CCCB Inaugurates 57th Year with Convocation

Convocation services were held Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in the Ferneau Center  of Pelfrey Hall at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly at 7:00 p.m. 

Convocation marks the official start to the 57th academic year.  “Convocation is a time when we can gather as a group and together say that we want this to be a powerful year—a year of spiritual growth and becoming more who our Lord created us to be,” commented President Ron Oakes. 

This year’s speaker was Professor Emeritus Gareth Reese.  Professor Reese has been passionate about sharing God’s Word since his first sermon as a high school student. Now more than sixty years later, Mr. Reese continues to preach weekly in the local church. 


In addition to preaching, he also teaches and writes commentaries that are used in many classrooms across the country.  Mr. Reese has published eight bound commentaries and is working on his ninth.  He has other unbound notes and booklets that are available for purchase also and are used in churches and college classrooms.

Mr. Reese earned three degrees from Cincinnati Christian University (formerly Cincinnati Bible Seminary).  He completed his undergraduate work and also earned two master degrees while in Cincinnati.  He also earned a library science degree from the University of Missouri while he was serving as CCCB’s librarian. 

Athletics at Central have been touched by Mr. Reese also.  Not only was he the men’s basketball coach and athletic director for many years, he was instrumental in starting the Midwest Christian College Conference (MCCC).  Central continues to compete with other colleges within the MCCC.

He and his bride, Kathleen, will be married 57 years on September 2.  They have two sons and three grandchildren.

Worship music was under the direction of Professor of Youth Ministry, Dr. Rory Christensen.  He was joined by a team of students, including Student Council President Beth Owens.

A reception for all guests, students, and staff was held behind Pelfrey Hall.  Classes began at Central Christian College on Thursday morning, August 22.