UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

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Michael & Taylor Elder

I grew up in the church but it wasn’t until college that I really began a relationship with the Lord. As a freshman, I pledged a fraternity and was very much living the worldly lifestyle. But during this time I met Casey, a man on staff with Campus Outreach, who offered me a free lunch. From that lunch, we developed a friendship that led to Casey sharing the gospel with me. That was when I repented and truly believed that Christ was my Lord & Savior for the first time. The next 3 years of college, I committed to being discipled by Casey so I could learn more about what it meant to follow Christ.

My wife, Taylor, was raised in a family of people who loved Christ and the Gospel. She came to faith at a young age but it was in college where she really developed and matured as a follower of Christ. She learned the importance of discipleship and sharing her faith with others.

Taylor & I met at the Summer Project in 2010. After a few years, our friendship developed into a relationship and we were married in May 2013. The good news of Christ has gripped our hearts and it is now our desire to take this news on the college campus to share with every student we encounter.

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Annie Sostok

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.

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Tony & Liz Wells

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.