Manhattan Christian College was founded in 1927 as a four-year undergraduate institution of higher education. Originally named Kansas Bible College, it received it original charter from the State of Kansas in 1929 under the name Christian Workers University. The campus was purposefully located in the center of Manhattan, Kansas directly across the street from Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University. This proximity to a major university has provided students with unique educational opportunities as well as a combination of cultural, recreational, and evangelistic opportunities. In 1930 the name of the college changed to Manhattan Bible College. Under this name, the college was granted a charter by the Secretary of State of the State of Kansas on June 9, 1930. A certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation changing the name to Manhattan Christian College was legally certified by the Secretary of State on July 1, 1971.
Manhattan Christian College operates in the state of Kansas under the provisions of Kansas Statutes Annotated (KSA) 74-3250 (b) which references the previously granted approval to confer academic or honorary degrees given by the state board of education under the provisions of former KSA 17-6105. The college has operated as a not-for-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c) (3) since November 19, 1957. Seven presidents have led the college. The founder, Dr. Eugene Sanderson (1927), served for three years. He was succeeded by Dr. Thomas H. Johnson who served from 1930 until his death in 1952. O. Ray Burgess (1952) and Dr. Burton Thurston (1953-1955) followed in succession. Dr. Wilford F. Lown became president in 1955 and served for twenty-six years. In 1980 Dr. Lown initiated a planned transition of leadership at which time the board of trustees called Mr. Kenneth D. Cable as executive vice president – president elect. In 1981, Kenneth Cable became the sixth president of the college and served until his retirement in June 2005. In November 2005, the board of trustees called Kevin Ingram to become the seventh president of the college. He took office on July 1, 2006.
Distinctive programs of study include both single and dual-degrees as well as an adult degree completion program. The college offers single degree programs which lead to bachelor of arts or science degrees in in Christian Ministry with emphasis and track options in pastoral ministry, intercultural ministry, children’s ministry, family ministry, worship ministry, youth ministry.
The Leadership Education for Adult Development (LEAD) degree completion program assists learners interested in leadership and ministry or management and ethics in business to complete a college degree through the classroom setting for personal and career development. The Distance Education degree completion program assists learners interested in Biblical leadership or management and ethics to complete a college degree through an online delivery method for personal and career development. MCC programs of study can be taken in conjunction with numerous programs at Kansas State University and Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC) resulting in dual-degree programs including accounting, agribusiness, computer science, elementary and secondary education, marketing, finance, family life and community service, radio/television, social work, nursing, and others. Students may opt to complete an associate degree in general. A certificate of biblical literature may be earned in one year of study.
The college is firmly committed to the mission of educating, equipping, and enriching men and women for leadership and service in the name of Christ through the various degrees and certificates offered. Accepting that the biblical principle of the “priesthood of all believers” is more than a paid clergy, the college fosters a very broad view of what a ministry entails. Any student in a degree program has the opportunity to render ministry in a variety of contexts and diverse fields as a result of the academic programming and experiences received while at the college.
MCC is historically affiliated with nondenominational, independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of the Restoration Movement.
1927 Dr. Eugene C. Sanderson purchases the property and begins Christian Workers University 1928 Dr. T. H. Johnson becomes second president 1929 Jolliffe Hall construction completed 1930 Christian Workers University… Read More
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Manhattan Christian College is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association, and by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Higher Learning… Read More
What we believe regarding education and our Educational Apologetic
Manhattan Christian College pleads for the unity of all believers on the common ground of commitment and obedience to the lordship of Christ.
Manhattan Christian College is a private institution of higher education, committed to the Christian mission of winning the world to Christ.