Culver-Stockton College, an institution with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1853 by members of the Disciples of Christ Church, celebrated its covenant with the Canton Christian Church on Sunday, February 18, 2024. The church, located at 512 College Street in Canton, Missouri, held the event in coordination with its 10:45 am service.

CCC CSC Covenant

For over 170 years, Culver-Stockton College has stood as a beacon of educational and historical significance, weathering the storms of the Civil War and the Great Depression, while consistently championing social equality and embracing technological advancements.

“The annual visit to the Canton Christian Church serves as a significant reminder of the College’s deep-rooted ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),” stated Dr. Lauren Schellenberger, president. “This tradition reaffirms the College’s unwavering commitment to its heritage and longstanding partnership with the Christian Church.”

This year’s service held special significance as Culver-Stockton College welcomed esteemed alumnus Jim Cullumber ‘80, the newly appointed director of development/advancement for Higher Education & Leadership Ministries, who delivered the message during the worship. Additionally, the installation service of Campus Chaplain Rev. Dr. Mandy Tarpening ’99 was a memorable occasion for all in attendance.

Featured Image: L-R: Canton Christian Church Pastor Amanda Gosik, Dr. Lauren Schellenberger, and Campus Chaplain Mandy Tarpening during the covenant ceremony on Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Rev. Dr. Mandy Tarpening gave the children’s message.

L-R: Rev. Ron Routledge, Mid-America regional minister, along with Dr. Lauren Schellenberger
and Rev. Dr. Many Tarpening, during the installation of Tarpening as C-SC Campus Chaplain.

C-SC Alumnus Jim Cullumber ’80, brought the Heritage Day message.

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NOTE: A number that appears immediately after a person’s name (i.e. Jane Doe ’18) is a reference to the year that person earned their bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton.

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