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Just a few of the countries where Calvary Alumni serve.

Why Intercultural studies?        

  • Globally, 3.1 billion people remain unreached with the life-saving gospel.  Through classroom instruction and partnerships with current practitioners in missions like Avant, Crossworld, Biblical Ministries Worldwide, and Ethnos360, the Burnham Center for Global Engagement provides students with the biblical and cultural knowledge and skills necessary for cross-cultural work and ministry.  The Burnham Center is designed to train students to effectively communicate the gospel in an ever changing world.
  • Locally, we live in a world with different worldviews/perspectives on life where the growing migration of people, current humanitarian crises, and refugee populations make it clear that our world will continue to grow even more diverse.  Soon the US will add many more cities to the already existing ones known as Majority-Minority cities.  This knowledge serves to underscore the necessity of understanding people from different cultures, worldviews, and backgrounds. What began as a discipline aimed at training missionaries now transitions to the training of future school teachers, businessmen & women, engineers, computer technicians, etc. who will need to understand how to effectively relate to and communicate with peoples of other cultures.

The Burnham Center exists to meet this growing need of individuals who can effectively work and minister in a rapidly changing world.

A Legacy of Service and Sacrifice

Gracia Burnham with Joshua Paxton

  • The Burnham Center is named for Martin and Gracia Burnham, Calvary Alumni who served with New Tribes Mission (Ethnos360). Martin was a missionary pilot who, along with Gracia, was held captive in the Philippines for over a year. Martin lost his life during a rescue attempt; Gracia was wounded but survived and has since gone on to tell their story and raise awareness for unreached people groups around the world.
  • More about the Burnhams can be found on Gracia’s website:


Burnham Center Features!


Programs of Study

The Intercultural Studies program is designed to prepare the student for a variety of cross-cultural service opportunities from church planting to business as missions. It is also ideal for those who seek to work in the local church as missions pastors or for a missions agency in a variety of capacities. Those who wish to work with other cultures will also find this program prepares them for the unique nature of refugee and immigrant ministry. New focus areas are currently under development, stay tuned for more information!

Requirements for the Intercultural Studies Major

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 A minor in Intercultural Studies is also available. For detailed descriptions of all of these classes, please see Calvary’s catalog. Talk to an admissions counselor (click here)





International Student Program!

Calvary has a long standing tradition of educating students from around the world. The 2017-2018 school year sees us developing more resources for helping international students. Stay tuned for more information!

Upcoming Trips

Texas – May 17-26, 2019 – Alianza Christiana del Valle Church

Students, faculty, staff and friends have the opportunity to visit Alianza Cristiana del Valle church in southern Texas. The church is about as far south in Texas as one can get and within several miles of the Mexico border. We will not be crossing the border into Mexico, so passports are not necessary. However, we will be working with people in the church. Mornings will be filled with work projects and then the evenings with vacation Bible school for the kids and adult discipleship lessons. Opportunities on this trip also include leading a worship time in the evenings.


Potential Itinerary

May 17 – Depart Calvary for Dallas, TX

May 18 – Continue to Alton, TX (Five nights stay at Melody Lane Renewal Center)

May 19-23 – Ministry and work at Alianza (Morning work projects, VBS and Adult Discipleship in the evening)

May 24 – Visit to Padre Island

May 25-26 – Return to Calvary via Dallas

Total Cost – $600

The Burnham Center is excited to offer this opportunity to Calvary students and others who are interested in going. It is necessary to conduct a background check in order to go on this trip. For more information contact Burnham Center Director Joshua Paxton  or Trip Leader Tammy Pihl.


ISRAEL JUNE 9-22, 2019

Ministry Studies Department Hosting a trip to the Holy Land

Every pastor and Bible teacher should see first-hand the land of the Bible. It will help their teaching and preaching come alive! The Ministry Studies Department Chair, Dr. Mike Dodds, is encouraging Ministry Studies students, Bible/Theology students, and anyone interested in encouraging their relationship with Christ to join this tour this coming summer.

The tour will leave Kansas City on June 9, land in Jordan to see Petra and sites around the Dead Sea. Then the majority of the days involve a detailed exposure to the significant OT and NT sites in Israel. Calvary students may take an elective course for academic credit for the trip, and all interested individuals will benefit for this 14-day experience.

The tour price of $4,475 includes estimated round trip airfare from Kansas City including air taxes, 12 nights lodging at 4-Star hotels, expert biblical tour guides in Jordan & Israel, baggage handling, sightseeing, breakfast and dinner daily at the hotels, 1 lunch, border taxes, and Jordan visa. Additional costs beyond the above price include 11 lunches, tips to guides, drivers, and hotel staff (approximately $148), travel insurance (approximately $100), and passport ($145).

A completed reservation form and a $300 deposit are due by January 9, 2019. Final payment will be due April 9, 2019. Space is limited, so interested students and individuals should contact Dr. Mike Dodds.


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Join Calvary University in India May 19-June 1, 2019!

Calvary University has a long standing tradition of hosting and training students from India. Only a few short years ago one of those students lead several summer ministry teams to his home country. Now another one of our students is opening the door for a more long-term relationship between Calvary and India.

India is home to 1.4 billion people, only 2.2% of which have a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most believers live in the densely packed urban areas leaving many villages with little to no witness of who Jesus is.  Local pastors work hard to reach these surrounding villages.  However, they face a mountainous task in reaching everyone. Of 2,554 people groups, 2,290 (89.7%) remain unreached with the gospel (Joshua Project)  Many of these groups still do not have the Word of God in their own languages.


India is a location rich with history and deeply entrenched in the History of Missions as many of the early pioneers of the Modern Missions Movement, folks like William Carey, Adoniram Judson and others set out to reach this richly diverse area with the gospel. However, India remains a place of great need, especially in the poorer village areas.  Hinduism is the dominant religion and recently the government has become increasingly hostile to Christian activities.


Next Summer the Burnham Center for Global Engagement is offering a two week mission trip to India. Faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to join us for two weeks of ministry. We will be focusing on supporting the work of indigenous pastors through training and children’s activities. We will also be working on a project to complete construction on a local church. This project will require $3000.00 for the material costs.



The India Trip will cost $3000/person, including Airfare and in-country expenses. A $250 Deposit is due by January 1st.

For more information about joining us in India or helping with the construction project contact Joshua Paxton, Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement.


Calvary Study Abroad

Greek Bible College

Through its partnership with Greek Bible College in Athens, Calvary students have the opportunity to study in Greece for up to a year and earn credit towards their degree at Calvary. Greek Bible College’s International Student Program allows students to study in English in one of the lands of the Bible.

Students can take courses in Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Corinthians, Hebrews, Inductive Bible Study, Genesis, Evangelism and more. Also offered are four courses in understanding Biblical Greek. What can be better than learning Greek in Greece!

Students will also have the opportunity to explore many of the areas that we read about in Scripture, from Athens to Corinth to Phillipi.

Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity or speak with Burnham Center Director, Joshua Paxton.

Greek Bible College – International Student Program

Calvary is continually seeking new opportunities for its students, check back often!


Joshua Paxton, Director of The Burnham Center for Global Engagement

Joshua Paxton has been with Calvary since 2012, first as Missionary in Residence and now as Director of the Burnham Center.  Josh and his wife Amber have served with Avant Ministries, a Kansas City based mission agency since 2009. Josh still serves with Avant part-time in a recruitment role. His experience includes time in Italy, Poland, and Greece. His favorite classes to teach are Cultural Anthropology, Cross Cultural Communication, and Evangelism and Church Planting. He is still heavily involved in the Kansas City community in ministries to immigrants and refugees.

Tim Hange, International Student Services Director

Tim Hange has just completed eight years of service as an academic missionary in Moscow, Russia. He and his wife served at Hinkson Christian Academy, led English clubs and camps through the English Cafe ministry, and tutored children at state orphanages.

Tim’s hobbies include playing guitar, reading, playing strategic board games, and studying the Russian language. His primary passions, however, are working with international students and creating contexts for discipleship through education. Tim also directs our International Student Services programs and the ELL Minor.


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