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why intercultural studies?        

globally, 3.1 billion people remain unreached with the life-saving gospel.  through classroom instruction and partnerships with current practitioners in missions like avant, crossworld, biblical ministries worldwide, and ethnos360, the burnham center for global engagement provides students with the biblical and cultural knowledge and skills necessary for cross-cultural work and ministry.  the burnham center is designed to train students to effectively communicate the gospel in an ever changing world.

Locally, we live in a world with different worldviews/perspectives on life where the growing migration of people, current humanitarian crises, and refugee populations make it clear that our world will continue to grow even more diverse.  Soon the US will add many more cities to the already existing ones known as Majority-Minority cities.  This knowledge serves to underscore the necessity of understanding people from different cultures, worldviews, and backgrounds. What began as a discipline aimed at training missionaries now transitions to the training of future school teachers, businessmen & women, engineers, computer technicians, etc. who will need to understand how to effectively relate to and communicate with peoples of other cultures.

the burnham center exists to meet this growing need of individuals who can effectively work and minister in a rapidly changing world.

gracia burnham with joshua paxton (right)

a legacy of service and sacrifice

the burnham center is named for martin and gracia burnham, calvary alumni who served with new tribes mission (ethnos360).

martin was a missionary pilot who, along with gracia, was held captive in the philippines for over a year. martin lost his life during a rescue attempt; gracia was wounded but survived and has since gone on to tell their story and raise awareness for unreached people groups around the world.

more about the burnhams can be found on gracia’s website: //

programs of study

the intercultural studies program is designed to prepare the student for a variety of cross-cultural service opportunities from church planting to business as missions. it is also ideal for those who seek to work in the local church as missions pastors or for a missions agency in a variety of capacities. those who wish to work with other cultures will also find this program prepares them for the unique nature of refugee and immigrant ministry. new focus areas are currently under development, stay tuned for more information!

requirements for the intercultural studies major

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 a minor in intercultural studies is also available. for detailed descriptions of all of these classes, please see calvary’s catalog. talk to an admissions counselor (click here)


joshua paxton

director of the burnham center for global engagement

joshua paxton has been with calvary since 2012, first as missionary in residence and now as director of the burnham center.  josh and his wife amber have served with avant ministries, a kansas city based mission agency since 2009. josh still serves with avant part-time in a recruitment role. his experience includes time in italy, poland, and greece. his favorite classes to teach are cultural anthropology, cross cultural communication, and evangelism and church planting. he is still heavily involved in the kansas city community in ministries to immigrants and refugees.

tim hange

director of international student support

tim hange has just completed eight years of service as an academic missionary in moscow, russia. he and his wife served at hinkson christian academy, led english clubs and camps through the english cafe ministry, and tutored children at state orphanages.

tim’s hobbies include playing guitar, reading, playing strategic board games, and studying the russian language. his primary passions, however, are working with international students and creating contexts for discipleship through education. tim also directs our international student services programs and the tesol minor.

calvary study abroad

greek bible college

through its partnership with greek bible college in athens, calvary students have the opportunity to study in greece for up to a year and earn credit towards their degree at calvary. greek bible college’s international student program allows students to study in english in one of the lands of the bible.

students can take courses in old testament survey, new testament survey, corinthians, hebrews, inductive bible study, genesis, evangelism and more. also offered are four courses in understanding biblical greek. what can be better than learning greek in greece!

students will also have the opportunity to explore many of the areas that we read about in scripture, from athens to corinth to phillipi.

click here to learn more about this unique opportunity or speak with burnham center director, joshua paxton.

greek bible college – international student program

calvary is continually seeking new opportunities for its students, check back often!

upcoming trips

 the following trip are currently being planned for the 2019-2020 school year. stay tuned for more information! for any questions on these trips or to sign up contact joshua paxton or the designated trip leader.


brazil, march 2020

the women’s volleyball team is headed to brazil, march 20-29, 2020. they will be traveling to villages working with women and children along with pioneers missionaries.

leader: coach ashley spicer


greece, may 23-june 5, 2020

the burnham center will once again be leading students on a two week trip, walking in the footsteps of paul.

 leader: joshua paxton

philippines, july 2020

calvary’s intercultural studies, education, and tesol studies programs are teaming up to provide a conversational english program at cuatro christian academy in the philippines in the summer of 2020!

 leader: coach matt sanders


panama, july 2020

calvary’s men’s basketball team will be heading to panama in july 2020. 

 leader: tim hange


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