Partners, October 2010
CAMPUS MINISTRY UNITED
TULSA, Okla. — Campus Ministry United has hired its first full-time employees: Lynn and Carol Stringfellow, longtime campus ministers for the Bay Area Church of Christ in Tampa, Fla.
The Stringfellows plan to move to Tulsa, where the Park Plaza Church of Christ will sponsor their effort to plant campus ministries nationwide.
“Carol and I are excited and humbled to be taking this step of faith,” Lynn Stringfellow said.
RED WOLVES FOR CHRIST
JONESBORO, Ark. — About 80 alumni and friends gathered recently at Arkansas State University to reconnect and learn more about the new direction and organization of the Red Wolves for Christ campus ministry.
Formerly known as the Church of Christ Student Center, Red Wolves for Christ has existed at Arkansas State since the mid-1960s.
Besides the name change, oversight of the ministry has shifted from the
Southwest Church of Christ to an autonomous board of trustees.
Chris Buxton returned to his alma mater to become the Red Wolves for Christ director.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
MOUNTAIN STATES CHILDREN’S HOME
LONGMONT, Colo. — Minister and former National Football League player Willie Franklin addressed more than 300 guests at the home’s recent 50th anniversary celebration.
Members of the Elmer Richards and John Lewis families were present to revisit the legacy of service to children and families that their fathers began.
“If it wasn’t for the home, I would be dead, in jail or on drugs,” said Ricky Greene, who turned 22 in August. “When I refer to my family, I speak of you guys (Mountain States Children’s Home).”
CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE
PARAGOULD, Ark. — The college has a new $257,000 student center with zero debt, thanks to a $63,000 Mabee Foundation challenge grant gift and other donations.
The 3,080-square-foot facility houses a student lounge, recreational equipment, concession area and bathrooms.
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
LUBBOCK, Texas — As nearly 400 freshmen arrived on campus this fall, LCU President Ken Jones and other faculty and staff members greeted them and helped move their belongings into residence halls.
Faculty and staff helping with move-in day is a long-standing tradition at LCU and some other Christian universities.
“Freshmen move-in day is always an exciting time at Lubbock Christian University,” Jones said.
“LCU employees make a tremendous effort to be involved in the lives of students. This is one of many opportunities to begin establishing a relationship with our new students.”
MALIBU, Calif. — Pepperdine recently dedicated the Churches of Christ Heritage Center — a repository of books, documents, photographs, Christian periodicals, congregational histories, archival materials and artifacts of Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Movement.
YORK, Neb. — About 25 York alumni and friends spent three days prepping the campus for the school year. “Work Days,” coordinated by Scott and Lisa Eckman, focused on Gurganus Hall, although volunteers helped with small repairs, painting, landscaping and cleanup all over campus.
MINISTRY TRAINING SCHOOLS
MELANESIAN BIBLE COLLEGE
LAE, Papua New Guinea — Four couples and a single preacher completed the three-year program at Melanesian Bible College recently.
The college trains Christians from rural villages in this developing nation, north of Australia. Most return to their villages to preach. The college’s faculty and board of directors are Papua New Guinea nationals. Jab Mesa is headmaster of the college. His wife, Becky, teaches classes for women at the college.
The Highland Church of Christ in Cordova, Tenn., supports the work.