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Calvary University Recognized With #1 Ranked Accredited Online Degree Program

Calvary University Recognized With #1 Ranked Accredited Online Degree Program

BestColleges.com has ranked Calvary University as having the #1 Accredited Online Degree Program for 2019, out of 2,028 eligible schools, just ahead of Regent University and LeTourneau University.

BestCollege’s methodology is “grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles including academic quality, affordability, and online competency.” The ranking considers retention, graduation rate, average net price, overall online offerings, and commitment to providing quality online education.

Calvary University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on campus or completely online through its unique blended model. Calvary recently launched the PhD in Bible and Theology which also is available either on campus or completely online. Calvary values making its programs accessible to students, with high quality and low cost, and because of that commitment, Calvary is gratified to receive the ranking.

Calvary Classic Annual Golf Tournament

Calvary Classic Annual Golf Tournament

The four-man scramble Calvary Classic 18th Annual Golf Tournament will be located at Eagles’ Landing Golf Course in Belton, Missouri, adjacent to Calvary’s campus on Friday, June 7, 2019. The deadline to register is Monday, June 3.

Norm Baker Named 2019 Alumnus of the Year

Norm Baker Named 2019 Alumnus of the Year

“It was all for God’s glory!”

Norm Baker, adjunct faculty member in the Bible and Theology Department, was given the Calvary University (CU) Alumnus of the Year Award at the 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 11.

“It was all for God’s glory,” said Baker as he accepted the honor.

“You are what we all want to be,” said Dr. Christopher Cone, President of CU. “You have been trustworthy in the classroom, you have taught the word faithfully, and that’s all any of us are after. So, thank you for your example. Thank you for serving the Lord.”

Unfortunately for the students of CU, Baker has decided to retire. However, he will continue to serve the CU community with a pen.

“He has his next assignment,” said Dr. Cone, “which is to write for Calvary University Press and we’re very excited about that.”

CU Press is a new venture being developed this year. Dr. Mike Dodds will be stepping away from his familiar roles as Dean of the College and Department Chair for Ministry Studies, to become the first director of CU Press. He will continue to teach as a Professor of Ministry Studies. Baker has been asked to be a regular contributor to CU Press.

Baker was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1950. Soon after, his family moved across the country to upstate New York. As a young boy he enjoyed riding on trains with his father and grandfather who worked for the New York Central Railroad. His uncle owned a Christian book store, and Baker enjoyed browsing while having a popsicle. He speculates that this is where he first developed a love for books.

After his family moved to Aurora, Colorado, a few year later, Baker attended Aurora Central High School. His sister started going to the youth group at Aurora Bible Church. When she told him some cute girls were there, he decided to go with her. It was there that Baker heard the gospel message preached and received Christ as his personal Savior. Shortly after that, his parents rededicated their lives to Christ, and the Bakers started attending church as a family.

While in high school, Baker often heard evangelists and missionaries speak of the need to reach the lost for Christ. He dedicated his life to serve wherever God called him. His teachers encouraged him to go into an acting career because he loved drama. However, Baker sensed God leading him in a different direction, and after graduating from high school in 1967, he went to Frontier School of the Bible to prepare for overseas ministry.

During his time at Frontier, Baker heard about the work in Africa from missionaries with Gospel Missionary Union (now Avant Ministries). In 1971, he was accepted as a missionary with GMU to go to Mali, West Africa. During the missionary candidate training he met his future wife, Mary Alice, and they were married on September 18, 1971.

After raising support, they left for Switzerland to study French in April 1972 and then headed to Mali in July 1973. The next couple of years were spent learning the Bambara language and the culture. Baker particularly enjoyed hearing the Malian proverbs and stories that had been passed down verbally for many generations. He quickly developed a love and deep respect for the Bambara people.

Norm and Mary Alice served with Gospel Missionary Union for fifteen years. They raised their family of three sons and one daughter while living in the bush. Baker helped with church planting and discipleship training. He translated discipleship materials and assisted with a new revision of the Bambara Bible. During their last few years in Mali, Baker taught at the Mana Bible Institute, training Malian pastors and church leaders.

In 1986, Baker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvary Bible College (CBC). He then served as the Missionary in Residence there from 1986 to 1987. He became the pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church where he served from 1987 to 1991. During that time Baker received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Theological Seminary. The Baker family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where Norm attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1998. He also became the pastor of Stanley Bible Church in Overland Park, Kansas, in 1998, where he served for ten years.

In addition to pastoring, Baker taught Bible & Theology classes at Calvary from 2001 to 2005. He returned as an adjunct professor in January 2012, a total of twelve and a half years of service at Calvary. He has also enjoyed supporting CU’s theatre department as well as attending athletic events.

On the CU campus, Baker is fondly referred to as “Stormin’ Norman.” His love for studying and teaching the Word of God has been his life-long passion. He has had a sincere love for his students, as evidenced in his one-on-one interactions with them as he continues to disciple and prepare others for ministry. And, his students have returned that love. At Baker’s retirement party, student after student shared how much he has influenced their lives.

“Each one of these students,” Baker said, “helped me be a better teacher by their attitude in the classroom. That’s all I can say.”

The Alumnus of the Year award is given annually to a CU graduate who has shown faithfulness in ministry and has maintained a strong connection with the school in the years since graduation.

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Special thanks to Sara Klassen for compiling the biographical data for this article.

The Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Norm Baker at the 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 11. The award is given annually to a CU graduate who has shown faithfulness in ministry and has maintained a strong connection with the school in the years since graduation.

Norm Baker (top right) played a part in the 2018 Calvary University theatre production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Baker has enjoyed supporting the CU theatre department and attending athletic events in addition to his service in Calvary classrooms. 

“It was all for God’s glory,” said Norm Baker as he accepted the Alumni of the Year Award at the 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 11. 

The Dawning of Summer

The Dawning of Summer

As the summer begins to unfold the food trucks and people come out! This Friday, May 3rd was the start to many First Fridays.

First Fridays take place on the first Friday of every month throughout the summer. Located in Kansas City, these events hold a plethora of entertainment. There are delicious food trucks, talented street musicians/performers, beautiful art displays, and so much more.

We had the great opportunity to make our way downtown last weekend to experience this for ourselves.

Taking a handful of people we explored all that there was to offer for the evening.

Ai: “I really liked just walking around and seeing different kinds of arts, food, and people! I also enjoyed spending time with everyone.”

The first thing that we encountered was a talented swordfighter. It was $2 to duel and if you won you got your money back! Tak was the only brave soul from the group to try his hand at victory. He put up a great fight, but unfortunately had to concede defeat.

Several different art booths were on display and we had such a great time exploring through all of them. The amount of time the artists put into their work was clearly seen as we sorted through their paintings or drawings.

One booth had artwork that when put under a black light glowed even brighter! There were also glasses for people to put on that caused the artwork to become 3D in appearance.

The grumbling in our bellies called for a few stops at different food trucks. Gyros and delicious fruit made their way into our hands and empty stomachs.

 

Tak: “I loved everything! The sword fight was fun, the art gallery was good, singing the worship song was great too. Hanging out with everyone was a blast!”

Throughout the night we were blessed by the guitar that Martin brought along. We had so much fun fiddling around with it and even got a chance to sing on the street corner. A lady in the area asked for a song to be played and Martin began strumming the worship song “Reckless Love” as the crowds passed by.

Taking the evening to explore the wonders of First Fridays was well worth it. What a great night spent in downtown Kansas City.

“Faith on the Edge” Panel of Experts

Join us for a panel discussion featuring the makers of the film “Faith on the Edge”, Kyle Justice, Pat Roy, as well as Dr. Boyd, Astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner, General Charlie Duke, Apollo 11 Capsule Commander, and Apollo 16 astronaut, as well as Victor Brewer, a balloonist who worked with Justice and Roy to conduct an experiment which Calvary University helped to sponsor.

Capstone – Christy Stone

Capstone – Christy Stone

You are invited to join us for Christy’s Theatre Arts Capstone, a production of The 39 Steps, a parody of the famous Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. Free admission and supporting a graduating senior!

Synopsis (sourced from Wikipedia):
While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious “39 steps.” Then he meets agent Annabella Smith, who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela, an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.

Crew:
Director – Christy Stone
Stage Manager – Madison Greener
Asst. Stage Manager – Moriah Roberts
Lighting Designer – Zeb Johnson
Set Designer – Christy Stone
Sound Designer – Jon Van Pelt/Kevin Stone
Costume Designer – Tori Roberts
Wardrobe Mistress – Celeste Toliver
Props Queen – Katherine Figuera
Stage Hands – Christopher Stolberg, Joshua Stolberg

Cast:
Richard Hannay – Tim McGuire
Annabella Smith/Pamela/Margaret – Rebekkah McIntosh
Clown 1 – Vincent Matteson
Clown 2 – Mike Burke

“Faith on the Edge” Film Premiere

“Faith on the Edge” Film Premiere

Join Calvary University Research Professor Dr. Steven Boyd and special guests, Kyle Justice and Pat Roy (The Creation Guys), for the national premiere of “Faith on the Edge,” a film exploring the Biblical and scientific case against the Flat Earth.

In the film, Justice and Roy talk to experts and perform real-life experiments in refuting the growing belief in a flat Earth. A question-answer time will follow the premiere.

Engaging Cultures

Engaging Cultures

Interacting with those of a different culture can create some of the most blessed friendships.

Entering the college world will bring many new opportunities to try and moments to experience. Here at Calvary University we have an amazing group of international students that help us to create such special moments.

Noah Wittenbach, a Junior here at Calvary, has found that engaging with international students on campus can bring life and encouragement.

Noah grew up in Lowell, Michigan and had pretty much no interaction with international students while living there. When he moved to Calvary he met and connected with people outside of his own cultural norm for the first time. One of the individuals that he has grown close to is Masaki Ouchi, a student from Japan.

When asked about his most awkward or funny interaction, Noah explained his first few moments of meeting Masaki.

“When I first met Masaki we were in class and I was in a goofy mood. Masaki was sitting behind me, so I turned around and said “Ni hao”. Masaki started laughing and I didn’t know why. I was in a goofy mood, but I was really trying to be genuine. Masaki laughed at me and said that what I just said to him was Chinese, not Japanese. I thought I was going to like speak his language, but I was so wrong!”

The story above is both humorous and sincere. With that being said, I would say that many times our interactions with people from outside cultures are exactly that—humorously sincere. We are going to make a mistake when we interact with other individuals, but do not let the mistakes that you end up making in attempt to be kind, take you away from pursuing those friendships.

Noah has learned many different things throughout his interactions with Masaki, one of them being that he thoroughly enjoys the differences that they have.

Because of this, his favorite thing to do is compare the cultures. Noah says that, “it’s wild to think of how different we were raised! And even though our cultures are so different we are able to be united in Christ.”

That right there is one of the best things about interacting with our international students here on Calvary’s campus. We have a common goal in life, which is to glorify God in all that we do. The differences exist, but the same Spirit lives inside us all. Just as Noah has come to realize, “it’s not like one culture is right or wrong, it’s just different. They emphasize different things, and it’s cool.”

Our God is a creative God and we see his creativity in the ways that people live. Whether it is your literal neighbors next door, or your neighbors who come from across the pond, one can always find ways to celebrate who our God is by how He has created each of us to be.

The Lord has used interactions with many cultures to do a work in Noah’s heart.

When asked if God has changed his heart at all through his friendships with international students Noah says with confidence, “definitely!”

                            

“I think it’s just I didn’t have any interaction with international students before college. God has opened my eyes to how unique it is. So many cool things that I’ve learned of my culture and others. I had no idea before, but God has opened my eyes to how cool it is to be able to interact with international students.”

Do not be shy in interacting with students that are from a variety of cultures. Noah gave some advice to everyone on making international friends, and it was this:

“Make friends with internationals! …It’s important to be patient with your interactions, knowing it’s probably not going to go like you think it is, and accepting that fact. I think that patience and acceptance are the two key things.”

Try something new today. Find a student from another culture and strike up a conversation. It may turn into a humorous interaction, but make it sincere. Be patient and accept the fact that ideas are going to differ. You will find yourself to be more blessed than you ever thought possible as you interact and learn with our intercultural brothers and sisters in Christ.

Calvary Student to Spend Semester in Greece

Calvary Student to Spend Semester in Greece

Almost a year ago, Calvary entered into a partnership with Greek Bible College in Athens to allow our students the opportunity to spend up to year studying abroad in Greece. This partnership came on the heels of recent opportunities that Calvary has had to take students on tours of the biblical sites of Greece and walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. For the Fall semester of 2019, Elise Godsey (Intercultural Studies/ELL major) will be stepping out to take advantage of this opportunity and spending a semester in Greece, these are her thoughts...

“My name is Elise Godsey and I am a sophomore here at Calvary University majoring in Intercultural Studies and English Language Learner. I just started attending Calvary in January, for the Spring 2019 semester, and I already am beyond blessed by this college! I learned about Calvary at the beginning of Fall 2018, while I was attending my community college, and I was encouraged by Calvary staff to go ahead and apply to start attending right in January instead of waiting until the next year, and I am very glad I did because I have already had so many wonderful opportunities and experiences here.

Elise is second from the left.

While I was exploring the Calvary website last Fall to learn more about it I also learned about the opportunity to study abroad at the Greek Bible College in Athens, Greece. This really caught my attention and I instantly knew that I would love to have that opportunity. When I came to visit the school at the end of September, I was told that this study abroad opportunity was brand new and no one had done it yet, and this just made me all the more excited to pioneer this new program at Calvary!

I will be attending the Greek Bible College for the Fall 2019 semester, and I will be taking 3 classes that will directly transfer into the biblical studies part of my planner. The fourth class I take will be New Testament Greek, and that will count as an elective. It is so wonderful that I am getting to complete these Bible class requirements in a land of the Bible!

This chance to go attend college in Greece is one of the many reasons that I chose to attend Calvary, and I am so thankful that I will get to do it and for all the help I am receiving as I get ready! I am beyond excited to see what the Lord has planned for me to learn as I study there and for the ministry opportunities I may get as well! I appreciate your prayers as I embark on this new adventure in my life!” – Elise Godsey

More Information on this opportunity can be found here: Burnham Center for Global Engagement

Calvary University Offers Online Chemistry Class and Lab Focusing on Health Applications

Calvary University Offers Online Chemistry Class and Lab Focusing on Health Applications

Are you interested in how chemistry is involved in medicine and health?  Have you wondered what the difference is between drugs and vitamins?  Interested in a chemistry class that requires relatively low amounts of math?  Not interested in having to stand in a lab for hours at a time you’d rather be doing something else?

If that describes you, then Chemistry with Heath Applications (SC251N and SC252N) is the class for you!  Calvary University is starting its first completely online science class with a lab!  That’s right, even the lab is online!  When you register for the course, you obtain a lab kit to use at home on your schedule.  The lectures, textbook, homework, and lab experiments are all accessed online.  Interested?  Sign up for SC251N and SC252N during cycle 2!