Central Christian College originated on the plains of Nebraska in 1884 as Orleans Seminary. Free Methodist preacher Rev. C.M. Damon and his wife started the school for all grade levels from elementary through high school. In 1914, 30 years later, the school was moved to its present location in McPherson, Kansas. The school added the first two years of college and took on the new name of Central Academy and College.
Long known as the oldest junior college in the state of Kansas, Central College received accreditation from the North Central Association to award its first bachelor’s degree in 1991. In 1999, Central changed its name to Central Christian College to reflect its growing status as a regional four-year baccalaureate Christian institution of higher education.
In 2004, Central received official accreditation and approval to offer its remaining majors as four-year bachelor's programs. Additional majors planned for the future include music
Central has had 14 presidents in its history. Inducted in 2018, Central’s current president Dr. Leonard Favara has dedicated much of his life to Central, its students, staff, and alumni. His time at Central has transcended from pupil to professor to provost and now to President. He and his wife Dea both graduated from Central in the