Central Christian College of the Bible hosted their Servant-Leader Celebration on the campus located at 911 East Urbandale Drive, on Wednesday, December 7. The Servant-Leader Celebration brought together people from this area to highlight Central’s mission of developing servant-leaders for the church.
The Servant-Leader Celebration was emceed by Corey Mehaffy, Interim Director of the Northern Missouri Community Foundation and board member of CCCB. Other members of the host committee included President & Mrs. David Fincher, President Emeritus & Mrs. Lloyd Pelfrey, and Board Chairman Gene McCoy.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet some students and hear how their lives have benefitted from the Full-Tuition Scholarship. Darryl Ammon, minister at the Prairie Hill Christian Church near Salisbury and CCCB’s Director of Student Development, shared how his family moved to Moberly in 2002 from Idaho so he and his youngest daughter could enroll at CCCB. Sallyann Belton, a sophomore student from the Marshall Islands, shared some of her experiences of helping in the Moberly community. She shared her favorite service experience so far: “giving the Omar Bradley statue a bath.”
The Servant-Leader Celebration featured entertainment by the Moberly High School Chamber Choir and the presentation of colors by the JROTC. The event also included recognition of Mr. Ron Self for his more than 40 years of servant-leadership on the Board of Directors of Central Christian College of the Bible.
Lloyd Pelfrey, President Emeritus, presented a summary of Mr. Self’s contributions to the College and the community. Mr. Pelfrey commented, “The Servant-Leader Lifetime Achievement Award celebration includes a very appropriate recognition for Ron Self as a member of the board of Central Christian College of the Bible for 40 years, and he has served as the secretary almost the entire time.”
President Emeritus Pelfrey asked Ron Self to be the secretary for the board after witnessing his dedicated efficiency as the secretary of the Moberly Kiwanis Club. Mr. Self has been a member of Kiwanis for over 43 years, and he has served as the secretary for this civic club for all but the first years.
Ron Self’s professional résumé shows that he has served in three basic areas: church, education, and the community of Moberly. In many cases these areas have overlapped, and occasionally all three are involved, such as his being on the Board of the Pre-School program for Timber Lake Christian Church since the Pre-School began.
In the field of education he received the Missouri Retired Teachers Association Distinguished Regional Retiree of the Year Award in 2013, and in September of this year the Moberly Public School Foundation gave him the Distinguished Educator Award.
He serves and has served in other ways in the community: as a board member of the Little Dixie Regional Library for 13 years, as an ambassador for the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, a former member of the Randolph County Red Cross Board, and as member of a group named “SHINE” that helps new teachers in their first year.
“It is very evident that he has really given back to the community where he was born and where he has lived for most of his adult life,” Mr. Pelfrey concluded.
Central Christian College of the Bible was founded in 1957 to recruit and train leadership for the church. In 2001 Central began offering Full-Tuition Scholarships to all students. Since then, over 2,500 students have attended the College and almost 1,000 degrees have been granted.