Calvary Bible College - Crown Yearbook (Kansas City, MO)

 - Class of 1983

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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- peared bright. 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 new school. 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 1961. 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 pages 84-85. Permission granted for use of this article fwith minor adaptatinnsy from the Calvary Review. Fall 1980 issue. Vol. XVIII. No. 3.

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