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Dr. Greg Delort - Vice President for Academics & Professor of Family Ministry

B.A., Lincoln Christian College, 1994
M.A., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1997
M.S., Kansas State University, 2002
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2006

MCC Start Date: July 1997

What I like about MCC...I enjoy being able to serve in area of giftedness.  I appreciate opportunities to teach, provide counseling, and provide leadership.  Working with learners at the school (this includes colleagues and students) is a blessing that, I believe, bears good fruit over time.

My Interests...family time, World War II History, cultural/generational studies, running/working out, coaching youth team sports, social issues, Chicago sports, K-State sports.

Dave Cupery - Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.S., Calvin College, 1992
M.S., Moody Bible Institute, 2001

MCC Start Date: July 2016

What I like about MCC...building relationships with students and being a part of encouraging and equipping them for kingdom work.  The need for workers for the field is great and it is a joy to be a part of preparing leaders for this work.

My Interests...family, travel, studying culture, and fishing.  I also enjoy officiating basketball, as time allows, it is a humbling reminder of my poor site and need to remain rooted in my identity which comes from Christ. 

Dr. Dave Henry - Associate Professor of Bible

B.A., Ozark Christian College, 1995
M.A., Lincoln Christian University, 1998
DWS, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2012

MCC Start Date: January 2016

What I like about MCC...Through MCC, I have the setting to teach others the value of Scripture knowing that many of my students will become leaders. A love for God, His Word and people are hallmarks of good Christian leaders. I want to foster that kind of love within my students so that their lives make an impact for the kingdom of God.

My Interests...My greatest joy is being with my wife and children (Michelle, Meg & Dylan). I love every moment I get to spend with them. I am also interested in sports, classic cars, fishing, hunting, good movies and great books.

Dr. William Jenkins - Associate Professor of English

B.A., University of Tulsa, 1984
M.A., University of Tulsa, 1986
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 1992

MCC Start Date: July 2010

What I like about MCC...I like working here mostly because of my colleagues.  This isn’t to say that I don’t like students.  I do, especially the ones who are engaged in the classroom.  But students come and go every semester, while my co-workers are here year in, and year out, and they are some good people.  I like them professionally and personally, and they make my own work here that much better.

My Interests...family, watching good movies, reading, taking walks with my wife, Sunday afternoon naps, and pizza.

Dr. Genilyn McCaffrey - Professor of Worship Ministry

B.B.L., Ozark Christian College, 1997
M.Div., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 2006
DWS, Robert E. Weber Institute for Worship Studies, 2012

MCC Start Date: July 2006

What I like about MCC...I love having the opportunity to plant seeds of worship renewal in my students and then see them plant those seeds and more in churches across the country and the world.

My Interests...hanging out with my family, trying new recipes, hostessing, traveling, shopping, Pinteresting, making music, and watching TV and movies.

Dr. Brian Medaris - Professor of Spiritual Formation

B.S., Indiana University, 1993
M.A., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1999
M.Div., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 2003
D.Min., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 2013

MCC Start Date: July 2008

What I like about MCC...The employees and students at MCC challenge me to grow personally and professionally.  At MCC I am empowered to serve in a way that fits my gifts and personality.  I mostly enjoy my time in the classroom with students and the opportunities I have for mentoring.  Manhattan is also a great place for my family to live.

My Interests...I go to the mountains at least once a year!  I enjoy being outside; camping; hiking; and playing tennis.  Spending time with my family is important to me.  We enjoy playing games, watching movies, and going on trips together.  My wife, Nikki, and I have been married since 2001.  We have four boys: Stone (2002), Strider (2005), Steele (2007), and J.P. (2009).  We all usually find something to do to keep us busy!

Dr. Wesley Paddock - Professor of Old Testament

A.B., Intermountian Bible College, 1961
M.Div., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1971
D.Min., Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, 1995

MCC Start Date: July 1995

What I like about MCC...I’ve been at MCC since 1995.  It is home and a great place to work.

My Interests...my family, my dog, photography, bicycling, travel and reading.

Jeffery Sagstetter - Associate Professor of Youth Ministry

B.A., Kentucky Christian College, 1986
M.S., Kentucky Christian College, 1998
M.A., Kentucky Christian College, 2003

MCC Start Date: July 2003

What I like about MCC...MCC provides the opportunity to teach and share in the lives of young men and women.

My Interests...soccer, riding around in the Jeep with the top off, reading and the beach.

Dr. Stephen Waers - Assistant Professor of Theology

B.A., Point University, 2007
M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary, 2010
Ph.D., Marquette University, 2016

MCC Start Date: July 2016

What I like about MCC...I enjoy being able to tackle the deep questions of theology at MCC because it is a place where faith can truly seek understanding.  In this community, the questions of theology are not detached from the life of the church, worship, and an unabashed faith in Christ.

My Interests...When I'm not teaching, I enjoy cooking, distance running, soccer, and anything and everything related to Marquette basketball.  Whenever I get the chance, I enjoy saltwater fishing and surfing.

Dr. Russ York - Professor of Pastoral Ministry

B.S., University of Memphis, 1975
M.Th., Harding School of Theology, 1981
B.S., Creighton University, 1983
D.Min., George Fox University, 2011

MCC Start Date: January 2008

What I like about MCC...I like working at MCC because I get to work alongside amazingly gifted colleagues and students whose greatest joy is Jesus and whose passion is the same as mine – to live sold out to Him and to turn the world upside down by leading thousands more to Him.  More specifically, I get to teach what I’m on fire about – preaching, leadership, ministry, and the Bible.

My Interests...in addition to my obvious interest in God, Jesus and His Word, people becoming Christian, and students in my classes, is my family (Kristi, wife, Jessica and Brad, my daughter and her husband, Jonathan and Emma, my son and his wife), friends, small groups, helping churches become what God dreams for them, reading, exercise, sports cars and hotrods, ocean beaches, and snow skiing.

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. C. Franklin Karns - Professor Emeritus of Communication and Philosophy (1990)

A.B., Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1943; B.A., Ashland College, 1944
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1962, 1964

Dr. Donn A. Leach - Professor Emeritus of Bible (1999)

A.B., Lincoln Christian College, 1950
B.D., Butler University School of Religion, 1953
M.A., Butler University School of Religion, 1954
D. Theology, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1960

Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty

Holly Anderson - Psychology (2014), M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2009.

Jeff Arnold - Hebrew (2015), M.A., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 2006.

Brody Bliss - Bible (2012), M.Div., Golden Gate Theological Seminary, 2008.

Nancy Blockcolsky - Piano (2002), M.Mus., Kansas State University, 1992.

Shawn Condra - Varsity Sports (1994), B.S. Manhattan Christian College, 1994.

Julie Delort - Written and Oral Communication (1998), M.A., Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1997.

Dr. Gary Griffith - Science (2011), Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1973.

Jill Grogg - Yearbook (2004), B.S. Manhattan Christian College, 1996

Dr. Cal Habig - Bible and Ministry (2000), D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2003.

Mike Hines - History (2007), M.Div., Cincinnati Bible Seminary, 1983.

Joe Hunsaker - Psychology (2011), M.E., Arizona State University, 2010.

Dr. Dale Levering - Management (1999), Ph. D., Kansas State University, 2009.

Alyson Lister - New Student Orientation (2014), M.A., Kansas State University, 2014.

Alisha Paddock - Bible (2008), M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary, 2007.

Bob Randall - Economics and Statistics (2010), M.S., Kansas State University, 1977.

Ron Ratliff - Humanities (2006), Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1983.

Julie Robinson - General Education (2016), M.A., Truett Seminary at Baylor University, 2013.

Laura Sapp - Math (2016), M.S., Kansas State University, 2010.

Eric Sanford - Ministry (2016), M.A., Hope International University, 2008.

Karen Smothers - Psychology and Counseling (2011), M.S.W., Washburn University, 2005.

Greg Spaulding - Leadership (2015), M.S., Kansas State University, 1984.

John Strifler - Management (2015), M.B.A., Indiana University, 2002.

Devin Wendt - Ministry (2015), M.A., Johnson University, 2012.

Julie Yu Oppenheim - Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale (2014), DMA, University of North Texas, 2007.