CENTRE COLLEGE

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Bradley & Mackenzie Dean

I grew up going to church every Sunday and youth group every Wednesday for all the wrong reasons. I rebelled throughout high school and into my first year of college, confused and longing for anything that could fill the emptiness that I felt. At a Campus Outreach meeting my freshman year I met a sophomore named Tyler Sole, who came to know Jesus during college during his freshman year. I began hanging out with him and going to his weekly Bible study soon after that. I listened to what he had to say because I could tell he truly cared about me. God saved me through that intimate Bible study and through Campus Outreach events near the beginning of my sophomore year college.

I thought that being a moral person would forgive my sins, until God showed me in His Word that “if righteousness came through the Law, then Christ died for no purpose.” (Gal. 2:21) Good works can’t save a sinner, only true faith in Jesus can. The truth that I was so dead in my sin that I couldn’t save myself set me free to lay down my life at the foot of the cross of Christ. God has now called me to full-time campus ministry, the very place He changed my life only a few years ago. In prayer and proclaiming, by His grace, God will reach the United States and the Nations of the world through His Christian leaders that will fill the workforce coming out of college. My aim is to share this same Gospel of grace to men and women seeking purpose in college like I was, “warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.” (Col 1:28-29) It is a privilege to be chosen by my Creator to work for Him through this great ministry!

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josh & jessica duncan

Growing up in Georgia, my wife Jessica and I both came to know Christ during our high school years. During college, I was deeply impacted by Christ through the staff and ministry of Campus Outreach. As a burden began to grow for Christ to be made known on the college campus, my wife and I were given the opportunity to come on staff with Campus Outreach. In September 2004, we moved to Kentucky with the desire to see God bring college students to Christ and impact the campus, culture, and world with the gospel. Since then we have seen hundreds of lives transformed by the gospel! We have had the privilege to see students transformed by the gospel on the campus, who are now seeking to influence others for Christ in many realms of the professional world. Over these years God has blessed us with three boys, Judah, Asher, and Levi. Now living in Danville, I have the privilege of helping our region with oversight to major events and the development of campus plans for each campus. I also continue to share Christ and develop my personal ministry at Centre College! Jessica and I thank the LORD for giving us the opportunity to build laborers on the campus for the lost world to the glory of God!

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Annie Sostok

I became a Christian when I was 5 years old. I grew up in a Christian home, going to church every Sunday, being very involved in Sunday school classes, BSF Bible studies when I was a kid, and hanging out around the church people- so hearing about Jesus in everyday conversations and life was not surprising or unexpected in my family. I had just told my mom a lie that she caught me in and told me that she didn’t like it when I tried to lie to her, but more importantly, Jesus wanted to be my friend and he didn’t like it when I lied to my mom and to Him. I felt so bad about lying to Jesus and wanted his forgiveness and help to not keep being a sinner so we could be friends forever that I asked my mom to help me become a Christian.

Ever since I became a Christian I really tried to be a good Christian because of a deep desire to be one. I wanted to learn about God and Jesus and tell my friends about Him because I knew Jesus was my friend, God was my Heavenly Father who cared for me, and the Holy Spirit was the Helper that made His Presence very felt in my life and I wanted my friends to have them too. Looking back, I can really see how God has worked in my life to grow me into a more mature Christian and stretch me past my comfort zone to keep me growing and trusting in Him during my K-12 inner city, public school years. Attending a public school during my formative years really helped me see the real “struggle” to live out and talk about my faith in Christ in a setting where not every one agreed with me, others ignored me, and few really wanted to know what made me so different from everyone else. During those years He also showed me how vital the Church was to the growing, challenging, and comforting of Christians because I lived for Sunday morning church services and Wednesday night youth group meetings during high school because I felt so out-casted and alone due to my sincerity to follow Christ without compromise. I wanted to go to a Christian college because I wanted more understanding about why I believed what I believed and to be able to ask questions about God in a safe place where my faith would be challenged while being encouraged. Covenant College was a wonderful place that did just that and God used those years to bring people into my life that mentored me by asking challenging and uncomfortable questions and forced me to really confront myself, I met professors who encouraged me to wrestle well with God, and great friends who reminded me of the Gospel and Jesus’ love.

I know I still have a lot to learn and grow in my relationship with the Lord. I struggle to spend focused personal time with God and His Word, but I know that God is still refining me. I have had times where I have felt God close and other times when I’ve cried out asking if He was really ever there to begin with. I’ve had moments where I’ve seen God use me to be an encouragement and servant to others and other moments when I’ve sinned and thought that God could never use me- But the King of Grace still reigns and calls me Beloved. There have been many themes and seasons God has taken me throughout my life to teach me about who He is, how I should live. He has also taught me what it means to be a humble servant leader, and to really understand the depths of His redeeming grace and unconditional love. I know there will be more lessons God will teach me and stretch me as I walk with Him. To God be the honor and glory, forever and ever.

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Andrew Steggeman