Breakaway Ministries’ second main speaker and Director in its 27-year history, is moving on:

(Click here for the written announcement.)

I attended Breakaway during the season when it celebrated its tenth anniversary – after it started in 1989 with a dozen people in the apartment of Sophomore Gregg Matte (now pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church). That was also the season when Breakaway moved from two Tuesday night services at the local big Baptist Church to ultimately meeting in Reed Arena, home of the Aggies’ basketball teams. When Gregg moved on, Ben Stuart ultimately took over as their next Director and weekly speaker.

Since then, it’s grown to reaching something like 10,000 students each week, with 12,000-ish at its high points, apparently.

My time in Breakaway was pre-Ben Stuart, but I was heavily impacted through some awesome from-the-stage discipleship by Gregg. It was truly formative, especially in my first couple of college years. So I’ll always care about Breakaway as part of my spiritual heritage.

And, as a college ministry nerd, it also matters what’s happening with what is – as far as I know – the longtime biggest college ministry in the U.S.

Ben’s moving on to another ministry with a college ministry connection; he’ll be residenting with Passion City Church in Atlanta (which grew out of Passion Conferences) and ultimately plans to lead another Passion City church in a different city.