I grew up in a small town in Western Kentucky where corn fields and churches came in abundant supply. Everyone I knew attended church somewhere within our little county and that included myself. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was young but from that point on I did not learn the right tools or the discipline it took to walk in a relationship with Christ on a daily basis. Although I could sense his presence in my life, I was not founded deeply in the Lord and this led me to live for myself and for the things of the world for many years. It was during my sophomore year at Georgetown College that the Lord set me on the path to attend a Summer Project put on by Campus Outreach. During this summer I finally understood that Jesus didn't just want to save me from my sins but he wanted to have a relationship with me as well. Fortunately enough, it was at this same project that I finally learned how to practically walk with the Lord on a day to day basis.
Since then, as I have matured in my faith I have felt the Lord's call on my life to see other college students come to know Christ and for their lives to impact the world. I am passionate about seeing the lost nations coming to hear the gospel and to know Christ and I am excited to watch the Lord work through the lives of college students, and myself, for the sake of the nations.
Giving my life to Christ my freshmen year in high school didn’t really have any significance. The only thing that I understood was that I wasn’t going to this scary place called hell. I only wanted the blessings of God, while still living for myself.
Thankfully, God had me in the palms of His hands and was still revealing Himself to me. My freshmen year in College, Laura Oliver, who was involved with Campus Outreach, held a weekly night bible study in the dorm I was living in. I decided to go since it was what Christians did, and quickly found myself building a close relationship with Laura. She started inviting me Campus Outreach events, and it was at Summer Project did I genuinely see that I didn’t have a real relationship with Christ. I decided to recommit my life to Christ and not only make Him Savior of my life, but also Lord of my life. Since then, I have grown to have a vision for the Gospel to go to the nations, and to see young women love the Lord as He loves them. Coming on staff with Campus Outreach excites me, because I pray that I can be what Laura was for me to other women on the campus.
Growing up, I was not raised in the church. I believed if you were a good person and did the right thing, then you were in the clear. I had a skewed view of who God was, and it wasn't until my senior year of high school that my assistant soccer coach began to share the truth of who Christ was and how I could have a relationship with Him. Romans 6:23 had a major impact on how I viewed myself before a perfect and Holy God. I have done nothing to deserve His grace and mercy, but through His son, he has given me new life in Christ. About two weeks before I went to EKU is when the Lord truly opened my eyes, and that is when I desired a longing to know God.
I got involved with Campus Outreach shortly after arriving at EKU. A man by the name of Blake Buckman poured out his life for me and did whatever it took to reveal more and more of Christ's character to me. He challenged me in weekly bible studies to memorize scripture and pray for my friends to know Christ. He taught me how to lead other men in bible study and gave me the courage to speak, the confidence to stand and a heart to sacrifice for the cause of Christ. Soon after graduation, I married my wife, Faith, who went to Georgetown College and was involved with Campus Outreach there. The Lord has brought us both to love the college campus, and we want to see other students' lives impacted the same way that ours were. We are praying the Lord will use us up for His glory to reach college students at Northern Kentucky University and that His name will be proclaimed.
A Christian Music Artist once said that, "College does a good job of teaching you how to make a living, but does NOT do a good job of teaching you how to do a life." A verse that I continue to talk with college students is 2 Timothy 4:7-8 which says, " While physical training has some value... training in godliness has MORE value for this life and the life to come." Students come to colleges to train in all sorts of physical things: academics, social groups, sports/fitness, FOOD...etc. God's Word says that while that stuff is valuable to train in godliness has more value!
I went to EKU to train in physical things on a baseball scholarship in 2003. However the most valuable thing I did in college was train in godliness with Campus Outreach. I spent a lot of time on the field, at parties, and in the classroom. But it was my time training in godliness through discipleship, bible studies, church, retreats, etc that has been the most valuable thing in my life. I would not be near the child of God, husband, father, church member, worker, neighbor, etc... if it wasn't for my time training in godliness as a student involved with Campus Outreach when I was in college.
College ministry is fun! However the greatest thing about our job is to graduate godliness from the campus. Myself and many of my teammates, roommates, and friends from EKU put our faith in Christ for the 1st time in college and was discipled through the ministry of Campus Outreach. Many years after graduating we are still walking with the Lord, in godly marriages, raising our children, loving and serving our church, and using our resources for the Kingdom of God!
Thousands of students come to these cites to go to college and thousands end up staying in the city. To change the city I truly believe we need to reach and equip the next generation of college students.
Our family is committed to use our resources to share the gospel and to see the next generation of godliness graduate from the college campus.
Meg and I both came to know the Lord in college (Georgetown College for me, the University of Kentucky for Meg). Prior to knowing the Lord, we were both going down paths that brought glory to us and not to God. In his perfect plan, he used Christians in our lives to share with us the gospel of salvation, to which we both could not resist. Our lives changed in our respective schools (we did not know one another yet), and the process of santification began for both of us.
We were discipled by men and women who loved the Lord the rest of our days in college and The Lord gave us a vision to share the gospel with people at a full-time capacity. We want to see people to experience salvation like we did, and we want to see that happen on the college campus. We dream of seeing college students love Christ and the church for the rest of their lives, and become changed into men and women of God.