2013 Distinguished Alumni Award
Kenneth Cable, ‘58
In 1956 while a student at MCC, Ken was called to be the part-time minister of a new church that was starting in Wichita, KS, called Glenn Park Christian Church. At the time, a group of 35 people were meeting each week in the 3-bedroom home of one of the church members. After his graduation in the spring of 1958, the church continued to grow and moved from the house they were meeting in to a junior high school. In 1960, the church had purchased enough lots to build their own building. God continued to move in miraculous ways and by 1972 the church had more than 1,000 members.
After 16 years, Ken left his role of shepherding a congregation to join the leadership team of Christian Missionary Fellowship in Indianapolis, IN. His main responsibility was to raise the support needed to fund the work of the organization as well as the missionaries. Contributions more than doubled during his 5 years there. In 1977, Ken became the Director of Development for Friends University in Wichita, KS. During his three years with Friends, the University underwrote a capital indebtedness of more than $2 million and annual contributions doubled.
In 1980, Ken became the Executive Vice President-President Elect for Manhattan Christian College. In this period of transition, his primary responsibility was to raise support for debt reduction. In 1981, Ken was inaugurated as the College’s sixth President and he served in that capacity until he retired in 2005.
Ken’s leadership and influence over his tenure as President impacted every area of college life. After expanding the Campus Center, he worked to raise $1.3 million in 93 days which was enough to stop the foreclosure of the College during the Miracle Campaign. God provided and the College was able to reach many other milestones under Ken’s direction. Throughout his 25-years of service, enrollment doubled and the number of students graduating more than tripled. Regional accreditation was realized. Academic programs were added. Financial stability and acquisitions of properties for campus development were also achieved. Zoning for the Master Campus Plan was approved by the city of Manhattan and new facilities were constructed.
Ken and his faithful ministry partner and wife, Phyllis, have two children and four grandchildren.