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Presidential Search Committee Interviewing Candidates

Presidential Search Committee Interviewing Candidates

Board encouraged by the quality of candidates

Calvary’s Presidential Search Committee has vetted several candidates and progressed to a phase of interviews. Vic Borden, member of Calvary’s Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, outlined what they are looking for in a president: “The prospective candidate must agree with the CU doctrinal statement unreservedly.  Additionally, the Committee and Board will be considering the candidates’ spiritual life, integrity, education, experience, character, people skills, etc.”

Borden said the search committee is working from a narrowed group of applicants, and “there are interviews pending with three candidates, with more to follow.” He added, while the quantity of candidates is small, “there is profound quality in the group.”

Once the interviews are completed, the Committee will make recommendations to the Board, and the Board will make the decision of offering the position. Borden said, despite the long process of vetting candidates through their personal and professional references, the Committee is progressing quickly. He pointed out that, “in order to do as thorough a job as possible, time is needed.” Overall, he and Chairman of the Board Tom Zobrist agreed, “It’s going very well, especially in light of the high quality of candidates the Committee has received.”

2020 Feast & Fund Auction a Success

2020 Feast & Fund Auction a Success

Student Leah Grady displays signed Patrick Mahomes jersey for bidding.

Feast & Fund raises over $100,000

On August 8, Calvary hosted the annual Feast & Fund Auction. The event was held in the Student Life Center to facilitate easier social distancing and had over 100 attendees. Randy Grimm, a lead planner for the event, said that, “in spite of COVID-19, we had more [attendees] than we thought we might.”

Between live auction items, a silent auction, and an option to “Fund-a-Need,” the auction raised over $100,000. Grimm said, “the money from the auction is used to help defray the expenses of the students who attend Calvary.” He also added that this year’s Fund-a-Need donations could contribute to “COVID-19 protection, and we are grateful for people helping us to make our goal.”

Despite the complications of hosting an event during a pandemic, Grimm said the event exceeded their expectations. “The African safari trip was a huge success this year along with the trips to Cabo and the Caribbean,” he said. “We did have a few guns on the live auction which is always a big hit. 

On the silent auction items, I would say that the baked goods were the biggest hit.” He also added that feedback on the event was “all very positive. ‘The auction is such a good time, the food was delicious. We appreciated the humor from those doing the live auction as well as the variety of items.”

Student Tori Veltkamp draws a bidding number from a hat during the “hat hog” game.

Housekeeping Assistant Kent Shader demonstrates the new fogger machine, part of Calvary’s safety measures enabled by Fund-a-Need.

Calvary Alum Launches Local Coffee Shop

Calvary Alum Launches Local Coffee Shop

Roberts opened Joy Coffee this summer.

“I’ve seen a lot of healing happen, and just community and fellowship that comes from drinking a cup of coffee with another person.”

On July 20th, Calvary Grad Moriah Roberts opened a new coffee shop in Independence, Missouri. Roberts said the shop, called Joy Coffee, has been in development for a year and a half now. It is the fruition of Roberts’ long-time dream. She said, “That was always kind of the end goal, to open a coffee shop and to provide high quality coffee, a high quality environment, and high quality service.”

Roberts graduated from Calvary in 2015 with a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. She said, “I felt like if I wanted to eventually be in coffee ministry, I really wanted to get a good foundation of the Bible and Scripture. And what I loved about the Advanced Biblical Studies program was the way that [our department head] pushed us to work out our theology and be able to defend it on our own.”

Before she began work on starting her shop, Roberts managed Calvary’s Warrior Café for four years. She said, “There’s something beautiful about the fellowship that happened around a cup of coffee, or hot chocolate, or tea… I’ve seen a lot of healing happen, and just community and fellowship that comes from drinking a cup of coffee with another person.” Roberts expressed her excitement to see conversations, community, mentoring happen through Joy Coffee. “I’m just excited that we can be a small part of someone else’s story.”

Joy Coffee offers a family-friendly play space to entertain kids.
Joy Coffee offers a variety of coffees, teas, cocoa, and baked goods. Check out their website, or visit their location at City House in Independance, Mo.
Calvary student releases EP album

Calvary student releases EP album

This summer, Calvary music student Martin Maharas released an EP album with his band, Blood and Hyssop. The album, titled First Fruits, has six songs all based in Scripture. Maharas described the mission of Blood and Hyssop, saying, “In a world where contemporary Christian music often follows culture more than Scripture, my music springs forth from the Bible and guides the hearts of believers for the glory of God.”

Maharas has been writing and performing music for years, playing in Calvary’s praise band and in Calvary’s music team, lux voces. He said his experience with lux voces especially developed his desire for excellence in the field of music. The work of being in a band, “it’s not like being on a praise and worship group… Lux voces made me crave the real thing.” He had wanted to produce an album for several years, but ran into obstacles of time, money, and opportunity. When he met Sean Lea of Shadow Scape Records, he decided to pursue it, and began the process of producing his first album.

The band name Blood and Hyssop comes from the hyssop used in the Old Testament for sprinkling with blood. Maharas said, “The hyssop was the applicator, and I want the band to be the applicator of truth.” Collaborators on the album include bassist Jacob Claxton and two Calvary alums: Chris Stolberg on piano and Jordan Hoffman on drums.

Maharas’ time at Calvary has given him a chance to hone in on the Scriptures behind his lyrics. He said, “[at Calvary], I got biblical classes to ground me in how you interpret the Scriptures… Scripture says what it says, and you discover its meaning.” Speaking at this year’s OnRamp event, Maharas described the role Calvary had played, both in his personal growth and in the production of this album. “I can’t say that it’s only because I came to Calvary, but I can say that it wouldn’t be what it is without Calvary.”

The EP, First Fruits, can be found on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes, or physical copies can be bought through Blood and Hyssop’s Facebook page. As Maharas starts work on producing a full length album, he encouraged other Christian artists, “Make great Christian art. Just make it. Make something that Christ would be proud of, that really brings glory and honor to him. Don’t settle for anything less.”

The album artwork features a painting by Calvary student Hannah LePage.

Faculty and Staff Attend OnRamp

Faculty and Staff Attend OnRamp

Calvary’s faculty and staff attended the annual OnRamp on Thursday to recenter on Calvary’s mission and distinctives before the start of the busiest season of the academic calendar. This year, to ensure space for social distancing and a safe environment for the meeting, OnRamp was held at the Student Life Center.

The meeting focused on Calvary’s mission, and President Jeff Campa presented on the “what” and the “how” of Calvary University. Campa drew these points from Calvary’s mission statement, pointing to “preparing Christians to live and serve in the church and the world according to the biblical worldview” as Calvary’s goal. He emphasized that equal importance of how Calvary achieves its mission, “providing appropriate educational curricula and a climate that fosters the development of intellectual and spiritual maturity, leadership potential, servanthood, and a sense of mission.”

Attending faculty and staff, as well as those watching via live stream, heard testimonies from students about the ways Calvary has impacted their lives, as well as presentations by Doug Driskell, head of maintenance, and Glenn Williams, head of security, on Calvary’s preparations for the schoolyear in light of COVID-19 conditions. As Campa closed the meeting, he encouraged faculty and staff to attend faithfully at “the work God has put in our hands.”

Glenn Williams presents on Calvary’s safety measures.

Kent Shader demonstrates Calvary’s new disinfectant fogging machine.