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Former President Roger J. Andrus first joined
the Midwest Bible and Missionary Institute in
1946, having just graduated from Dallas Theologi-
cal Seminary with his Th.M. He progressed
through such positions as Registrar. Academic
Dean. and Executive Vice-President. In 1956 he
became the president of Midwest and led the col-
lege into the merger with Kansas City Bible Col-
lege. The merger was effected in the spring of
1961 by Dr. Andrus and Dr. Al Metzger, then
interim president of KCBC. Dr. Andrus continued
to lead Calvary as President during the move in
1966 to the 39th Street Campus until ill health
forced his resignation in the spring of 1973.
Dr. Andrus was honored on December 4. 1973.
when the Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred
upon him during a special convocation in the col-
lege chapel. Special recognition was also given
him at that time by the IFCA for his many years of
faithful service in the cause of Christ.
After leaving Calvary he went on to serve with
International Missions and then pastored the Com-
munity Bible Church in Omaha. Nebraska. until
Dr. Leslie Madison accepted a unanimous call to
Calvary Bible College on July 26. 1974. This fol-
lowed a time of real heart-searching and seeking
of God's will.
ln order to prepare for the ministry. he attended
Moody Bible Institute from 1947-1950. While sub-
sequently involved in a church-planting ministry in
Colorado he received his B.A. from Rockmont Bi-
ble College. He later attended Dallas Theological
Seminary, earning his Th.M. in 1960 and his Th.D.
in 1963. While studying at Dallas he started and
pastored the Northwest Bible Church in Fort
Worth. Texas. for the twelve years prior to his
coming to C.B.C.
Dr. Madison's goals for Calvary fthe same as
when he camej are: QU maintenance of the com-
mitment as a Bible college: Q21 characterization as
a school holding to fundamental theology: 13, op-
eration under sound financial policies: my commit-
ment to the interests of the local church: 151 ex-
pansion of the schooI's ministry to the Kansas
City constitutency: Q61 emphasis upon Christian
character building: UQ increasing student involve-
ment in evangelism: and Q81 the application of
Christian principles and standards in separated
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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.
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