Our Staff and Primary Contact Person
Director: Mrs. Janet Perrigo
We are a College of Missions and Ministry
Christ Central Institute (CCI) is the educational arm of parent organization, Christ Central Ministries, Inc., Columbia, SC. Founded in Fall of 2002, CCI is a Wagener SC based center of Christian higher education and missions training. Classes are offered at the main campus in Wagener, at our new Hope Plaza facility in Columbia, and, from time to time, at other locations around the state. Volunteer instructors include experienced pastors and Bible scholars as well as lay Christians with a broad range of church backgrounds and business experiences. Practicums may be available at any of our dozens of mission locations or ministries.
At the Wagener campus, resident full-time students may reside in beautifully-renovated homes and apartments and enjoy dining and socializing together in the Community Missions Research Building and The Expressions Coffee Shop on campus. Our mid-state location(s) also facilitate participation by part-time and commuter students.
Because Christ Central Ministries has around fifty mission locations in South Carolina providing basic needs such as food and clothing, transitional housing, recovery support, children’s ministries, veteran support, life skills, outdoor experiences, GED assistance, and community development, we are well positioned to provide meaningful practical experiences as key components of the education we offer.
Our Specific Focus and Mission
Our Mission Statement: “Enriching Communities through Education”
The focus of Christ Central Ministries is on bringing together the churches, businesses, schools, government units, and individuals in poor communities to identify and solve the major problems facing the communities to and improve the lives of the citizens. It is that focus that drives the curriculum of CCI.
Christ Central Institute’s facilities occupy a number of locations within easy walking distance in the pleasant small town atmosphere of Wagener. Local churches, restaurants, and stores are also within walking distance. Full time resident students don’t even need a car since CCI will provide any needed transportation to practicum sites and other off-campus activities. To provide meaningful experience and keep costs down, students participate in the care, cleaning, and maintenance of CCI buildings and grounds. It’s another way to build community and learn how to serve.
Our Invitation to You
CCI is a special place where you can partner with faculty, staff, and fellow classmates to discover the unique and wonderful vocation or calling God has for you. Please consider joining us if you feel called to do so.