Prior to 1969, the only outreach to university students in Michigan was attempts by local churches near a campus to include students in their programs. Michigan State University students brought the need to the attention of the elders at the University Christian Church in East Lansing. These men of vision formed a state-wide steering committee which led to the formation of the first campus ministry at MSU.
Gary Hawes was called to be the first campus minister in 1969. Now, forty five plus years later, God has used Gary’s passion and energy to grow this ministry from one campus and fifteen students to twelve campuses, with over 35 full-time campus staff, interns, and administrative staff and more than fifteen hundred students involved in some part of the ministry. Today, God has blessed the ministry with fifteen campus houses for students, two church buildings and one office building that are all used daily.
His House Winter Retreat 2017
Why are we so passionate about university students? For starters, students have unique needs. They are away from home for the first time and making their own decisions. They usually choose their career, their spouse, and their eternal destiny during their brief college years. We want Jesus to be the most important factor in every one of those decisions. Our mission to evangelize every campus and disciple every Christian grows with each year. Every life that is changed is a testimony to God’s promise of salvation. Since 1969, over thirty-five hundred students have accepted Christ and been baptized.
If you are a college student at one of our campuses, or know of one, please come and visit us! You can find us at the following campuses:
Central Michigan University – Mt. Pleasant
Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti
Ferris State University – Big Rapids
Grand Valley State University – Grand Rapids
Lake Superior State University – Sault Ste. Marie
Michigan State University – East Lansing
Michigan Technological University – Houghton
Northwestern Michigan College – Traverse City
Northern Michigan University – Marquette
Saginaw Valley State University – Saginaw
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo
If you would like a campus staff member to contact you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, campus you attend and your contact information and someone will contact you shortly!