1971
M.S., Emporia State University, 2003

MCC Start Date: January 1994

What I like about MCC...I like the Christian environment.  Being able to help students be successful in their studies by providing resources for them and then helping them find the ones which are appropriate for their research.

My Interests...reading, music, traveling, hiking, canoeing, organic gardening.

Shawn Condra - Athletic Director / Men's Basketball Coach

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 1994

MCC Start Date: July 1994

What I like about MCC...I enjoy the opportunity I get to work with students, and to challenge them and encourage them in their faith.

My Interests...I like spending time with family and watching any sport event.

Genae Denver - Director of Alumni Relations

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 1990
B.S., Kansas State University, 1990

MCC Start Date: June 2008

What I like about an alum of MCC, this institution has always held a special place in my heart.  I love serving God in a position where I get to work with great alums, and find ways to better connect and encourage alumni to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, regardless of their chosen profession.

My husband, Greg, is pretty interesting!  We enjoy serving the Lord together through small group ministry, and also enjoy spending time with our two college age daughters.  I love to sing, play the piano, be part of choirs, and read.  Another favorite of mine is doing coffee with my friends!

Ben Grogg - Director of Student Development

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 1999

MCC Start Date: September 2007

What I like about MCC...Watching new students come in and learn how God wants to use them and send them out into the world to change it for HIM.

My kids, home improvement projects, and almost anything outdoors.

Connie Hill - Admissions Office Manager / Residence Hall Supervisor in Kenoyer Hall

MCC Start Date: August 2016

What I like about MCC...I’m looking forward to working at MCC to help improve my department and school anyway I can. I want to help grow our numbers and get more students in the door so we continue to produce warriors for Christ.

My Interests...I just moved to Manhattan from Phoenix so I am still exploring the city and surrounding areas.

Jenna Keck - Financial Aid Counselor / VA Certifying Official

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2008

MCC Start Date: October 2009

What I like about MCC...I love working at MCC because of the way our team takes care of each other as family, as well as professionally.

My Interests...I love to spend time with my daughter and husband, Disneyland trips, drinking Dr. Pepper, shopping, and singing songs to Sue Neal.

Anya Maltseva - Maintenance

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2012
B.S., Manhattan Chrisitan College, 2013

MCC Start Date:  May 2006

What I like about MCC...I love working with the students, getting to know them, and giving them a hard time.

My, hockey, and going to Alaska to work at a children's camp.

Renee McDaniel - Administrative Assistant For Academic Affairs

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2004

MCC Start Date: October 2013

Julie Pearson - Accounting Associate / Residence Hall Supervisor in Johnson Hall

MCC Start Date: July 2017

What I like about MCC...I am looking forward to making connections with the students, faculty, and staff as well as becoming a recruiter and representative of this great college.

My Interests...I love watching my kids participate in sports, I love cooking, and going on adventures with my family. 

Steve Pearson - Residence Hall Supervisor in Johnson Hall

MCC Start Date: July 2017

My Interests...I enjoy almost anything related to sports, I also enjoy reading, writing, and studying the Bible. 

Ron Ratliff - Reference Librarian

B.A., Manhattan Christian College, 1979
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1983
B.A., Kansas State University, 1988
M.S., Emporia State University, 1993

MCC Start Date: August 2006

What I like about MCC...the opportunity to work with people committed to Christ and to work with some of the greatest young people ever.

My Interests...C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, theology, history, Christian impact on culture, presenting the Christian faith through story.

RJ Robinson - Head Cross Country Coach

B.A., University of Sioux Falls, 2008
M.C.M., Truett Seminary at Baylor University, 2013

MCC Start Date: August 2015

What I like about MCC...I enjoy the inviting atmosphere of the MCC campus. It is always a blessing to see the students that are here. I love seeing how God is using this place.

My Interests...I enjoy hiking, fishing, and photography. I also like spending time with my amazing wife Julie and son Sam.

Trish Runion - Student Financial Counselor

A.A., Manhattan Christian College, 2015

MCC Start Date: April 2015

What I like about MCC...I love being involved with students, faculty and staff seeing how Jesus is living and moving through each life and each generation.

My family and dogs are my favorite things.  My passion is studying and sharing the Bible.  I like reading suspense fiction, doing crosswords, working puzzles, and painting ceramics.  I relax by spending time with friends, playing cards and board games or watching movies.

Jolene Rupe - Director of Institutional Advancement

B.S., West Texas A&M, 1985

MCC Start Date: August 1988

What I like about MCC...I like being surrounded by so much ministry potential and energy.

My Interests...First Impressions Ministry at University Christian Church and keeping up with my family!

Bryan Sammons - Admissions Counselor

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2013

MCC Start Date: July 2015

Admissions territories include...Salina KS, Western KS, Wichita KS, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

What I like about MCC...I love the atmosphere on campus. The faculty, staff, and students are all working towards the same goal of growing closer to Christ and furthering His kingdom. It is a fun environment full of great people.

My Interests...I enjoy watching all sports, especially the Kansas Jayhawks. I also like to play soccer, basketball, softball, and golf, watch movies, and spend time with my wife.

Lauren Sanders - Director of Dining Services / Head Volleyball Coach

B.S., Kansas State University, 2005

MCC Start Date: May 2005

What I like about MCC...I like building relationships with the students.

My Interests...volleyball, photography, movies and my pups – Quincy and Diesel.

Eric Sanford - Registrar

M.A., Hope International University, 2008
B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 1998

MCC Start Date: March 2016

What I like about MCC...Working with college students has always been a passion of mine.  To have the opportunity to be part of young student's lives when they come to MCC as a freshman and leave as mature young adults excites me.

My Interests...Family and friends, working out, reading, photography, wood working, being outdoors.

Marty Singleton - Director of Finance & Accounting

B.S., Kansas State University, 1986

MCC Start Date: July 2015

What I like about MCC...I like the environment and the opportunity to help grow the Kingdom through the students.

My, friends, fitness, golf, anything outdoors, and of course Kansas State sports.

Alicia Spalding - Assistant to Director of Non-Traditional Education

B.S. Manhattan Christian College, 2013

MCC Start Date: March 2017

What I like about MCC...As an alumni of Manhattan Christian College I love that I have the opportunity to be back on campus as staff. It is a blessing to give back to the college. I enjoy recruiting students to the LEAD program and helping current students in any way they need. I am excited to grow in my own relationship with the Lord and watch what He does through the community at MCC.

My Interests...I love drinking coffee and talking about Jesus with friends, doing ministry with teenage girls, playing sports (especially basketball), and being a wife and mom. Being a mother is one my greatest joys in this life.

Ron Summers - Maintenance

MCC Start Date:  January 2004

What I like about MCC...In my job each day is different.  I get to contribute to a wide variety of projects; I don't every get bored.  

My Interests...My chihuahua, Plato, and doing handy man jobs for people.

Jessica Talbert - Institutional Accountant

B.S., Manhattan Christian College, 2003
B.S., Kansas State University, 2003

MCC Start Date: January 2006

What I like about MCC...MCC is God centered family friendly and wonderful people.

My four boys.

JT VanGilder - Director of Information Technology

B.S., Kansas State University, 2011

MCC Start Date: August 2016

What I like about MCC...I like the upbeat, enthusiastic environment here at MCC, and the educational mission.  I look forward to improving MCC as much as I can, even if it's behind the scenes.  

My Interests...most of my free time is spent with my family or following K-State sports (I even write about them sometimes).  I also enjoy playing music, reading, movies, and most of the "normal" things in life.  

April Wendt - Director of Church Relations

B.S., Kansas State University, 1994

MCC Start Date: August 2014

What I like about involvement at MCC through the years has brought me such rich relationships that span thoughout the world now, people who are ministry minded and full of integrity.  So for me, MCC is about community and the opportunities it's brought me to "do life" with amazing, talented, Christian leaders that I have the privilege to call friends.

My Interests...I love spending time with my husband and girls playing and making memories.  I enjoy planting flowers and cooking and have great passion for the local church.

Sarah Wenger - Student Development Coordinator / Head Women's Basketball Coach

A.A., Manhattan Christian College, 2014
B.A., Kansas State University, 2015

MCC Start Date: August 2014

What I like about MCC...I love working at MCC because not only do you work with great people, but you are continually encouraged in your walk with the Lord and never stop growing.  The atmosphere is up beat and positive and I love being around college students.

My Interests...playing basketball, reading, spending time with family, being active outside, fall days, and laughing with friends.

Paul Wilson - Director of Admissions & Recruitment

M.B.A. Grand Canyon University, 2010
M.A. Hope International University, 2000
B.A. Manhattan Christian College, 1992

MCC Start Date: June 2016

What I like about MCC...I love the people that I get to work with.  I am looking forward to training and leading the next generation of kingdom workers.

My Interests...I love everything to do with sports. I also enjoy long walks on the beach with my wife.

Paula Wilson - Admissions Office Assistant

B.S. Manhattan Christian College, 1993
B.S. Kansas State University, 1993
A.A. Washburn University, 1992

MCC Start Date: July 2016

What I like about MCC...I enjoy high school and college students.  I get to introduce students to Manhattan Christian College, work with and mentor them and pray that their life is as blessed and profoundly impacted by MCC as mine was.  

My Interests...I am someone who likes to read, hang out with friends, read, travel, read, bake, go thrifting and junking for cool old stuff.  I'm old enough to realize how much I don't know and love opportunities to grow and learn: whether it's in my favorite ministry, Grow With Me, or a new skill or more about natural health and wellness or arts and crafty things.  And, I definately like to spend as much time as possible with our 4 awesome kids.