Dan Doty, Alumnus of the Year 2014: pictured with Sara Klaassen, Alumni Relations Coordinator
The Alumnus of the Year award is given annually to a graduate who has shown faithfulness in ministry and has maintained a strong connection with the school in the years since graduation. The President’s Cabinet has chosen Dan Doty, Executive Director of City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, as the 2014 Calvary Bible College Alumnus of the Year.
Dan first got involved at City Union Mission while he was a student at Calvary. Dan discovered that he loved this ministry to broken and defeated men, and he developed a passion for helping them. He was able to use what he was learning at Calvary in a practical way. Dan appreciated Calvary's solid Bible teaching and the commitment of the men and women who taught and worked there. They instilled in Dan the desire to be a godly example to those God had called him to serve. Dan graduated in 1978 and then went on to receive his master’s degree from Calvary in 1980. He continued serving at another rescue mission while attending a seminary in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from seminary in 1983, Dan returned to Kansas City and City Union Mission. Dan later took over the role as Executive Director of the Mission in 1992. He oversees many programs, including the men’s emergency shelter, men’s long-term Christian Life Program, Transitional Living Program for male graduates, family emergency shelter, family long-term New Life Program, Camp CUMCITO (pronounced come see toe), and Opportunity Farm, a long-term men’s program in Warsaw, Missouri. The long-term programs for men and families concentrate on discipleship, dealing with addictions, and teaching life-skills. They are designed to help men, women, and families become stable, growing Christians who are living successfully in their own homes and communities.
This year City Union Mission is celebrating 90 years of ministry. As Executive Director, Dan is currently responsible for about 140 full- and part-time staff members. He participates in several staff prayer meetings each week. Dan is also involved in front-line ministry by teaching classes and leading a regular chapel service. He stays in touch with many of the Mission’s graduates through Facebook and e-mail. The Mission continues to shelter, feed, and clothe many hundreds of men, women, and families each day, as well as sharing the gospel with each person. Thousands of individuals have made decisions to follow Jesus while seeking help at City Union Mission.
When we asked Dan what he appreciated most about Calvary, he said, “I loved the personal interaction with teachers. I thrived at Calvary as I was able to put what I was learning into the hands-on ministry at City Union Mission.” Dan has served on Calvary’s Board of Trustees for four years, and last fall he became the vice chairman. We are blessed to have Dan Doty as a member of the Calvary alumni family, and we are excited to honor him as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year.
Calvary alumni work and minister in all 50 states and in over 70 countries around the world.