Campus Ministers – the Unsung Heroes

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Beginning Friday evening, I will have the opportunity to share a weekend with a group of college students from Pepperdine learning about Jesus. The Pepperdine Campus Ministry Retreat was an event that fed me spiritually over my time there, and one that makes me wonder why adults so rarely do a retreat.

It also makes me appreciative for Campus Ministers, who are among the most unrecognized ministers in the country even while they work during some of the most formative years for the next generation of Christian leaders.

To Scott Lambert, Linda Truschke, Rick Rowland, the late Dan Anders, Ken Durham, Rich and Sandy Dawson, and a host of professors and staff at Pepperdine that together helped make me who I am…thank you. If you have a student in college somewhere, consider writing an encouragement note to the Campus Minister.

I also hope that those who hire faculty in Christian colleges take into account the care the professors have for the spiritual and emotional well being of students…for they function as "lay" Campus Ministers as well.

Who played a big role in your spiritual development during college?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Campus Ministers – the Unsung Heroes

  1. For me it was the University Center (affiliated with the Stillwater Church of Christ) at Oklahoma State University.
    Kudos to Monty Daffern, Mike Dawes, Woody Woodrow and crew for their spiritual direction and examples during my college years.
    If it weren’t for the UC, I wouldn’t be a minister today. It was vital.
    Thanks for recognizing these unsung heroes.

  2. AFC has turned out some great people over the years who speak really highly of the Davidsons. I got to know Kelly (Bob’s son) in Bangkok when I was there on a mission trip in 1998. He was a terrific guy.

  3. The Aggies For Christ program down at A&M, led by Bob and Myrt Davidson at the time, did wonders for me. I didn’t do too well at college, majoring first in petroleum engineering and then later computer science. I wasn’t sure what was for me, but I know I didn’t seem to like any of that. But the AFC program kept pointing me to spiritual things, mission trips, serving others, etc. that I eventually found my calling in full-time ministry and haven’t looked back yet.