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The early 1950's blessed the two schools with
continued growth. Both had seemingly established
firm roots on "permanent" campus sites. grateful to
leave their wandering days behind. The future ap-
But with the close of the decade came darkening
clouds to blanket their individual horizons. Troubled
times followed. Declining enrollments and financial
pressures produced in the eyes of many a bleak
future for both schools.
New life. however. dawned with the 60's as God.
ever faithful to His Word. began revealing His plan to
bring forth prosperity and blessing from tribulation.
Officials from both schools met to focus their collec-
tive attentions upon a proposed merger. Conversa-
tion developed into an established plan of action and
the proposal became reality. Kansas City Bible Col-
lege and Midwest Bible College frenamed in 19591
merged in May of 1961.
The newly formed institution was given a home on
the former KCBC campus at 75th and State Line and
was given the name Calvary Bible College. Board
members from both predecessor schools comprised
a new Board of Trustees, which named Rev. Roger J.
Andrus, retiring president of Midwest. to head the
The union produced a marriage of goals and pur-
poses from both of the original schools. This was
exemplified in the student body. which numbered
220 for the September 12th opening day of classes.
There was a melting pot of ideas, plans, hopes. and
Former KCBC Campus - hrs! home for CBC following merger in
traditions from which a common heritage was estab-
lished. This common heritage provided strength.
character. and direction for the school as a bright
future broke through the once-ominous clouds of
doubt and turmoil.
Five years later in 1966. Calvary's enrollment bal-
looned to 298. Outgrowing the Prairie Village loca-
tion. the college migrated back to the city and relo-
cated on the former campus of Loretto Academy at
1111 West 39th Street in Kansas City. Missouri fsee
belowl. The student body continued to spiral in num-
bers until enrollment peaked in 1971 at 384. Calva-
ry's campus again was taxed for space.
The spiral then shifted into reverse. however. and
enrollments dropped as the college once again found
itself traveling through rough waters with forecasts
and fears of doom bubbling to the surface.
But God had a future in His plan for the college and
in 1974 the previously troubled waters, now stilled
by the Master's touch. began reflecting optimism and
promise. The Board of Trustees selected Dr. Leslie
Madison to serve as president, filling a critical void
that had existed for more than two years. By 1978
the 39th Street campus was again full. yet still com-
fortable. The succeeding years brought further in-
creases in enrollment, with continued evidence of
God's rich blessings upon CBC.
For further information on the continued history of CBC. turn to
Permission granted for use of this article fwith minor adaptatinnsy
from the Calvary Review. Fall 1980 issue. Vol. XVIII. No. 3.”