Chapter Ten: Summer III and the Westward Finale

Wednesday, July 9th through Wednesday, August 20th

This last chapter was no small task! Beginning with some time in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky, I then made a push all the way into the Mountain West and Arizona. And then back to Texas, of course, to cross the finish line. Good times, indeed.

States: Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska (#42), Wyoming (#43), Colorado (#44), New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Chihuahua, Mexico.

Campuses Visited

  • #145: Delta State University, Cleveland, MS
  • #146: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • #147: Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
  • #148: Harding University, Searcy, AR
  • #149: Union University, Jackson, TN
  • #150: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary / Boyce College, Louisville, KY
  • #151: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • #152: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • #153: Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
  • #154: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • #155: Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
  • #156: Asbury College, Wilmore, KY (a separate school from ATS)
  • #157: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • #158: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
  • #159: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • #160: John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR
  • #161: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Evangel University, Springfield, MO (first visited on the way to Chicago)
  • #162: Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • #163: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • #164: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
  • #165: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • #166: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • #167: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • #168: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
  • #169: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • #170: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • #171: Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • #172: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
  • #173: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • #174: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • #175: University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
  • #176: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • #177: Rice University, Houston, TX
  • #178: Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX
  • #179: University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • #180: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • #181: Baylor University, Waco, TX

Collegiate Ministry Visits

  • Study, College Ministry of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN, Wed. 7-9, using The Truth Project resource
  • The Loop Nashville (College/20s citywide Bible study), held at Brentwood United Methodist Church, Brentwood, TN, Mon. 7-14, Primary Speaker Andy Savage teaching
  • The Post College/20s ministry of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY, Tues. 7-15, Pastor/Speaker Paul Mumaw teaching
  • Summer Bible study, Christian Campus House, Missouri State University, Tues. 7-22, Director Dave Embree teaching
  • Graduation lunch and program, Focus on the Family Institute, Colorado Springs, CO, Tues. 7-29
  • The Annex college ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO, Tues. 7-29, Assistant Director Jennie Fletemeyer speaking
  • theMILL young adults worship service, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO, Fri. 8-1, theMILL Pastor Aaron Stern teaching
  • Collegiate Ministry Strategies debriefing session, Dallas Baptist University, Dwayne Ulmer, instructor (this course involves attendance at National Collegiate Week in Glorieta, NM, and I attended the final debriefing / discussion session during the week)
  • Quo Vadis collegiate ministry community bookstore, Tempe, AZ

Church Visits

28 weekend worship services to cap off this wild trip, plus…

  • Exploration of the campus of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
  • Wednesday Bible study, Gilmer-Baldridge Church of Christ, Ennis, TX, Wed. 8-20, Interim Pulpit Minister preaching

Interviews & Other “Exploring” Activities

  • Ministry discussion, Travis Moore, College Minister, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN
  • Ministry discussion, Elise Hines, Summer intern, Mission Leader ministry, Memphis, TN
  • Ministry discussion, Jeff Jones, Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, University of Memphis
  • Ministry discussion, Arliss Dickerson, Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Arkansas State University
  • Ministry discussion, Director Jim Johnston and Event Project Coordinator Jason Hale, Threads Media division, Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Ministry discussion, Linda Osborne, National Collegiate Ministry Leader, Southern Baptist Convention
  • Ministry discussion, Matt Haste, College and Singles Minister, Living Hope Baptist Church, Bowling Green, KY
  • Campus tour and discussion, Oren Martin, Assistant Director of Admissions, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Interview, Pastor/Speaker Paul Mumaw and Worship Leader Daniel Dabney, The Post College/20s ministry of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY
  • Interview, Chris Kiesling, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Human Development (including Collegiate Ministry), Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Interview, Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean of Campus Ministries, Asbury College
  • Interview, Randy Stinson, Dean of the School of Leadership and Church Ministry; Assistant Professor of Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ministry discussion, Steve Shadrach, longtime staff member and founder of various Collegiate Ministry organizations, presently with The Body Builders and the U. S. Center for World Missions
  • Ministry discussion, Director Lynn Loyd and staff members, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, University of Arkansas
  • Ministry and campus discussion, Admissions Staff and others, John Brown University
  • Campus tour of John Brown University, with Admissions Counselor Matt Reddin
  • Interview, Daniel Hood, College Minister, Second Baptist Church, Springfield, MO
  • Ministry discussion, Dave Embree, Campus Minister, Christian Campus House, Springfield, MO
  • Interview, Curtis Cole, National Administrative/Operations Director, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries
  • Ministry discussion, Church of the Nazarene national staff: Larry Morris, Adult Ministries Director; Linda Hardin, Young Adult Ministries Director; Teri Wagoner, Nazarene Youth International staff
  • Ministry re-connect and discussion, Betsy Severin, Associate, Christian Challenge, University of Nebraska (with Amy, a student)
  • I was interviewed via phone by Campus Minister Brian Marshall and other leaders of Christian Student Fellowship, University of Kentucky
  • Interview, Randy Weyeneth, Communications (in the National Office), Navigators Collegiate Ministry
  • Reconnect with Mike Miller, Executive Publisher, NavPress, and his wife, Pat Miller
  • Tour, Glen Eyrie castle at the Navigators national headquarters, Colorado Springs, CO, given by Pat Miller
  • Ministry discussion, Allen Gardner, Pledge Captain, Beta Upsilon Chi (Brothers Under Christ), University of Colorado
  • Ministry discussion, Chris Leland, Executive Director, College Student Ministries, Focus on the Family, and Jeremiah Callihan, Associate Director of Admissions, Focus on the Family Institute
  • Interview, Brad Widstrom, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministries, Denver Seminary, Littleton, CO
  • Interview, Aaron Stern, Pastor of theMILL young adults community, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Participation in the podcast of theMILL’s Lead Network, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Seminar, “Campus Ministry and Church Planting Opportunities in Arizona,” 8-4, led by Southern Baptist Collegiate Ministry leaders in the Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, areas at National Collegiate Week (West), in anticipation of my visit the following week to those areas
  • Ministry discussion, Greg Cole, Director of Field Education and Associate Professor of Leadership Skills Formation, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (at National Collegiate Week in Glorieta, NM)
  • Interview, Jeremiah Kepner, Staff, Lifelines (a Campus Crusade ministry), Northern Arizona University
  • Interview, Jeff Smith, Director, Christian Challenge, Arizona State University
  • Ministry discussion, Bob Thompson, Director, Elijah’s Cave internationals ministry and Affiliate/Volunteer, Quo Vadis collegiate ministry community bookstore, Tempe, AZ
  • Ministry discussion, Mitch Eiler, Director of College Ministry, Central Christian Church, Mesa, AZ
  • Phone interview, Luke Simmons, Church Planter of the upcoming Second Mile Church, Mesa, AZ (a church plant of East Valley Bible Church, Gilbert, AZ)
  • Interview, Chris Koehn, College Pastor, Tri-City Baptist Church, Tempe, AZ
  • Ministry discussion, Tyler Johnson, Pastor of Church Multiplication and Development, and Paul Artino, 7ten (College & 20-somethings ministry) Pastor, East Valley Bible Church, Gilbert, AZ
  • Ministry discussion and University of Arizona campus tour, Rob Gaschler, Associate Pastor (including oversight of College Ministry), First Southern Baptist Church, Tucson, AZ
  • Interview, Julie Evans, Collegiate Strategist, Second Mile church, Tucson, AZ
  • Ministry discussion, College Catalyst Steve Knox and college worship leader Tommy Lynch, Houston’s First Baptist Church, Houston, TX
  • Interview, Russell Cravens, Associate Pastor for Teaching and College, Sagemont Baptist Church, Houston, TX
  • Ministry discussion, George Jacobus, University Minister, Central Baptist Church, College Station, TX

Special Events: Conferences

  • Workshop, Campus Ministry United, a fellowship of college ministers of the Churches of Christ, held at Harding University July 10th through 12th. This 3-day workshop provided great discussion of important areas of Collegiate Ministry. I also had neat opportunities to connect with Church of Christ ministers from throughout the U.S., as well as much ministry discussion with organizer and college minister Wes Woodell.
  • Connect ’08 Conference, involving college ministries of the Churches of Christ, held at Colorado School of Mines July 31st through August 3rd (I attended opening night). Art Heffron, director of Rocky Mountain Campus Ministries, served as host of this year’s event, and he graciously allowed me to attend the one night I was able. This included great opportunities to connect with Church of Christ ministers from across the U.S. – and a different crowd from the above conference.
  • National Collegiate Week (West), organized by Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, held at Glorieta Conference Center, Glorieta, NM, Aug. 2nd through 8th. Collegiate Week is one of the top highlights of any year for me, as college ministers and their students gather for a multitude of training opportunities, large group worship services, and fellowship events. I had all kinds of chances to reconnect with college ministers and students I met this year, as well as meeting some new peeps. Plus, I enjoyed great worship times and teaching and seminars all week long. A couple of very specific, formal “explorations” are noted in the categories above, but I had an abundance of great, informal chances to “explore college ministry” all week.


The trip ends (presumably) in late August, and I’m not real sure what that will mean… We’ll see.