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On Friday March 11th, The Bohnenblust family along with a bevy of community volunteers graced the Grand Ballroom of the McPherson Opera House as a part of Central Christian College’s Annual Volunteer Luncheon. This event is one of great pride, hosted by The Foundation of Central Christian College, for the purpose of honoring those who give to the college the gifts of time and energy as volunteers. The pinnacle of this event is the presentation of the Servant Leader Award. The criteria for this prestigious award calls for the nominee to have a life-long and growing commitment to Jesus Christ, an affiliation with Central Christian College such as being a former student, alum, teacher, staff member or family member of the above, and who has given long and significant service to society with special consideration for service to others through the church or church related organizations. This annual selection is made by the Foundation of Central Christian College Advancement Office and each nominee is carefully researched and studied as it is the desire that the Servant Leader embody Christ and be an example for the current students of Central Christian.
This year’s winner, the 23rd in Central’s history, is a gentleman whose name has become synonymous with the college–David Bohnenblust. Although not an alum himself, he has cared for the college as if it were his home. He and his wife Mary are proud parents of five CCCK alum, all who showed themselves to be exemplary during their time with Central. David and Mary have also been faithful donors to the college throughout the years. As an active participant in the CCCK Business Drive, David has raised money for many Central Christian projects but his care for the community reaches beyond the CCCK campus. He has taken part in fundraising campaigns for computers for Elyria Christian School, concerts at the McPherson Opera House, the Meadowlark Trail/Central Kansas Conservancy bike trail, and many others. David has not only invested his money into the community, but his time. The many avenues in which David has served include the McPherson Recreation Commission as a youth soccer, basketball, and baseball coach, a Trustee for Calvary Baptist Church, President and board member of the McPherson and Marion County American Red Cross, a volunteer for the United Way, and in a variety of political positions championing for the state of Kansas.
Bohnenblust concluded his acceptance speech with, “I would like to thank Central College for this award and thank Central College for helping raise our kids.”
Central Christian College has been blessed by the many people who have given their time in service to the college and its mission of providing “Christ-Centered Education for Character.”
ABOUT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS
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 go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.