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Fred Hendricks 2021 Alumnus of the Year

Fred Hendricks 2021 Alumnus of the Year

“My years at Calvary were the best years of my Christian life.”

Fred Hendricks has been chosen as Calvary University’s alumnus of the year. Hendricks graduated from CBC in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. Today, he is the senior pastor at Alton Bible Church in Alton, Illinois.

“Fred is a biblical leader,” said Dr. Allan Henderson, CU Professor of Education and Bible, who has known Hendricks for many years. “He demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the Lord through his preaching, teaching, and lifestyle. You can tell that he has a strong walk with the Lord after being with him for a few short minutes.”

Hendricks grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. While working as a barber, his boss invited him to church, where he got involved in a Bible study. He trusted Christ after memorizing John 3:18 and understanding the gospel for the first time. He served in the Vietnam war in the early 1970’s and that military service provided him the opportunity to study at Calvary.

“I thought I had died and gone to heaven,” Hendricks said about his early days at Calvary. “Along with the fellowship of the faculty, the student body was made up of the best people I’ve ever met in my life to this very day. I am still in touch with classmates who still encourage me and check in on me, and I have a ministry to them in the same way.”

He went on to Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating in 1981. He then returned to St. Louis, serving as pastor of Blessed Hope Bible Church for 17 years, and in 2002 becoming senior pastor at Alton Bible Church. In addition, he serves with Marketplace Ministries as a chaplain for various companies in the greater St. Louis metro area.

Hendricks is passionate about the values which Calvary University upholds. “I am what I am and who I am because of Calvary. I love that the school has maintained its doctrinal position. Calvary is a rare school. I wish every college-bound student could go there.”

“Being alumnus of the year is a tremendous honor,” he continued. “I am thankful that Calvary was my personal grounding in Christianity. My years at Calvary were the best years in my Christian life. I think there are many others who deserve this recognition much more than I deserve it. I am very thankful, appreciative, and grateful for it.”

Fred Hendricks was recognized as 'Alumnus of the Year' in a special presentation at Calvary's 2021 Commencement.

Fred Hendricks (CBC75) was recognized as “Alumnus of the Year” in a special presentation at Calvary’s 2021 Commencement. 

Golfer Bobby Clayton was a “people guy”

Golfer Bobby Clayton was a “people guy”

“His charisma, sense of humor and knowledge of the Bible drew people to seek him out.”

Bobby Clayton was a beloved Calvary alumnus who passed away September 16th, 2020, from cancer. He was one of the people who originally initiated the idea for a golf tournament at CU. Clayton attended the tournament each year up until the year of his passing.  

Randy Clayton, Bobby’s son, described him as fiercely loyal and generous. My father was flawed and imperfect like the rest of us, but he cared deeply about people. Many people have said the same thing about him and that was that he had the gift of “phone.” If he was thinking about you, he would often call that person out of the blue. Many times, it was an encouraging call that they needed at just the right time. 

Dad was a Navy veteran and served during the end of the Korean war,” Randy said. After he was discharged, we moved back to Wichita KS, and he became a golf professional and was an assistant pro at several different golf clubs in the Wichita area.

Dad was 26 years old when Jesus found him and saved him. We attended Wichita Bible Church. He immediately had a hunger for understanding God’s word which led him and his young family to Kansas City and Calvary Bible College in 1966. He crammed four years into five, majoring in Pastoral Studies and graduated with high marks in 1971 and then took a church in Paola, Kansas.”  

As Bobby became a respected Bible teacher, serving as pastor, elder and teacher in Paola, and later back in Kansas City, golf was always a significant part of his life. He became a sales representative for the Ben Hogan Golf Company, and worked for at least three country clubs repairing clubs and giving golf lessons. 

“Dad was a master club fitter and repair professional and was inducted into the PGA Midwest Section ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2009,” Randy explained. “He was a craftsman. He was still working at the age of 84 at Blue Hills Country Club where had a repair shop and gave golf lessons until he passed away.

Dad was a people guy,” Randy said. He enjoyed and benefitted from counseling and training couples and small groups of believers in Bible doctrine and Greek language studies. He could fill the pulpit and was a good teacher but working with individuals and small groups was his gift. His charisma, sense of humor and knowledge of the Bible drew people to seek him out. He was the associate pastor at Koinonia Bible Church in Kansas City. I can tell you he was loved by the congregation. The Sunday before his passing, the church showed up and worshiped and had church in his front yard and they had an opportunity to say goodbye to him. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. 

The 2021 Calvary University Golf Tournament will be played in Bobby’s honor. It has been named The Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament. 

Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament

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CU’s focus on the Bible has kept Williamson for 39 years

CU’s focus on the Bible has kept Williamson for 39 years

Joel Williamson speaking in a recent assembly.

“This isn’t just a school. It’s a training ground. 

Joel Williamson has been teaching at Calvary University for thirty-nine years. “I stayed at Calvary because Calvary was doing what needs to be done,” Williamson said. They’ve been focusing on the Bible.” 

When Williamson first began to consider moving to Kansas City he was impressed with Calvary’s reputation. “I asked people, ‘What do you think?’ and I got some really interesting answers from more than one. But one in particular made a marvelous statement. They said, ‘You know, we’ve noticed something. The young people from this church have gone to two different schools. In both schools they got really good biblical education, but the kids from Calvary came home and got the other kids to go to work, to start active ministry for the Lord. They came back and said, “Why are you sitting around?”’ So I said, okay, this isn’t just a school, it’s a training ground.” 

Williamson has taught several different classes over the years, but regularly teaches Developing a Biblical Worldview and Hebrew. His interest in the Biblical languages began in high school. “I discovered that we had a dictionary that had the Greek etymology of English words. So, I started to try and learn some Greek. I had a youth leader who came through for a year or so at church who gave me his Introduction to Greek textbook from when he went to Moody Bible Institute, and so I played with that. I really loved Greek! I went into seminary thinking I’m going to take Greek, this is my world. And then I took Hebrew and I said, ‘You know what? This is my home.’ I took biblical Hebrew and an Aramaic dialect called Syriac and a Canaanite language called Ugaritic.”

“Hebrew requires you to think in a different way,” he said, “and I found that wonderful. I love doing it. That’s been the fun thing to do, to ask ‘How can I teach this?’ particularly to those students who don’t get it and don’t think that way.” 

Growing in his own knowledge of the Bible is what Williamson likes most about teaching at Calvary. “I get to teach the same books over and over. I never preached through the book of Romans in my two pastorates—five years at one location and six and a half at the second. I never did because I knew I would only get one shot, and I said, ‘I’m still young and I still don’t get it.’ And at Calvary, I have taught the book of Romans almost every year, and on occasion twice a year. I get to go over it and over it every year. And Genesis! I’ve taught Genesis for several years. I taught John back-to-back-toback. It’s like I just get to bathe in the truth and refresh myself again and see new and exciting stuff. That’s been a real joy for me.” 

Grad assistant Christopher Stolberg loves teaching music

Grad assistant Christopher Stolberg loves teaching music

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“That is my favorite part about music. I love to take what I know and I love to pass it on.”

Christopher Stolberg is a graduate assistant for the Calvary University Music Department under department chair, Dr. Haekyung An. Stolberg considers himself “one of Dr. An’s right hand men.” Stolberg also teaches two classes in the department.

“I teach lux voces,” Stolberg said, “which is an auditioned performance group where typically music majors, although they don’t have to be, are auditioned and then I select a number of them and we go around to different churches and schools throughout the year and just bring worship to different venues.

“I also teach music appreciation, which is a level 100 course. It just kinda goes over the fundamentals of music, the history of it.”

In addition to being a graduate assistant, Stolberg is working toward a Master’s degree in the Science of Worship Arts at CU. Stolberg also is an independent contractor as an accompanist for private lessons and plays piano for events both on and off campus.

Stolberg said, “After I get my master’s I want to do music. And I don’t care where it leads me. You’ll hear stuff like ‘Oh, what kind of job can a poetry major have?’ or ‘What can a musician or an actor do?’ What will I probably end up doing? I’ll probably end up as a worship pastor at some point, and I’d be happy to fulfill that. I don’t think you have to have a calling to do that, I just don’t. You can, but I don’t think you need that calling.

“I will probably teach in some capacity for most of my life if not the rest of my life. I love it! That is my favorite part about music. I love to take what I know and I love to pass it on. I love to raise up generations of new musicians. That’s why I love doing stuff like lux voces. That’s why I love even teaching music appreciation with a bunch of non-music majors. I love to get people excited about music, because it’s really exciting!”

Stolberg also has advice for undergraduates. “Practice! Gosh, just practice! It’s really simple. I know everyone says it. But at the same time don’t lose yourself to it. When I was preparing for my senior recital I stayed up until one or two AM every night, I didn’t cut people out but I didn’t hang out with people — I got lost to the music. What happened is that my senior recital went really well, but after I couldn’t touch a piano for like a month. I had to fast from it because it had become an idol. And so as much as you practice, hang out with friends, go on adventures, read books, and watch movies. It’s okay to enjoy time that’s ‘wasted,’ because enjoyed time isn’t wasted time. So practice, but also just enjoy the experience. Love your friends, love God, and have a good time.”

Volleyball Warriors honored as NCCAA scholar team

Volleyball Warriors honored as NCCAA scholar team

Team finished second among twenty-four teams with a collective GPA of 3.58

Calvary University’s volleyball team made it on the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) list of 2020 scholar teams. To be eligible for this honor, a team must have a collective minimum grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 grading scale. 

On top of being eligible for this award, these women finished in the top two of twenty-four teams with a collective GPA of 3.58!

“As a first-year coach,” said Head volleyball coach Josh Johnson, “one of my hopes was to prioritize daily encouragement of the team in their pursuit of Jesus, and in their pursuit of academic excellence. There were many times that I came up short in this goal. God is faithful. The Lord was working in and through this team on both levels.”

“I am so thankful,” Johnson continued, “for two assistant coaches, Carolyn Bradley and Esther Hildebrandt, who passionately pursue discipleship opportunities within the team. That fact combined with how my wife sacrificially serves the team has been a recipe for life-on-life discipleship.”