Bowling Green State
Chris & Olivia Coons - Campus Director
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Prodigal God
A Praying Life
Fuel and the Flame
Catcher in the Rye
Reign Over Me
The Bourne Trilogy
The Dark Knight Triology
Parks & Recreation
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
“If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist
in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, ‘It is not by might, but by My Spirit.'”
I grew up in a Christian home going to church every Sunday and heard the gospel from a young age. I attended summer church camp, went to Youth Group, went on missions trips, and lived a moral lifestyle hoping that this would make me acceptable to God. Despite being seen by friends and family as a ‘Good Christian’ I was giving my life to reputation, grades, sports, and my girlfriend. When I came to college, all these things that I had poured my life into were gone and I had a bit of an identity crisis.
Luckily, I met a man named Stephen who began to share the gospel with me and introduced me to others who patiently opened God’s Word to me and challenged me to truly trust Christ with my life. Stephen invited me to go on a weekend retreat with Campus Outreach and it was there that I saw the gravity of my sin and my desperate need for a Savior. In the weeks following that retreat I attended Campus Outreach’s weekly meetings and it was at one of the meetings I heard the verse Ezekiel 36:26 where God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” It was then that I asked God to do that very thing.
It was soon after that I began to notice changes in my life. I wanted to read the Bible and passages that I had read or heard dozens of times before were suddenly real and alive for the first time. I found myself spending more and more time in prayer. I began to make important decisions in my life in light of this new relationship that I had discovered; one of those being taking a job with Campus Outreach upon graduation and moving to Bowling Green, Ohio to help start Campus Outreach Columbus.
Casey & Lindsay Andis - Campus Staff
Chronicles of Narnia
Mission Biography John Paton
Pursuit of God
Band of Brothers
My Utmost for His Highest
The Dark Knight
What About Bob
Parks & Recreation
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
“God gets to our most fundamental idolatry and ruthlessly rips out our idols and compassionately pursues our joy even when we cannot perceive it.”
I grew up going to church every Sunday with a knowledge of Jesus Christ. Although my life, was not centered around Him or the grace that he offered me. I lived a very moral life into my freshman year of college. My first year of college, I went to a fall retreat and heard the Gospel and soon after I then was invited to a bible study as I began to learn more about who Christ was and the effect that He had on those who followed Him. As I have looked back, I see now that even though I could recite the Gospel and tell you about Jesus, my life was centered around relationships, but not the relationship that actually mattered. In high school and a portion of my freshman year in college I constantly longed to find that relationship that would fill the void in my heart.
After facing disappointment after disappointment, Christ finally opened my eyes. My freshman year I gave my heart to Christ and have spent each and everyday since then living in light of what Christ has done for me. I see now how radically He changed my life that year and that no matter how morally I lived growing up, it would never be enough. I finally saw my need for a Savior despite my best efforts not too. I am thankful that He has justified me in the sight of God and that my life is new and restored in Christ’s love for me.
Ashley Smith - Campus Staff
The Lost Art of Disciple Making
The Pursuit of Holiness
Living the Cross Centered Life
She’s the Man
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
“Outside the will of God there’s nothing I want. Inside the will of God there’s nothing I fear.”
I grew up hearing the gospel of Jesus from my grandparents and began riding a church bus in order to attend church on my own. At a young age I was very knowledgable about Jesus and the cross but based my salvation on the prayer that I said. Throughout high school everything I did was to build up my resume and be the best at everything in order to make my family proud. After a while, God became someone that I went to only when I needed something and because of suffering I questioned His character and love for people. While attending USI, my sophomore year, I met a woman on staff with campus outreach that loved me and people in a way that I had never seen before. As she began sharing the same gospel of Jesus that I had heard growing up it turned from head knowledge to heart transformation. Her love towards me was a picture of God’s love for His people, despite them but because of who He is. It blew my mind that He loved and died for me before I knew Him, while I was yet still a sinner. It was then that I stopped trying and starting trusting in the work done for me on the cross. Since then I now seek to know Him deeply and make Him known broadly. Not to build my resume but to build His kingdom and love His people.
Lincoln Peters - Campus Staff
The Screwtape Letters
Of Mice and Men
The Other Guys
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner selfis being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Ever since I can remember my parents tried to instill in me the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, growing up I was never able to grasp it in a way that changed my life. In high school I would claim Christianity, pointing at the moral metrics of my choice as my salvation, but when you would look at my life there was only brokenness and arrogance that needed the Savior I now know to be Jesus Christ. The summer after my senior year, God started to draw me to himself through a missions trip I went on, I saw people with true wonder and excitement to know Jesus Christ and that was something I had never experienced. Eventually my freshman year I came to know him, and around then I met Casey Andis. As a young Christian I had a lot to learn and Casey was eager and ready to teach me as much as I was willing to learn. Being discipled by Casey has given me the desire to labor and invest in the lives of students I see on campus every day. I want to see others get the same opportunity of discipleship that Casey gave me to grow in a personal relationship with Christ and become laborers themselves.
Angie Guidarelli - Contingent Staff
The Book Thief
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Dark Knight
Dream for an Insomniac
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73: 26
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[c] in the house of the Lord forever.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.
I grew up going to church every Sunday and attending Sunday School, youth groups, and bible camps regularly. From these things, I had a great amount of bible knowledge, but my view of God was still skewed and I believed that He expected me to be good and earn His approval. I worked hard to excel in all that I did in order to earn His approval and the approval of people around me, but I grew tired of this in high school and began to pour my life into partying instead. When I realized that living this way was still unsatisfying, I tried to fix myself up by reading my bible and going to church again. I knew God had sent His Son to the cross, but it wasn’t until I met a woman on staff with Campus Outreach that I truly understood that Jesus came that I may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). Since I’ve come to Christ, I’ve experienced the joy and peace that I saw in others who are seeking to know Jesus more and live their lives to His glory. I no longer live my life for, or find my significance in, the approval of others but I can rest in the love of my Heavenly Father who graciously gave up His precious Son to have me. Since the Lord brought me to Himself as a freshman in college, I am fully convinced that there is great value in working on a campus with college ministry. Students will be searching for their significance and their life aspirations during this time, making it the greatest opportunity to share how loved and cherished they are by the God who created this world and everyone in it.
Madi Poling - Contingent Staff
I grew up in a home where we did not attend church and the gospel was never talked about. My idea of God was a distant creator who had no effect on how I lived my life. So I lived for myself, my reputation, self-gratification, and approval of family and peers. The summer before my freshman year at Miami University, I saw my cousin’s life radically change when she made Jesus the Lord and Savior of her life. She began to show interest and love towards me like no one had before, by asking me spiritual questions and sharing with me how the purpose for her life has changed. That coming winter during my freshman year, she brought me to New Years Conference with her. It was at this conference that God revealed to me His desire to be in a relationship with me and my great need for Him because of my sinfulness. And that this relationship is possible only through the blood of Christ on the cross, that offers me grace and forgiveness for every sin. I left that conference no longer striving to raise up myself with worldly things, but instead allow God to fill me with His love and joy that comes only from knowing Him more and living for His glory. Because Campus Outreach has played a huge impact in me coming to Christ and equipping me to walk with Him during my time in college, I now desire and see the need to share the Good News and build laborers on the campus.