Since January 2016, Chris Bean has been the coordinator of Campus Mission for the USA/Canada NYI. Chris was a youth pastor for 15 years before becoming a campus minister in Cincinnati, OH through a partnership with the Southwestern Ohio District and the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach). You can find out more about Chris and his ministry here. Here’s the original announcement on NCN News about Chris’ appointment.
Here’s a video of Chris talking about his calling to campus ministry and how coffee has played an important role in his ministry.
Today, Anita serves as Associate Director of the OU Nazarene Student Center with Executive Director, Andy Bolerjack. Anita Shepperd holds an undergraduate degree in Instrumental Performance from Southern Nazarene University. She and her husband have been volunteer missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Croatia and Kosovo. This trajectory of missional living was the key factor that led the Shepperds to working with university students. Campus ministry is a missional way of life and this way of ministry spoke to the idea incarnational living in ministry. The Lord led their family to Norman Oklahoma. The Shepperds have been working at the the Nazarene Student Center for the University of Oklahoma since 2008. This ministry has been established since 1992 with roots that go even earlier in its history.
In 1999, the idea of a “coffee house” ministry at Missouri State University (then SMSU) began in the hearts and minds of Steve and Berna Proffitt. After 20 years of ministry, Steve and Berna felt a call to spend the next chapter of their lives as missionaries, assuming that would mean leaving the community they had come to love. As God’s plan began to unfold, it became very apparent that the “mission field” they were called to was not “over there”, but “right here.” With more than 30,000 college students here in Springfield, and more than 600 international students, representing more than 80 foreign countries the doors opened for Steve and Berna to begin The Potter’s House. Sponsored by Joplin District Church of the Nazarene, The Potter’s House officially opened the doors in November 2000. What began with about 20 college students meeting weekly in their home, Potter’s House has grown to more than 1,00 students walking through the doors of Potter’s House every week. Students from all across the USA, and around the world looking for a place to meet friends, make new friends, have some great coffee and smoothies, and occasionally study, have found a “home away from home” at Potter’s House. Also pictured above is their cafe manager, Samson Latchison.
Rhiannon Gamboa grew up in Sparks, Nevada attending a local Nazarene church. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in December 2012. In January 2014, she moved across the country to Lawrence, Kansas to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. While attending NTS, she was connected with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at University of Kansas (KU). Rhiannon fell in love with the ministry and the students, deciding to pause her education to jump into college ministry full time. Since she’s started in July 2014, she’s left KU to start new ministries at Haskell Indian Nations University and Washburn University.
Until just recently, Ben Moore was engaged in campus ministry at Boise State University. In April 2016, he and his wife Tami and their beautiful children accepted a call to pastor a Nazarene Church in Washington State. Because of his years of serving college students at Boise State and the potential of reaching a new campus in his current assignment, Ben remains a part of our Campus Mission leadership team.
Rob is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in ministry. He works for the USA/Canada Regional Office for Nazarene Youth International (NYI). Through the collaboration of NYI & Campus Mission, Rob helps to network, resource, and engage with leaders at the Global Ministry Center for the Church of the Nazarene, in addition to help provide administrative support to the Campus Mission Lead Team. Things Rob enjoys are laughing, making people smile, and playing in the dirt.