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Successful McPherson Business Drive 2022

The Annual Business Drive is an event hosted by the Central Christian College Advancement Office with the primary aim to raise support for scholarships for CCCK students. This year’s lofty goal of $43,000 was surpassed with a total raised of $47,000 by the McPherson Business Community.

This year’s Drive moved through three sequential and successful phases: The Advance Phase, the General Phase, and the Follow-Up phase:  The Advance Phase involved six community banks visiting with selected accounts for major gifting. Chet Lang, Advance Phase Chairman, stated, “I am proud of the efforts of this years’ Advance Phase team members and the McPherson business community that gives so generously for the advancement of the students at Central Christian College.” Lang continued, “The annual Business Drive is a great opportunity for college and community persons working together.” 

The General Phase paired community volunteers with Central students the morning of March 8th who completed personal visits with McPherson businesses. Central’s director for the Business Drive, Joe Johnston, said, “Connecting the McPherson community with Central students has both a short-term and long-term relationship benefit.” Johnston went on to say, “I still maintain contact with several of the students I was paired with when I was a community volunteer.”

The Follow-Up Phase was provided by Central’s Advancement and Foundation officers, Dr. David Ferrell, Executive Director of the Foundation of Central Christian College; Dr. Dean Kroeker, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations; and Joe Johnston, Major Gift Officer for Central Christian College. Each personally reached out to the supporting businesses to thank them for their contributions to Central Christian College and its mission of Christian Centered Education for Character.

The Central Christian College community is thankful to all the volunteers who made this event a success. McPherson Advance Phase volunteers included:  Chet Lang, Emprise Bank (Captain); Brad Bengtson, Home State Bank–a part of Citizens State Bank; Chad Alexander, Peoples Bank & Trust; Landon Shaw, First Bank Kansas; Zach Hoppes, Farmers State Bank; Erica Douglas, Sunflower Bank. General Phase community volunteers included team captains Jeff Odermann, Tyler Glidden, and Susan Hawley. General Phase team members included Lanae Powell, Hoyt Estes, Jerry Fithian, Julie Holloway, Todd Huddle, Laurel Kenney, Rob Mackey, Ronn Peters, Austin Regier, Jerry Meng and Ardie Streit.

Central students paired with community volunteers included: Alyx Parrott, Natalie Vines, Reece Warren, De Balencia, Ricky DiVincenzo, Malachi Far, Altavia Hal, Laura Lee, Kaity Maldonado, Maddie Morton, Byron Staten, Eli Campbell and Drew Schrader.

Central Christian College is honored by being surrounded by such a loyal and supportive business community.


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 Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.

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