Manhattan Christian College says
In 1927 the college was founded as a four-year undergraduate institution of higher education named Christian Workers University. The campus is located in the center of Manhattan, Kansas, a community of approximately 50,000 in the Kaw Valley and Flint Hills just north of Interstate Highway 70 between Salina and Topeka. The proximity of Manhattan Christian College (MCC) to Kansas State University (KSU) provides students with unique educational opportunities as well as a combination of evangelistic, cultural, and recreational activities. The name of the college was changed to Manhattan Bible College in 1930. A certificate of Amendment to the Articles of Incorporation changed the name to Manhattan Christian College on July 1, 1971.
Manhattan Christian College operates in the State of Kansas under the provisions of Kansas Statutes Annotated 74-3250(b) with approval to confer academic or honorary degrees given by the state board of education under the provisions of former K.S.A. 17-6105. The college operates as a not-for-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Code. There have been six presidents. The founder, Dr. Eugene Sanderson, served for one year. He was succeeded by Dr. Thomas H. Johnson, who served from 1928 until his death in 1952. O. Ray Burgess (1952) and Dr. Burton Thurston (1953-1955) followed in succession. Dr. Wilford F. Lown became president in 1955 and served for 26 years. In 1980 Dr. Lown initiated a planned transition of leadership, at which time the Board of Trustees called Kenneth Cable as executive vice president-president elect. In November 1981 Kenneth Cable became the sixth president of the College. In July 2006 the Board of Trustees have called Kevin Ingram to become the College's seventh president.
Distinctive programs of study include both single and dual-degrees as well as an adult degree completion program The college offers single degree programs which lead to bachelor of arts or science degrees in pastoral ministry, cross-cultural ministry, educational ministry, worship ministry, family ministry, youth ministry and Bible. The Leadership Education for Adult Development (LEAD) degree completion program assists learners interested in management and ethics in business in completing a college degree for personal and career development. The bachelor of theology degree is a fifth-year program of study and is designed for students who wish to complete additional study in Bible and theology. In 2009 MCC also received accreditation to offer two degree-completion programs online. These online degrees are bachelor of science degrees in Biblical Leadership or Management & Ethics. MCC programs of study can be taken in conjunction with numerous programs at KSU resulting in a dual-degree program. The more popular programs at KSU include accounting, agribusiness, computer science, elementary and secondary education, marketing, finance, family life and community service, radio/television, social work, and others. Students may opt to complete an associate degree in cross-cultural, educational, pastoral ministry, or general studies. A certificate of biblical literature may be earned in one year of study.
The college is firmly committed to the mission of educating, equipping, and enriching men and women for leadership and service in the name of Christ through the various degrees and certificates offered. Accepting that the biblical principle of the "priesthood of all believers" is more than a paid clergy, the college fosters a very broad view of what a ministry entails. Any student in a degree program has the opportunity to render ministry in a variety of contexts and diverse fields as a result of the academic programming and experiences received while at the college.
MCC is historically affiliated with nondenominational, independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of the Restoration Movement.