This trip literally around the country was prompted by a chance to write about the impact of several chapters of a major national college ministry. Besides those stops, I had the opportunity to explore plenty more along the way – as well as speaking at a couple of different college ministry conferences.

53 days: Sunday, October 4th, through Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Mileage: 9,854 miles

25 states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa (via flight), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas

Read all blogs that discuss this trip or check out the Road Trip 13 Recap

Campus Visits

  1. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  2. University of California Davis, Davis, CA
  3. Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
  4. California State University, Chico, Chico, CA
  5. California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA
  6. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  7. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  8. California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
  9. University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA
  10. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  11. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
  12. Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  13. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Las Vegas, NV
  14. Dixie State College, St. George, UT
  15. Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
  16. Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO
  17. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  18. Gillette College, Gillette, WY
  19. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD
  20. Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
  21. North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  22. Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
  23. Winona State University, Winona, MN
  24. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  25. Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  26. North Park University / North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
  27. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  28. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  29. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  30. Penn State University, State College, PA
  31. Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  32. Widener University, Chester, PA
  33. Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  34. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  35. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  36. Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN

College Ministry Discussions & Interviews

  • Shawn and Candi White, Campus Pastors, Chi Alpha, Arizona State University
  • Paul and Betsy, Arizona State students and participants in ASU Chi Alpha
  • LeeAnne Allman, Director, and brief discussions with others, Young Life College, Arizona State University
  • Jeff Smith, Director, Christian Challenge, Arizona State University
  • Whitney, an Arizona State student who participates with the LoveASU 24-7 Prayer initiative
  • Cat and Danielle, UC Davis students and participants in Davis Christian Fellowship
  • Bryan Enderle, Director, InterVarsity, University of California Davis
  • Will Klier, Campus Pastor, Davis Christian Fellowship, University of California Davis
  • Richard Jett, College Age Ministry Leader, and Scott Maxon, college-age small groups director, Adventure Christian Church, Roseville, CA
  • Brian Barela, Director, Campus Crusade for Christ, California State University, Chico
  • Joshua Parrish, Associate Minister, Chico Church of Christ, with oversight of AlphaOmega Ministries, California State University, Chico
  • Glen Davis, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Stanford University
  • Paul Taylor, College Pastor, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA
  • Wes Woodell, Founder & Administrative Director, Campus Ministry United; planting a campus ministry through Lake Merced Church of Christ, San Francisco, CA
  • Curt Harlow, West Coast Regional Director, Chi Alpha (brief connection)
  • Gail Ronveaux, Dean of Graduate Enrollment, California Baptist University
  • Mike Lovato, Minister to Students, and Aaron Friesen, Minister to College Students, Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church, Riverside, CA (including campus tour of UC Riverside)
  • Drew Aufhammer, Staff, Campus Crusade for Christ, UCLA
  • André Stephens, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Biola University
  • Todd Pickett, Associate Dean of Spiritual Development, Biola University
  • Jon Nitta, College Pastor, and two student leaders, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, CA
  • Kevin Young, Assistant Director, Christian Challenge, Mesa State College (including campus tour)
  • Don Wilcox and Rich Lotterhos, longtime Campus Crusade leaders (in various local, regional, and national aspects) and now members of the Global Service Associates
  • Nate Banke, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Colorado State University
  • Kirby Oaks, College and Career-Aged Pastor, New Life Wesleyan Church, Gillette, WY
  • Jack Hall, President, and Dave Hughes, Campus Director (Black Hills State University), Campus Ventures
  • Rick Demarest, Director, Intervarsity, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Brad Lewis, Campus Pastor, and Tony Meyer, Associate Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Fargo (ND) / Moorhead (MN)
  • Ted Benson, Director, Lutheran Student Fellowship, and Associate Pastor, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN
  • Shane Stacey, National Director, Student Ministries, Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Steph Peterson, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Winona State University
  • Sarah Iliff, College Chaplain Intern, Pres House, University of Wisconsin
  • Lance Millar, Student Leader, College Age Ministry, Blackhawk Church, Madison, WI
  • Eric Holmer, Associate Director of Communications – Greek Ministry, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (national)
  • Evan Hunter, Director, The Ivy Jungle Network
  • Mike Filicicchia, staff member in fundraising, New Life Church (a collegiate church plant), Ann Arbor, MI
  • David Setran, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry (including teaching Collegiate Ministry), Wheaton College
  • Trent Sheppard, Campus America staff member, Steven Kellough, Wheaton College Chaplain, Marilyn Brenner, Wheaton College Chaplain’s Office Coordinator, and Elizabeth, Wheaton College sophomore
  • Ginny Olson, Co-Director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
  • Rosanne Sension, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, University of Michigan, and champion for college ministry
  • David Paladino, Director, InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic chapter, University of Michigan (and some discussion with other IV staff members)
  • David Brzezinski, Lecturer, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Kevin Rogan, Director of Development, New Life Church (a collegiate church plant), Ann Arbor, MI
  • Scott Calgaro, Director of Conferences & Events, Ryan Miller, Director of Campus Ministry Resources, Dan Turis, Training Developer, Bonnie Liefer, VP for Marketing & Communications, and other conversations with Coalition for Christian Outreach staff members
  • Johnny Pons, Director, New Life Student Fellowship, Penn State University
  • Aaron Henning, Pastor, Alliance Christian Fellowship (collegiate church), Penn State University
  • Steve Lutz, Campus Minister, Coalition for Christian Outreach, Penn State University
  • David Martin, Founder, Alliance Christian Fellowship (collegiate church), Penn State University
  • Lara Echerd, Campus Minister, Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania & South Jersey
  • Jeff Jackson, Director of Staff Development, Impact Ministries International
  • Tom Grosh, National Staff, Emerging Scholars Network / Graduate & Faculty Ministries, InterVarsity, and Kelly Seaton, participant, Christian Medical Society, Penn State College of Medicine (along with brief discussions with a few other CMS participants)
  • Chuck Kieffer, Lead Pastor, The Foundry (church), and Associate Chaplain, Widener University, and Stan Williams, Regional Collegiate Ministry Coordinator (Philadelphia area), Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania / South Jersey (along with brief discussions with other Widener staff connected to the Chaplaincy)
  • Chris Kennedy, Campus Pastor, and Jason Kiefer, Associate Staff volunteer, Chi Alpha, Rowan University
  • Caitlin, Rowan University student and student leader in Rowan Chi Alpha
  • Matt Herman, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Cornell University
  • Geoff Recktenwald, Member, Graduate InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Cornell University
  • Karl Johnson, Director, and Justin McGeary, Director for Undergraduate Programs, Chesterton House (a Christian Study Center), Cornell University
  • Thomas, Cornell University graduate student and student leader in Cornell Chi Alpha
  • Pete Bullette, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, University of Virginia
  • Bill Wilder, Executive Director, Center for Christian Study, Charlottesville, VA
  • Evan Hansen, Campus Minister, εύνοια, University of Virginia
  • John Aaron Matthew, Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Tennessee Tech
  • David James, Team Leader, Collegiate Ministry Team, Arkansas Baptist State Convention

College Ministry Conferences

  • CollegeLeader Conference, Crestline, CA, October 15-17. I had the chance to speak to a great group of church-based college ministers and student leaders from various areas of the country, as well as to attend several other sessions of this conference organized by Chuck Bomar / CollegeLeader. This also included many “unscheduled” conversations across the three days of the retreat-style conference.
  • Lakes & Prairies Collegiate Ministries Conference, Cedar Falls, IA, November 9-11. This time, I got to speak to a neat group of college ministers from within the Lakes & Prairies Synod of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I also go to attend the other sessions of the conference, as well as having several additional discussions throughout the days of the conference.
  • Regional Staff Conference, Campus Crusade Northeast Region, Speculator, NY, November 21-22. I had no role at this conference, but I had the immense honor of being invited to head up to the all-staff conference for the Northeast region of Campus Crusade for Christ for as long as I could (which turned out to be for a day or so, before I had to head south). I got to spend time with several staff members from many areas, discussing their work (and mine) and the field of college ministry as a whole!

Other College Ministry Explorations

  • Pre-club Leaders’ Meeting, Young Life College, Arizona State University
  • Club (large group meeting), Young Life College, Arizona State University
  • LoveASU 24-7 Prayer (brief visit)
  • “Gathering” (large group meeting), Chi Alpha, Arizona State University, Campus Pastor Shawn White speaking
  • Large group meeting, InterVarsity, University of California Davis, Associate Regional Director Pauline Fong speaking
  • Tour, Davis Christian Fellowship ministry house, University of California Davis
  • Large group meeting, Davis Christian Fellowship, University of California Davis, Campus Pastor Will Klier speaking
  • Lunch with various staff members, etc., of Adventure Christian Church, Roseville, CA
  • “Resonate” large group meeting, Resonate College ministry of Adventure Christian Church, Roseville, CA, College Age Ministry Leader Richard Jett speaking
  • Campus ministry blogging webinar hosted by Brian Barela, Director, Campus Crusade for Christ, California State University, Chico (attended online while sitting next to Brian)
  • Sat in on Student Leader Q&A time with Curt Harlow, Regional Director, with the Stanford Chi Alpha ministry
  • Worship service, Generate (for youth, college, and young adults), a ministry of Crossroads Christian Church, Corona, CA, Teaching Pastor Tony Wood speaking
  • Large group meeting, Chi Alpha, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Campus Pastor Brad Lewis speaking
  • Large group meeting, Chi Alpha, North Dakota State University, Associate Campus Pastor Tony Meyer speaking
  • Church service, The Edge (collegiate church plant), Winona State University, Lead Pastor Chuck Peterson preaching
  • Tour of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship national offices, Madison, WI, given by Eric Holmer, Associate Director of Communications – Greek Ministry
  • Chapel, Wheaton College, Trent Sheppard, Campus America staff member, speaking
  • “Catalyst” annual large group gathering of all campus chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, University of Michigan, David Brzezinski, Lecturer, University of Michigan Medical School, speaking
  • Exploring the Gameday festivities surrounding a University of Michigan home football game (vs. Purdue, 11-7-09)
  • Church service, New Life Church (collegiate church), University of Michigan, Pastor of Campus Ministry Nik Spasovski preaching
  • Tour of University of Northern Iowa, given by Heather Libich, Director of Child, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Extensive visit at Coalition for Christian Outreach national offices, Pittsburgh, PA
  • “Man Night” of Alliance Christian Fellowship (collegiate church), Penn State, CCO Campus Minister Steve Lutz speaking
  • Exploring the Gameday festivities and attending the football game at Penn State University (vs. Indiana, 11-14-09)
  • Church service, Alliance Christian Fellowship (collegiate church), Penn State, Pete Horning, Pastoral Staff, preaching
  • Biblical Decision-Making Retreat, Senior EXIT, Penn State, various speakers and conversations
  • “Lunch Lecture,” Christian Medical Society, Penn State College of Medicine, Team Leader Nathan Tilghman speaking
  • Student Leaders meeting, Chi Alpha, Rowan University
  • “Connections” large group meeting, Chi Alpha, Rowan University, Campus Pastor Chris Kennedy speaking
  • “Friday Fellowship” large group meeting, Chi Alpha, Cornell University, Campus Pastor Matt Herman speaking
  • “Solid Food” semester teaching time, Chi Alpha, Cornell University, Campus Pastor Matt Herman teaching
  • “Monday Night Live” large group teaching, Chi Alpha, University of Virginia, staff member Katie Moran speaking
  • Free Thanksgiving dinner on-campus service activity, organized by a Community Group of Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Tennessee Tech

Church Visits

  • 6 weekend worship services, 3 of which were at collegiate church plants!