Road Trip 14 – to Boulder and back – was initiated with the wonderful chance to visit the biannual Ascent college ministers’ conference! I traveled to Colorado via the Texas Panhandle, spent a little over a week in Central Colorado, then returned to Dallas via Kansas and Oklahoma. Of course, that meant college ministry explorations all along the way!

16 days: Thursday, April 15th, 2010 through Friday, April 30th

Read the intro post, or read all the blogs that discuss this trip!

ITINERARY

5 states: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma

mileage: 2,675 miles

Campus Visits

  1. Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
  2. Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
  3. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX
  4. Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
  5. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  6. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  7. Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
  8. Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
  9. Front Range Community College – Westminster Campus, Westminster, CO
  10. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
  11. Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
  12. Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS
  13. Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
  14. Sterling College, Sterling, KS
  15. Hutchinson Community College & Area Vocational School, Hutchinson, KS
  16. Newman University, Wichita, KS
  17. Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
  18. Southwestern College, Winfield, KS
  19. Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, OK
  20. University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
  21. University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  22. Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK
  23. Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, Moore, OK

College Ministry Discussions & Interviews

  • Johnny Bond, Director, Mustangs for Christ, Midwestern State University, along with Kristina Narumiya, College Ministry Director, Audri Barnard, College Ministry Intern, and Nicandro Delgado, College Ministry Intern, Colonial Church, Wichita Falls, TX
  • Ben Edfeldt, Director, Baptist Student Ministries, Midwestern State University (brief visit)
  • Tiffany Shaffer-Harris, Intern, Baptist Student Ministries, West Texas A&M University, along with brief discussions with other college ministers from the West Texas A&M community
  • Ryan Lindsey, Director, Christian Challenge, CSU-Pueblo
  • Randy Weyeneth, Collegiate Communications national leader, The Navigators, including a personal tour of Navigators headquarters
  • Mark, Cadet Chapel attendant, Air Force Academy
  • Multiple reconnections, first connections, and conversations at the Ascent Conference, a gathering of many college ministries from around the U.S. (see below, under Other Explorations)
  • Sat in on a discussion primarily between Jordan Terrell, College Pastor, Serban Maracine, Associate College Pastor, and their staff of the Merge college ministry of Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette, CO;  and Miles Welch, College Pastor, and his staff from the Water’s Edge college ministry of 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, GA; further discussions ensued with various staff members from each ministry
  • Jordan Terrell, College Pastor, and Serban Maracine, Associate College Pastor, Merge college ministry of Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette, CO (second meeting)
  • Multiple conversations with the Lees, adult volunteers in The Annex university ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO
  • Much extended conversation with Mark Warrington, Intern over College Ministry, First Baptist Church, Richardson, TX (he traveled with me on the first leg of the trip)
  • Four hours spent with most members of the Campus Crusade Great Plains International Regional Team, college ministry advocate and longtime participant Don Wilcox, and other local people interested in discussing collegiate ministry.
  • Bill Stephens, Director, The Annex university ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO.
  • Drew Frazer, Director, The Navigators, University of Colorado
  • Michael Fleming, Lead Pastor, Watermark Church, Broomfield, CO
  • Randy Weyeneth (second visit), Collegiate Communications national leader, The Navigators
  • Jill Johnson, Associate Bible Publisher, NavPress
  • Campus Crusade for Christ: Southern Colorado team
  • Bill Gandy, Director, Baptist Student Union, Air Force Academy; Kent Slack, Director, Christian Challenge, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Al Barrera, Director, Revolution Ministries, Colorado College
  • Aaron Stern, Executive Pastor of Student, College, & 20-somethings Ministry, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Conversations with Aaron Shalosky, Director, Southern Colorado area, and Stephanie Shalosky, staff member, Southern Colorado area, Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Patrick McGinnis, Ministry & College Director, Celebration Community Church, Hays, KS; and Drew Gannon, student president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fort Hays State University
  • Carin Cochran, Director, Christian Challenge, Fort Hays State University
  • Jarrod Adair, Director of Campus Ministry, Sterling College (along with his wife, Melissa)
  • Art Walker, Campus Pastor, Chi Alpha, Wichita State University
  • Ashlee Alley, Director of Campus Ministry, Southwestern College
  • Doug Serven, Campus Minister, RUF, University of Oklahoma (brief visit)
  • Cadmus Sorrell, College & Young Adult Ministry Intern, Draper Park Christian Church (and working to establish a new campus-based ministry at Oklahoma City Community College)
  • John Kelsey (Director), Dick Jaques, and Alex Miller, Staff, Baptist Student Union, University of Oklahoma (brief visit)
  • Eli Pagel, Campus Minister, Christ on Campus, University of Oklahoma; Dave Kyncl, national leader, Nazarene Secular Campus Missions and Executive Director, 2:8 House, University of Oklahoma; and Cadmus Sorrell, College & Young Adult Ministry Intern, Draper Park Christian Church (second connection)
  • Eli Pagel, Campus Minister, Christ on Campus, University of Oklahoma (continued discussion)
  • Alex Miller, Staff, Baptist Student Union, University of Oklahoma (second connection)

Other College Ministry (& Related) Explorations

  • Brief tour of Baptist Student Ministry building, Amarillo College, given by former staff member Mark Warrington
  • Large group meeting, Baptist Student Ministry, West Texas A&M University (brief visit)
  • Visit to the Cadet Chapel, Air Force Academy, as well as the newly installed Pagan Worship Circle
  • Attended the Ascent Conference (see above, under Discussions and Interviews). Besides connecting with college ministers, also attended Q&A sessions and a breakout seminar led by David Burke, Director, The House college ministry, Chattanooga, TN. Speaking throughout the weekend was done by Gordon MacDonald, author, speaker, and former president of InterVarsity.
  • The Walk graduate student & young adult Sunday school class, First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO
  • Merge College-Age (18-24) weekend service of Flatirons Community Church, Lafayette, CO; Teaching Pastor Scott Nickell preaching (see below; this is both a weekend church service but also the Large Group meeting of the Merge college ministry)
  • A visit to the 4/20 rally at University of Colorado (Boulder). (You can read my observations here.)
  • Large group meeting, The Annex university ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, CO
  • Chapel, Colorado Christian University,
  • “NiteLife” large group meeting, Campus Crusade for Christ, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • The Mill young adult and college student large group meeting, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Large group meeting, Chi Alpha, Wichita State University
  • Large group meeting, RUF, University of Oklahoma
  • “Paradigm” large group meeting, Baptist Student Union, University of Oklahoma, Director John Kelsey speaking

Church Visits

  • I crammed 3 weekend worship services in there, too!