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2022 Chaney Bible Lecture Returns in Person to Great Success

The Ministry and Theology Department once again hosted the annual Chaney Lecture on April 2, 2022 on campus. This year’s speaker was Dr. Jenny Matheny, assistant professor of Old Testament and director of the Wyncoop Center for Women in Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

The Edris and Albert Chaney and Beverly (Chaney) Spann Bible Lecture Series has brought top scholars and lecturers to CCCK since 2004. The Chaney Bible Series has equipped and enlivened our student body and local ministers and visitors from the beginning. While covid brought some disruption in recent years, the in person event this year brought spiritual refreshment to the campus and local community.

Matheny spoke on to the entire student body and guests at morning chapel. Her focus was “Ruth: Looking for God in our unfinished stories.” Dr. Matheny later held a Q & A lunch with students and visitors. She later led a discussion time with ministry students and guests on the subject of Scripture and Ministry Leadership. During the evening session, attended by about 60 people, in Greer Auditorium Dr. Matheny challenged her audience with her presentation “Violence in Silence: The book of Ruth as an answer to Judges 19-21.”

Dr. Mindi Grieser Cromwell, Ministry and Theology Chair, said of the event, “We were so excited to get back to in person Chaney Lectures and Dr. Matheny was the perfect person to lead our time. We in the ministry department had staff, students, and guests comment on how Dr. Matheny’s topics were so timely and spirit filled!

CCCK junior Emily Engebretsen said, “I love how Dr. Matheny had a practical view on how it does not matter where you come from but God can use you anyway by showing us examples from the book of Ruth.” Ashton Travis, a CCCK sophomore, summed up many attendee’s feelings: “I enjoyed Dr. Matheny sharing her testimony with us and giving us an insight on what it looks like to be a female pursuing ministry. I love how genuine and authentic she was when it came to sharing her testimony.”

From the morning chapel to meeting with students and visitors, Dr. Matheny brought us into focus as we deepened our engagement with the Scripture in our lives!


Central Christian College of Kansas is a regionally accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs. Central strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, soul, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central’s Education Department check out Ministry Departmental Website.

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