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UPDATED MERGER PROGRESS REPORT

Churches everywhere are praying for more servant-leaders with a sound biblical education.  To raise up many more such future leaders in new and affordable ways, the Trustees of Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, MO) and Saint Louis Christian College (Florissant, MO) are working towards a formal merger of their programs.  This merger is proceeding with the assistance and approval of The Solomon Foundation (Parker, CO), which owns the campuses of both institutions.  The merged institution will be known generally as Central Christian College of the Bible, offering programs in the traditional service areas of both colleges.

Since initial approval in October 2021, these steps have been taken to provide continuation of education for SLCC students and open up new options for Christian church ministry training in the St. Louis area.

  1. At their February 2022 annual meeting, the Association for Biblical Higher Education’s Commission on Accreditation approved the initial merger proposal. The final approval by the ABHE’s COA was received on June 2.

  2. Both boards of Trustees gave final approval to the merger at their meetings in April 2022. The SLCC board remains in place to complete formalities that will need approval over the coming weeks.

  3. Under the direction of attorneys from SpencerFane, preliminary paperwork necessary for the merger was approved by the State of Missouri in May. The next round of documents have been submitted to the Attorney General’s office. When they are approved, the final pieces of information will be filed with the Secretary of State to complete the merger.

  4. The SLCC Legacy Scholarship Fund will be established with The Solomon Foundation, using endowment funds from SLCC, to benefit currently enrolled SLCC students, SLCC alumni and their descendants, or new students from the Greater St. Louis Area who enroll at CCCB. These funds are in the process of being legally transferred as needed to satisfy the donors original purpose.

  5. The Solomon Foundation has identified a buyer from the St. Louis area, a Christian school that will enroll metropolitan and international boarding students. They are in the process of completing that paperwork.

  6. CCCB has signed a lease on almost 6,000 square feet of space in The Westport, located at 11960 Westline Industrial Drive, in the Westport region of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The space, which is on the same floor as a satellite campus of Lindenwood University on a different wing, will be remodeled with offices, a library of 7,000 volumes, and two classrooms to serve evening students, graduate students, and commuter students.

  7. Seven SLCC employees continued their service by joining the CCCB team in May 2022. Seven other SLCC employees were offered jobs with CCCB, but chose to retire, take a different ministry, or remain in the St. Louis area.

  8. SLCC honored its graduating class, its alumni, and its former employees through a special celebration in late April. A final newsletter for Summer 2022 is available online at this link. It tells the story of SLCC’s history and contains photos of key personnel through its 66 years of history.

  9. SLCC’s final academic and fiscal year closed, effective May 31. Auditors have now begun the final review of records which should culminate in the completion of all business by the end of June 30. A few SLCC employees are continuing through the end of June to pay bills, finalize audit details, and complete necessary paperwork.

  10. CCCB has taken over the legacy paperwork and records for SLCC. Pending final approvals, the two organizations will officially merge in the coming days. All gifts made payable to SLCC will be receipted by SLCC until the final merger papers are signed. At that point any remaining SLCC funds will go to CCCB to continue the work of ministry education in the St. Louis area.

  11. Day and evening students from SLCC have been scheduled for courses to continue the completion of their studies through a teach-out plan with CCCB.  Following the completion of the merger, up to three SLCC Trustees will be invited to join the CCCB board.

  12. CCCB will begin offering undergraduate evening classes later in 2022 and further class options on a schedule that will be released in the coming months.

Further updates will be posted at www.cccb.edu/merger and www.stlchristian.edu/merger as they become available.  Questions may be sent to Dr. David Fincher (president@cccb.edu) or President Terry Stine (tstine@stlchristian.edu) via email.

DR. DAVID FINCHER
CCCB PRESIDENT

TERRY STINE
SLCC PRESIDENT