The Board of Directors of Central Christian College of the Bible named Dr. David Fincher as Interim President during a special meeting Monday, November 4, 2013. Dr. Fincher has been the Acting President since Dr. Ron Oakes resigned on October 4, 2013.
Chairman Gene McCoy said, “Acknowledging Dr. Fincher's loyalty and dedication for many years on the College's administrative team, the Board asked him to continue the leadership he offered as Acting President by appointing him to be Interim President throughout the current academic year.”
David Fincher is an alumnus of CCCB, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Theology in 1993. He joined the staff as a professor in 1996. In the summer of 2001, Dr. Fincher was named Academic Dean (now Vice President of Academics), and he has been serving in this role since that time. In addition to his education at Central, Dr. Fincher attended Lincoln Christian Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts in New Testament in 1996. In 2003 he earned a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Missouri.
In a letter written to supporting churches, Dr. Fincher stated, “We are working to ensure that Central has a bright future where we accomplish our mission and serve the needs of the church for Biblical higher education.”
He also highlighted four areas during this period of the College’s history that are important for its continued success: Accreditation, Affordability, Online Education, and Educational Partnerships.
Central continues to be accredited with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (www.abhe.org). The most recent reaffirmation was in February 2013, keeping the College accredited for the next ten years. CCCB recently was named a candidate for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North-Central Association (www.ncahlc.org). This group accredits many colleges in this region of the country, from community colleges to public universities and all sizes in between. Central was approved as a candidate in June 2013 and will have another visit in 2 years to assess progress towards the goal of regional accreditation with the HLC.
The College provides students attending classes in Moberly with the opportunity to receive a full-tuition scholarship. The conditions for receiving this scholarship are regular chapel attendance, completion of Christian service, and satisfactory grades. Low costs and generous financial aid make completing a residential Christian education at Central very affordable to most students.
Approximately 17% of CCCB students are online only, pursuing either an Associate of Biblical Studies or Bachelor of Religious Studies degrees. Shorter certificates are also available in Bible and Ministry. The online program allows those who are currently serving in churches far from Moberly to have access to Biblical higher education without leaving their church. This education is available anywhere and has proven very attractive to those who cannot move to Moberly.
Central’s educational partnerships allow students to utilize specialized training for careers that will support or provide skills for a student’s future ministry. One example is Moberly Area Community College, at which a student can study a variety of career options to become approximately 25% of the total credits taken in a degree. This affordable option provides students the flexibility to pursue a career to help pay for college or ministry work in the future. Another example is American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, which allows a Central student or alumni to receive secondary education licensing without the need for an additional degree or major.
Central Christian College of the Bible began in 1957 and is in its 12th year of providing full-tuition scholarships to develop servant-leaders for the church.