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McPherson, KS- The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Leonard “Lenny” F. Favara as the 14th President of Central Christian College of Kansas.  Dr. Favara was chosen following a thorough search and selection process. He takes over the post on a permanent basis after serving very capably as Interim President since June 2018.

Dr. Favara has dedicated much of his life to the Central Christian College community, and now we are looking forward to his leadership as our President. He was the student body chaplain when he was a student, and he has continued to serve well in many capacities at Central for over 20 years. Dr. Favara has taught and mentored students in the classroom, in residence living, and on the athletic fields, as well as most recently serving as Provost.  The Board, Faculty, Staff, and Students are filled with great anticipation for the future under his leadership. Dr. Favara has demonstrated commitment and dedication to the college’s past, and his passion and vision for the college’s future make him an outstanding choice as the next President.

Board Chair, Dr. Gary Anderson, CC’72, affirmed the appointment, “President Favara brings strong leadership skills, a career filled with many successes and much passion and vision for Central Christian College. We are confident that Lenny is the right person to lead our college well into the future.”

An ordained elder of the Free Methodist Church of North America, Favara comes with an extensive educational background, which began at Central Christian having earned an Associates and later, as a member of the first four-year graduating class, he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Ministry. In 2003 he graduated from Kansas State University with his Master of Science. Most recently, in 2009 he received his Doctorate in Philosophy in Psychology, with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, from Northcentral University in Scottsdale, AZ.

Humbled and honored to begin this new role at Central Christian, Favara said. “Scripture tells us that God orders our steps.  Therefore, I trust God’s timing and submit to His design during this important juncture in the history of this great institution. Dea and I stand ready to take on the enormously exciting challenge of running the next portion of the race set before us”,

Dr. Favara is married to Dr. Deanna (Martin) Favara, daughter of Kenneth, CC’61, and Vida Martin. Having served in a number of roles at Central Christian including Administrative Assistant to Student Development, Resident Director at Parson’s Hall, Online Instructor, and Director of Dual-Credit, “Dea” now looks forward to serving the campus community as First Lady. Having met at Central Christian, the two recently celebrated their 29th anniversary.  They have two children (Jeremiah & Joseph) that started Kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary this year.


Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church USA, Central Christian College was founded in 1884. The institution operates in McPherson, KS, fulfilling its mission to provide “Christ-centered education for character”. To read more about the institution’s legacy, mission, and activities, visit the website at


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