Patrick Lewis - Regional Director
Pleasures of God
Master Plan of Evangelism
Hudson Taylor Bio
John Paton Bio
George Mueller Bio
Tipping Point & Outliers – Gladwell
Built to Last – Collins
Everything by Patrick Lencioni
Parks & Recreation
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“I never pay for the same real-estate twice, we never hold our position. We are always advancing.”
General John Patton
I grew up exposed to church and made a profession of faith at a youth camp. Nothing of substance changed in my life and I lost interest in church. I considered myself a Christian because I was somewhat moral and believed in God. In college a fraternity brother began to share the gospel with me. His life and his knowledge of the Bible really got my attention and created curiosity. I eventually attended a conference with him sponsored by CO and met many other students with similar testimonies as his and finally understood that I had tried to live a good life but had never seen a need for a savior. At this point I trusted in Christ and my life began to change.
Through college I had a clear vision for my life to pursue law and politics but after attending a summer project where I grew immensely and learned of the enormous needs in the world for the gospel, I spent my senior year prayerfully considering other paths. I decided to postpone law school to get ministry training and to invest a few years reaching college students. Within two years of helping pioneer a ministry at Arkansas State, I realized I loved going to new places and leading men to Christ. I changed my law plans and joined CO staff to launch the Indianapolis region.
Andrew Lingg - Resource Director
Grace by Spurgeon
The Great Gatsby
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
I grew up believing that to get to Heaven, you had to be a good person. At the same time, I believed that what the world had to offer me, would be enough to satisfy me. With these two beliefs, I went all the way through High School convinced that I was better than almost everyone around me because I didn’t drink or smoke, and because I went to church every Sunday. I also was trying to find my happiness in sports, grades, and girls and friends. I finished High School having everything I thought would satisfy me, but felt completely empty.
I went to college looking to get away from church and explore the party life. Instead, I made some friends that introduced me to Patrick Lewis, who invited my friends and I to a weekend retreat in St. Louis. I went to the retreat because of a flag football tourney, but left the retreat way more excited about the Gospel and cleaning up my life. Thankfully, Patrick continued hanging out with me after the retreat and shared the Gospel more clearly with me. A few months later it finally became clear to me that I couldn’t fix myself, but instead I needed to rely on Christ’s perfect record before God rather than my own. Everything changed in the Spring of my freshman year because of Campus Outreach being at my campus.
Dylan Wright - Campus Director
Tale of Two Cities
The Knowledge of the Holy
The Road to Character
Good Will Hunting
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us…
“I believe in God as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Growing up my parents shared the gospel with me frequently. I believed in the narrative of Jesus Christ but did not accept him as my personal Lord and savior. Throughout high school I found myself seeking identity in my reputation and relationships.
After high school I attended college at IUPUI (Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis). Early in the semester I got connected with Campus Outreach and joined a bible study in the freshman dorm I was living in. I started to understand that there was a god-sized hole in my heart and the material things of the world could never fill it. I also saw that I was only adopted and justified by God through Jesus Christ.
In November of my freshman year I gave my life to Christ and have seen continual evidence of the Holy Spirit growing me into the image of Christ. I now have a burden for the lost and a deep desire to reach the college campus and build laborers that are relentless in sharing the grace that God has extended to us through His Son.
Laura Schlaegel - Resource Staff
Kisses From Katie
Remember the Titans
It’s a Wonderful Life
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
“You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
From the time I was born, I went to church with my family nearly every single Sunday. But growing up, my flawed understanding of Christianity was simply that I needed to be a really “good person.” So, throughout high school and on into the first couple years of college, being “good” was my only aim. I let success in things like academics, sports, and relationships determine my value and worth. When God finally began to convict me of the fact that there truly is more to Christianity than a label and Sunday morning church attendance, I started asking questions. I began meeting with some mature believers at my home church, and also with a girl who was on staff with Campus Outreach at IUPUI.
I was confronted with verses like Matthew 7:22-23 that brought to light the importance of knowing Jesus personally, not simply knowing facts about Him. Until then, I hadn’t seen the severity of my own sin and didn’t really grasp my need for a Savior. I started to wrestle with the truth that I was sinful and couldn’t ever be good enough to make myself right with a perfectly holy God. It was then that I saw, for the first time, my utter helplessness apart from the saving grace found in Jesus alone. That’s when I really began to understand what it meant to turn from sin, trust Jesus, and give my life to following Him.
Kathleen Dunn - Campus Staff
Shadow of the Almighty
The Pursuit of Holiness
Harry Potter (1st ones)
Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God I will stregthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my Righteous right hand.
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.
Unless a kernal of wheat falls the the ground and dies, it remains only one seed, but if it dies it produces many.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24
I grew up going to church on Sunday and on Wednesday because my friends went, and also my parents made me go. My family stopped going around 8th grade, except for on Christmas and Easter. I was numb to the saying “Christ died for your sins” and sitting in church was just a boring thing I had to do. I remember in high school asking certain things of God but never even fathomed having a relationship with him. In high school my life revolved around boyfriends, partying, and doing whatever it took to be happy. Senior year in highschool I began to feel anxious constantly, so I started going to church by myself. I remember feeling more and more guilty of my sin but this lead to absolutely no change in my life. I attended University of Missouri and very instantly got plugged into a bible study because my new sorority sisters were doing it. My friends and I would go to the bible study and then go to parties right after. At a faith opportunity over winter break, a speaker brought up Matthew 15:8 where Jesus said “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.” That verse replayed in my mind, and I started to realize- I would say I was a Christian, but my heart and the way I was living didn’t back it up. It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore of college when I realized that God was calling me to so much more than I had been living for. A life full of meaning and purpose and even more than that- eternal life with God in heaven. I made the decision to start following Jesus and my life has done a 180, for the better. He has changed my heart about so many areas in my life. I now seek him daily and seek to make him known where ever he has placed me. I still discover his grace and forgiveness more and more each day and my understanding of how much I need him only increases.
Ashley Cook - Campus Staff
The Hiding Place
Anne of Green Gables
The Holiness of God
The Dangerous Duty of Delight
I also quote She’s the Man and It Takes Two a lot…
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
Leviticus 26: 11-12
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt
Hosea 2: 14-15
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Growing up my family went to church every Sunday and were very active in the church. I thought my good reputation meant that I was good before God. I thought of myself as a friend of God who just needed a “touch up” here and there. What I didn’t realize was that I was using other people as my standard and judge. I would look at others and think, ‘at least I’m not as bad as them,’ using approval as my yardstick and was devastated when I failed to measure up. I was stuck in an exhausting cycle of trying to please others and failing. When I entered college this cycle only continued. I would go to Bible studies and know all the right answers and would go to parties with friends right after, trying to win the approval of everyone around me with no one really knowing my whole life. At the end of my freshman year a close friend called me out saying, “I know that I’m not a Christian but you are calling yourself a Christian yet our lives look exactly the same. So what’s the difference?” I hated this question but it stopped me in my tracks; why didn’t my life look different? My solution was to try even harder, but God in His mercy intervened. My Junior year of college I met a girl who shared with me the bad news of my hopeless state so I could understand how good the “good news” actually was. She told me that as high as my standards of good were, God’s were infinitely higher and on my own I had no hope of living up to them. God changed my heart by helping me understand that He didn’t just send His son because He loved me but that I was such a rebel against His holiness that a death was necessary. God, being rich in mercy, sent Jesus to die that my record would be erased and that I would gain his perfect righteous record. Now I can come before Him and He can look on me with approval and love instead of the wrath I deserve because I am seen with the record of His Son’s perfect obedience. I still fall short and need His grace everyday but I am reminded His mercies are new every morning and I get to pursue true joy and lasting peace in Him who never disappoints and always satisfies.
Kim Crawford - Volunteer Staff
Encounters with Jesus
Pride and Prejudice
The Last Song
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
Psalm 119: 37
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Colossians 3: 1-2
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
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.
Lamentations 3: 21-23
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
“I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
I grew up in a household where Jesus was not frequently talked about outside of the walls of the church we attended each Sunday. I always looked at going to church on Sunday as a boring task and felt like it was something I just needed to do to complete my “good girl” image. I believed from the outside I had my life together: I was an honor roll student, an athlete, and had a great group of friends and family. I did not realize the fleeting state of what I was living my life for. But my realization came when I entered my first year of college. All of the things I was pouring my life into were taken from me. The good grades I received in high school suddenly did not matter, I was no longer involved in sports, most of my friends chose to attend different colleges than me, and I was no longer around my family everyday. I felt completely distraught because what I was revolving my life around quickly came crashing down. I tried filling this deep longing I had with meeting new people, focusing more on my school work, and even tried attending a church near campus. But nothing seemed to be satisfying the thirst I had within me. Then one day on campus I met a girl named Kelie. She was so sweet and asked me to meet up with her again for coffee. During this time she shared the gospel with me. That was the first time I remember hearing that I am a sinner deserving of death and there is no way on my own that I could have a relationship with God or go to heaven. That because of my sin I deserve to be eternally separated from God. However, God being rich in mercy sent His Son, Jesus, to live the life that I could never live, perfect and blameless. He became sin and died a death I deserve. God sent His son so that my record tainted with sin would be erased and that in it’s place would stand the righteous, perfect record of Jesus. I had never heard anything like this before. After that day I began an investigative bible study with Kelie, during which I surrendered my life to Christ. After putting my faith in Jesus, my life looks completely different and my desires have drastically changed. As I learn daily about who Jesus is, I discover more and more of my need for Him and I grow increasingly thankful of the love and mercy Christ has for me and want to dedicate the rest of my life sharing this great truth with others.
Alex Fehr - Campus Staff
Hole in our Holiness
Practicing the Presence of God
The Dark Knight
When Harry Met Sally
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
“Life is not worth living until you have found something worth dying for.”
-Martin L. King Jr.
I was raised in a Christian family. I went to youth group and church regularly. For most of my life I would have said I was saved because I said a prayer and because of how active I was in my church. During my senior year of high school I started to rebel and was living a double life. I was eventually caught in my rebellion and saw this as a “wake-up call” from God. Because of this my attitude from the end of my senior year in high school to my freshman year of college was that I needed to work harder at becoming a “real” Christian. This meant reading more, praying and doing more Christian things, what ever that means. During my freshman year of college I met Andrew Lingg who started bringing me around to Campus Outreach events. Through some of these events and through the time Andrew invested in me, I came to the realization that God was not impressed with how much I did. A verse that helped me understand this was Isaiah 64:6 “…And all our righteous deeds are like polluted garments.” I finally understood that Christ lived a perfect life on my behalf and took the punishment for my sin that I deserve so that God could now love me as his child. Since coming and trusting in the gospel I can now freely seek to now Christ not out of a performance but in an effort to grow closer to my heavenly father.
Justin Clapp - Campus Staff
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
I grew up in a Christian home where the gospel was shared with me but never explained in a way I understood. I treated Christ as my get-out-of-jail free card and lived my life the way I wanted to live it. It wasn’t until a student from Campus Outreach (CO) shared Revelation 3:16 with me that states, “Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of mouth”. I finally understood that Christ was not only my savior, but also the Lord of my life. The lives of those that have been changed through CO as well as Christ’s work in my heart has fueled my passion and vision to make an impact on OSU’s campus for the glory of God.
Elaina Latimer - Campus Staff
Lies Women Believe
A Cinderella Story
La La Land
High School Musical
The Princess Diaries
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Growing up, I went to church and never doubted that God was real. My life was all about pleasing others – my parents, teachers, and friends. I always made good decisions, good grades, and I stayed out of trouble. After I went to college at Kansas State University, I felt like I was missing something and I just didn’t know what it was. I met a girl named Hannah in my sorority whose life was very similar to mine, except she exuded joy. She shared with me that it was because she had a relationship with God. I knew what Jesus had done on the Cross for me, but I didn’t know we were called to act on that by accepting a relationship with Him (Romans 6:23). I decided I wanted to follow God in November of 2013. Since then, I have surrendered every area of my life to Him, and it has the most fulfilling thing. He has transformed my heart and my life in more ways than I can count. I know nothing will ever be able to measure up to my relationship with God and spending eternity with Him. I’m lucky to have been involved in a ministry in college that provided me with growth opportunities, which allowed me to grow even closer to God in ways I cannot describe. Loving God and living out the purpose He has given me has been and will continue to be the best thing I will do.
Melissa Hobson - Contingent Staff
The Chronicles of Narnia
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Hunger Games
The Turmoil (Booth Tarkington)
C.J. Mahaney’s Humility
Tarsem’s The Fall
The Lion King
Lilo and Stitch
Lord of the Rings
Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”
“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter, but darker.”
Igrew up in a Christian home, going to church three times a week, and attending a Christian school. I quickly learned that I could earn the approval of my parents, teachers, and others by following rules and doing what was expected of me. I remember learning in Sunday School at a young age that I just needed to believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I would go to heaven. I tried really hard to visualize Jesus on a cross and to convince myself that it happened, but I never felt a real understanding of what a relationship with Christ really was. I knew I was supposed to read the Bible and pray, but I usually accomplished those things grudgingly, and as part of a religious checklist. The summer that I graduated from high school, my older brother served as our church’s youth leader. I noticed a difference in the way he approached Christianity and his relationship with Christ, and he challenged me to begin journaling and having a daily quiet time in scripture. From there, I got involved in Campus Outreach at the University of Southern Indiana and learned how to grow in a personal relationship with God, especially in learning about the ways my motivations affect my growth. Since then, I have been able to truly interact with the Gospel on a daily basis.