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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.”

Basketball team struggles in first national appearance

Basketball team struggles in first national appearance

Calvary’s Men’s Basketball team fought hard in it’s first-ever NCCAA National Tournament contest, but was outgunned by #1 seeded Randal University on Wednesday afternoon.

“We didn’t shoot well,” said CU Head Coach, Matt Sanders. “We played good defense for the entirety of the first half, but you’ve got to give them (Randall) a lot of credit. They did a good job. They’re really, really good and it just wasn’t our day today.”

The final score was 89-54 with the Warriors shooting just 18-55 (32.7%) compared to Randall’s 33-68 (48.5%). Braydon Unruh led CU with 13 points, D’Marques Harris contributed 8 and both Tobias Welling and Demitrius White-Thomas added 6 each.

The Warriors will play in the consolation bracket Thursday morning at 10 a.m. A win will put them in the 5th place contest on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is being hosted by Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. There will also be a watch party for all the games in the Warrior Cafe on Calvary’s campus in Kansas City. Live streaming and on demand viewing can be purchased by following this link.

“God has so richly blessed us,” said CU Athletic Director, Jeanette Regier, “with three leaders who have helped beyond words with Zak (Kirkman), Braydon (Unruh), and Ques (Harris). When you see them congratulate them for a job well done! Matt (Sanders) and Robbie (Bollinger) have done their normal outstanding work as our coaches.” Kirkman is sidelined with a knee injury.

Calvary’s President, Dr. Alexander Granados pointed out that, “A lot of teams are already fishing, and would love to still be playing. It’s a great accomplishment to be here.”


Braydon Unruh was perfect from the line going 4-4. 

Coach Matt Sanders

Peter Brandel driving to the basket.

Joseph Morrow looking to pass inside.

Coleson Voran drawing the foul.

Tobias Welling at the line.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

Matt (Adam Weeks) and Luisa (Rebekkah Harms) discover a deeper truth about love in ‘The Fantasticks’.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

by Logan Hiskey

In The Lion King, the characters Rafiki and Simba discuss change and facing past hurts. Rafiki then whacks Simba on the head with his stick. Confused, Simba asks why Rafiki did such a thing.

“Doesn’t matter, it’s in the past,” Rafiki says.

“Yeah, but it still hurts,” Simba replies as he rubs his head.

“Oh yes, the past can hurt,” Rafiki answers. “But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Again, Rafiki swings his stick at Simba, but this time Simba ducks out of the way.

In this scene Rafiki teaches Simba a very valuable lesson about hurt. It exists, whether it is past, present, or future.

Likewise, this idea is one of the predominant themes of the show. In the opening song “Try to Remember,” the narrator, El Gallo, defines the theme when he says, “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” These words are best exemplified by the two main characters, Matt and Luisa, and their journey through the play. They start as young, foolish, and myopic lovers so engrossed in their fantasies and idealization of romance that their parents label them “fantastic!”

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           In Act One, everything is practically perfect and idyllic: the moonlit sky, the thrilling relationship hidden from their “feuding” fathers (or mothers), the rescue from an abduction, and then happily ever after.

           However, it does not end at that moment, for The Fantasticks is a coming-of-age story. At the beginning of Act Two, El Gallo dispels the moonlight and says,

           “life never ends in the moonlit night;

           And despite what pretty poets say,

           The night is only half the day.”

           Matt and Luisa must learn and mature the hard way. The harsh sun brings to light their flaws and differences, and the two lovers become disappointed that the delights of romance do not last. After they realize their dissatisfaction in each other, they separate and strive to satisfy their naïve desires elsewhere. And here, with their separation, the hurt begins. They find what they were looking for, but it only brings a new onset of pain for both Matt and Luisa.

           But there is good news. Rafiki’s wisdom rings true. Through their hurt, they are no longer hollow, for they have learned and grown from it. After their reunion, their relationship matures. They admit to their foolishness and mistakes, forgive one another, and begin to love unselfishly.

           The idea of growing through hurt may seem unfair or confusing because it is. El Gallo speaks on this and calls it a “curious paradox.” He likens it to the changing of seasons when he says, “Who understands why Spring is born out of Winter’s laboring pain? Or why we all must die a bit before we grow again.”

          This theme is one reason why The Fantasticks is such a universally-loved play and is the longest-running musical in the world. Anyone can find a bit of themselves in Matt or Luisa, for everyone has experienced pain in some fashion, but like Rafiki says, it depends on what one does with it. And in accordance with biblical truth, Scripture says that there is an appointed time for everything, which includes seasons of love and laughter, but also of hurt and sadness (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8). So it should not come as a surprise when suffering, trials, and hurt come along (1 Peter 4:12). But the Apostle Paul offers some encouragement when he says that through Christ, times of hurt and tribulation bring about perseverance, proven character, and hope (Romans 5:3–4). Therefore, The Fantasticks offers a wonderful reflection of these truths that hurt is bound to happen, but there is hope that growth can follow.

Logan Hiskey plays Mortimer, the Man Who Dies, along with being dramaturg for Calvary’s production of ‘The Fantasticks’.

Bobby Clayton Memorial Tournament Golf Registration

Bobby Clayton Memorial Tournament Golf Registration

Calvary University’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament

Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament

June 4, 2021

2021 Golf Tournament in honor of Bob Clayton’s life, ministry and support of Calvary. 

Bob was a 1971 graduate of Calvary University (Calvary Bible College back in those days). Bob was an enthusiastic alumni supporter of Calvary and the school’s mission to prepare Christians to live and serve in the church and the world according to the biblical worldview”. Bob supported Calvary’s Golf Tournament fund raiser every year of its existence except in 2020 which was held right before he passed away. Up until his passing in September 2020, Bob was a pastor at Koinonia Bible Church and a master golf club fitter and teacher working out of Blue Hills Country Club. If you knew Bob personally, you knew you had a friend indeed! 

Bob Clayton


  • Format: 4-person team scramble 
  • Tournament is open to the first 36 teams. 
  • Entry fee is $125 per player. 
  • Entry fee includes Lunch prior to the start of the event and “Awards Dinner.” 
  • Raffle and Silent Auction will be held after the tournament during the dinner. 
  • Registration begins at 11:00a.m. and shotgun start begins at 1:00p.m. 


Sponsors will receive advertising space in the program for the Golf Tournament. Sponsorship levels are as follows:

$5000 – 4 Teams (full-page ad, logo on welcome banner)

$2500 – 2 Teams (full-page ad, logo on welcome banner)

$1000 – 1 Team (half-page ad)

Contact us for more information about being a sponsor of the 2021 Bobby Clayton Memorial Golf Tournament.

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Calvary Days: 3.21-22.2021

Calvary Days: 3.21-22.2021

Calvary Days

March 21-22, 2021

See for yourself what life is like as a Warrior!

    General Information

    • Calvary Days is geared toward high school juniors and seniors, and college freshman transfers.
    • What to bring: bedding, toiletries, medical release form, and payment if necessary.
    • All activities and meals are included in the registration fee!
    • Call us at 816-322-0110 for more information about group pricing.

    Registration Form

    Calvary Women Fall Just Short in Region Championship

    Calvary Women Fall Just Short in Region Championship

    The Calvary Warriors fell short in the NCCAA DII North Region Championship on Saturday afternoon as the team lost to #1 seeded Maranatha Baptist University 64-78 in Ankeny, IA. The Warriors came out quite strong, battling hard to take the lead for much of the first half before eventually losing the lead in the third quarter.   

    The Warriors endured foul trouble throughout the contest. They handled it well throughout the first half but came out flat after the half, losing momentum and going down eleven points in the quarter. Starting the fourth quarter with the deficit was too much to overcome in the end. Taylor Hunter valiantly tried to keep her team within reach with 35 points. Anna Holloway added 16 points to the cause. 

    “The effort and desire to play as a team gave us what we needed to finish the weekend well, stated Coach Tressa Shoemaker. “My desire was that if it was the end, we would end well together, fighting together, encouraging together, and glorifying God together … that’s what this team did.” 

    This team has accomplished more in the last three years than most expected. They have played for five titles, set records that will be difficult to break for years to come, and endeared themselves to the Calvary family. We want to let the players sign off for this season with their thoughts. Well done ladies!! 


     “We had an amazing last month of basketball. Everyone one of us got to be a star in our own way. We enjoyed each other so much during this time we spent as a team. This loss hurt so badly because we felt exhaustion like no other.  We played so well together because we wanted to succeed together. We loved well. God filled us with something different, His strength and endearing love. We used that and we got to this end, this wonderful yet bitter end.”  

    BAM (BethelAnn Manson)

    “Throughout this past season we have had some highs and lows. I am so grateful that I am on a team that lives for Him and praises God in the wins, but also in the losses. Even though today didn’t end the way that we wanted it to, I think it’s safe to say that we are all just filled with thankfulness to God for the past several years that we have had with one another.  


    “We were chosen for this. God placed us on this team, with this special group of girls and coaches and it’s all because of Him that we were able to accomplish so much in the past 3 to 4 years of being at Calvary.  It’s rare to find a team that loves each other this much and who glorifies the Lord through their actions. They all have become my best friends and I will remember these moments for the rest of my life, these are the stories that will be passed down from generation to generation.  


    Behind all the hours of practice and the coaches who’ve pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back.  


     “I am so thankful for my teammates and the memories we’ve made. I just want to thank them all for helping be grow and be the best me possible.”