The Burnham Center for Global Engagement

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!

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Upcoming Trips

Greece Summer 2018

In the summer of 2016, the Director of the Burnham Center, Joshua Paxton, led four Calvary students on a trip to Greece. This trip was offered through the Zodiates International New Testament Study Center, a ministry of AMG. Our time in Greece was spent visiting the historical locations of Acts, learning more about the history behind the New Testament, and ministering to Syrian refugees at a refugee camp near Athens. Read more about the last trip here: We are excited about the opportunity to return May 19 – June 8 of 2018. The itinerary for this trip will include visits to: 

  • Thessaloniki
  • Philippi
  • Neapolis
  • Olympus
  • Thermopylae
  • Monasteries at Meteora
  • Delphi
  • Athens
  • Corinth
  • Olympia
  • Patmos
  • And more…

We will once again be spending some time at a local refugee camp as well as learning about the needs of Syrian refugees and how churches in Greece are trying to help them. Two years ago we played with the kids and passed out care packages to the parents. This trip is available for Calvary students, faculty, staff and friends alike. Students have the option of receiving 3 hours of credit for the trip by signing up for the course Biblical Sites Trip.

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Calvary Study Abroad

Calvary is currently in the process of developing its Study Abroad program. Check back often as new opportunities will be arriving quickly.


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, Missionary in Residence

 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.


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