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  Each year, our faculty awards three alumni honorary membership in Delta Epsilon Chi –the Honor Society of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Selection is based upon having graduated at least 10 years ago, having demonstrated approved Christian character, and displaying leadership ability in Christian work.  The recipients are chosen from the anniversary graduates of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 years prior.   The following three graduates were recognized by our faculty and announced during the 2016 Commencement ceremony.

Dan SchantzDaniel Schantz (Class of 1966)

Following his graduation from Central in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Dan took on a full-time ministry in Hannibal, Missouri.  In 1968, he was asked to come back to Central and teach Christian Education courses, which he did until his retirement in 2011, when he was named Professor Emeritus. During the years, he also enjoyed teaching Bible classes, with Proverbs and Ecclesiastes being his favorite.  Mr. Schantz is widely known as an author of over 20 books and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers.  He still has articles regularly published, many of which include his reflections on his teaching career at Central.  Dan’s faithful service to the kingdom of God as a teacher, preacher, and writer for the past 50 years led the faculty to award him this honor.

Jon Ralls

Jonathan Ralls (Class of 1996)

Following a successful military service in the Navy, Jon began his college career at Central in the Fall of 1992, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries in 1996.  He served churches in Missouri, Arizona, and Iowa before returning to Central to serve as Director of Admissions and Men’s Basketball coach.  He later became the Men’s Residence Director and Professor of Communication and Ministry.  Jon’s heart for evangelism and discipleship led him to serve the mission field in Taiwan, as well as later becoming Campus Minister at the Christian Campus House in Warrensburg, Missouri.  Jon is currently serving as Vice-President of Communication and Mobilization at Team Expansion in Louisville, Kentucky.  Jon’s faithful kingdom service as a teacher, missionary, and recruiter of kingdom servants over the past 20 years led the faculty to award him this honor.

harper-08292014Walt Harper (Class of 2006)

Hailing from New London, Iowa, Walt Harper began attending Central in the Fall of 2002.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Research in 2006, Walt left Moberly to minister and attend seminary in Illinois.  While serving as youth minister at Oak Grove Christian Church in Beckley, West Virginia, Walt accepted an offer to become Professor of Bible and Ministry with oversight of our Youth & Family Ministry program.  In his first two years on our faculty, Walt has taught several different classes, and the students have responded favorably to his leadership in the classroom, as well as his availability outside of the classroom.  Walt’s faithful service to the church and the cause of Christian higher education in the 10 years since graduation led the faculty of Central to recognize Walt Harper with this honor.

We congratulate each of these men for their years of service and commitment to Christian leadership that emerged from their education at Central Christian College of the Bible.

Read more posts from our June-September 2016 Edition of theTorch.

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