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Student Ambassadors

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Ambassadors of Manhattan Christian College are an important leadership and service-based organization of the college. Their love of the college and her mission help them share the MCC story with alumni and friends of the college. These students represent MCC at churches and functions around the Midwest. 

Please contact GenaeDenver at gdenver@mccks.edu or 785-539-3571 to schedule an ambassador visit for the 2016-2017 school year!

AMBASSADOR PROFILES:

Name: Collin Schlotfeldt

CollinS.jpgSchool Year: Junior
Home Town: Center Point, IA. 
My aspirations (goals, vision): I hope to work in long-term missions with Spanish-speaking people.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My parents, home church staff, and Jesus Christ.
How I got to MCC: I was recruited by a camp team. I visited the college and haven't turned back!
What I’ve learned: I've grown a ton in my faith, my knowledge of the Bible, and in who I am.
When I’m not in class: I am hanging out with the pals, exploring town, hammocking, long boarding, watching movies, or just hanging out.
Why I am an ambassador: I love Jesus and Manhattan Christian College!

 

Name: Taylor Van Leuven

School Year: Sophomore
Home Town: Phoenix, AZTaylorV.jpg
My aspirations (goals, vision): To one day counsel victims of sex trafficking.
My inspiration (heroes, models): Sophia Bush, my youth leader, and Kim Wright. 
How I got to MCC: The lead pastor at my home church graduated from MCC, and continually told me about the college.
What I've learned: How to incorporate my faith into my studies, and what it means to be a Christian leader.
When I’m not in class: I watch Disney movies, read books, and play ping pong.
Why I am an ambassador: To represent the community of MCC while meeting
and helping grow the church.

 

Name: Gage Welborn

School Year: Sophomore
Home Town: Topeka, KS
My aspirations (goals, vision): To be the best in FIFA(soccer), to be a strong GageW.jpg
man of God.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My great grandfather.
How I got to MCC: Soccer Coach Dr. Rick Wright and family that had been
to MCC before encouraged me to come.
What I’ve learned: How to better understand the Bible from various
points of view.
When I’m not in class: I like to explore and play soccer.
Why I am an ambassador: To try doing something outside of my comfort
zone and serve the Lord.

 

Name: Alaina Witzke

School Year: 2nd Semester Sophomore
Home Town: Topeka, KS
My aspirations (goals, vision): To be a special education teacherAlainaW.jpg
in an elementary school.
My inspiration (heroes, models): Adjunct Prof. Bobby Randall
How I got to MCC: I came to visit, and fell in love with the dorm and girls
living there.
What I’ve learned: I've learned so much about God's unconditional love, and
what it really means to be a follower of Christ.
When I’m not in class: I adventure. I like to roam around and climb things. If
I'm not outside or doing homework, I'm crafting.

 

Name: Fred Douglas II

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Home Town: Overland Park, Kansas
My aspirations (goals, vision): To be the youth minister/pastor of a church.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My parents, Prof. Russ York
How I got to MCC: Alumni from Legacy told me about the school, Coach Shawn Condra wanted me to play basketball.
What I've learned: I've learned that you're never too young to do ministry.
When I'm not in class: I play basketball, hangout with friends, or read.
Why I am an ambassador: I want to represent the school well and practice
my preaching/teaching.

 

Name: Jennifer Tarbutton

School Year: SophomoreJenniferT.jpg
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas
My aspirations (goals, vision): To serve the Lord to my best capacity and to love whole-heartedly.
My inspiration (heroes, models): Cassidy Sweet
How I got to MCC: There are a bunch of alums at my home church who told me about MCC, and also through Christ in Youth representatives.
What I've learned:I've learned how to work and study hard with classes and to trust God fully.
When I'm not in class: I like to watch Netflix, mainly The Office, and go get ice cream with friends.
Why I am an ambassador: I want to be more involved with the school and represent MCC
in more places than Manhattan and have the experiences of seeing other churches in Kansas.

 

Name: Zach Price
School Year: Junior
Home Town: Phoenix, AZ
My aspirations (goals, vision): I want to be a family/children's ministry pastor andZachP.jpg
hopefully one day be a head swim coach of my own team.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My mentor (Jesse Daniels) and my aunt (Cecilia Hernandez).
How I got to MCC: Through the alumni on staff at my home church.
What I’ve learned: The community at MCC is amazing and it feels like home.
When I’m not in class: I am drinking coffee, swimming, listening to music, serving or hanging out with friends.
Why I am an ambassador: To represent MCC and how it has impacted my life. I am very excited to get others to come to MCC and to show my love for the school.

 

Name: Melanie Montgomery
School Year: Junior
Home Town: Earlham, IA
My aspirations (goals, vision): I want to work with youth from dysfunctionalMelanieM.jpg
families, wherever that takes me. I don't have a specific place in mind yet for
long term, but I would like to leave the States for at least a few years.
My inspiration (heroes, models): The amazing friends in my life and their incredible faith.
How I got to MCC: I fell in love with the campus my freshman year of high school. I am here at MCC because this is where God laid it on my heart to go and this is where I belong.
What I’ve learned: Nothing in life is constant aside from God. But through it all, He sustains and provides for us. He will hold me together when my life is falling apart.
When I’m not in class: I am reading, watching Netflix, or hanging out with friends.
Why I am an ambassador: I want to go out and experience different church dynamics and meet
people I otherwise would never meet while also promoting the college I love.

 

Name: Casey McMillen

School Year: Sophomore
Home Town: Phoenix, ArizonaCaseyM.jpg
My aspirations (goals, vision): To one day start my own church.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My parents and my grandparents.
How I got to MCC: I had lots of friends that decided to drag me out here (almost against my will). Luckily I fell in love with MCC.
What I've learned: I have learned how my faith can integrate with my school work.
When I'm not in class: I am playing golf and video games.
Why I am an ambassador: To represent MCC and show others why it is a great school.

 

Name: Dacia Whiteley

School Year: Senior
Home Town: Abilene, KansasDaciaW.jpg
My aspirations (goals, vision): I have been called to go out and to empower
youth that have no home and to help them find their home in the kingdom of God.
My inspiration (heroes, models): Danette and Darren Whiteley, Judy and Dean Whitely, and Melanie Montgomery.
How I got to MCC: All of the ministers at my church graduated from MCC. I also learned more about the college through camp teams and ambassadors.
What I've learned: I have learned how to trust God more fully. Not that I have come anywhere close to perfecting that trust, but it's grown. I have also learned how trusting Him more empowers me to do more to build up His Kingdom.
When I'm not in class: I am everywhere else. I am at home watching Netflix, in the dorms talking for
hours, in Aggieville getting coffee, at Manhattan Hill or other sites enjoying God's creation, the list
goes on.
Why I am an ambassador: Because I want to help Grow God's Kingdom here and now, as well as
promote MCC, a place where I have really grown.

 

Name: Rachel Riedy

School Year: Junior
Home Town: Topeka, KSRachelR.jpg
My aspirations (goals, vision): If the door opened, I would drop everything and leave today to be a missionary. I feel called to reach the unreached, people in areas that have never heard the Gospel or who don't have Bibles in their language.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My role model is Audrey. She was my youth pastor for several years. She taught me patience, showed me grace, and instilled in me the desire to seek after God always.
How I got to MCC: I fell in love with the school after my visit. For me, there was no question, I knew I would soon call this place home.
What I’ve learned: I've learned to be patient with others, with uncontrollable circumstances,
with myself and also with the Lord. Even when I don't understand, I choose Him!
When I’m not in class: I love to craft and explore. I am a barista. And when it rains, I go on bike rides.
Why I am an ambassador: I want to be a part of unifying the students, church, college and "the body" community.

 

Name: Brady Pope

School Year:Sophomore
Home Town: Bixby, OklahomaBradyP.jpg
My aspirations (goals, vision): Be the best man of God I can be and be good at video games.
My inspiration (heroes, models): My dad and older brother.
How I got to MCC: My youth pastor and worship minister are both alumni.
What I've learned: I have always not liked being alone but since coming I have learned that I need my alone time.
When I'm not in class: Probably practcing my video game skills.
Why I am an ambassador: Felt that it would be a good way to give back to MCC by telling people about my experiences.

 

Name: Cassidy Sweet

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Home Town: Salina, Kansas
My aspirations (goals, vision): To one day work at a non profit orginization and inner-city missions work.
My inspiration (heroes, models): Jennifer Tarbutton
How I got to MCC: A student at MCC did an interneship at my church, and told me a lot about it. I then became interested and came on a visit and loved it.
What I've learned: I have learned to study the word better and to not just see it as purely emotional or purely factual, but to combine the two.
When I'm not in class: I am telling jokes. All the time.
Why I am an ambassador: I worship best through service and look forward to serving in other
churches and meeting the people there.

 

Name: Jenette Follmer
School Year: SophomoreJenetteF.jpg
Home Town:Earlham, IA
My aspirations (goals, vision): My goal in everything I do is to proclaim the name of Jesus. My greatest dream is to have a story worth telling. 
My inspiration (heroes, models): My grandparents, parents, and siblings are all people I admire. They inspire me to learn from them and to be the best I can be. 
How I got to MCC: My parents are MCC alumni. MCC also offered the best program for me and I saw the most potential on campus.
What I’ve learned: I have learned so much about academics, laundry, and friends. I have learned that even with newfound independence, I can depend completely and solely on God.
When I’m not in class: I can be found with a book, hiking around city park, or spending time
with amazing friends.
Why I am an ambassador: I am an ambassador because I love MCC and am thrilled to represent
it, but more importantly because I love God and want to seek every opportunity to share His love.