About Ann's Ministry
God called me to join InterVarsity staff in 1997, and I have been serving as a campus staff member at DePaul University ever since. It is a privilege to be part of these students' lives and to influence them at this crucial time in their spiritual development.
I like to highlight the phrase "witnessing communities" in the InterVarsity Purpose Statement. Our hope for the DePaul chapter is that we would be a supportive, loving, faithful community of students and faculty, and that we would be able to exists as a witness for the love of Christ on our campus.
DePaul University is a Catholic institution (actually, the largest Catholic university in the nation), but it is extremely welcoming of all different kinds of students whether Catholic or not. Most students commute (this includes adults returning to finish their degree or to work on a graduate degree), and about 2,400 students live on campus in university residences. (For more interesting tidbits, read my DePaul Facts page.)
The DePaul IVCF Chapter
Our chapter is made up of students from many different denominations: Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, Messianic Jewish, Baptist, non-denominational, and others. We also have some level of ethnic diversity in our chapter. It is a joy to be able to worship Christ and grow together in our Christian faith in such a diverse community.
We hold a Weekly Worship Meeting on Tuesday nights, where we worship, fellowship, and learn from Scripture. Sometimes we invite speakers to teach us, and sometimes we will have an "in-house" Bible study. I love the way DePaul InterVarsity students dig into Scripture. We are hungry to know God better, and we are growing in our abilities to eat his Word.
DePaul is graced also by the presence of the Gospel Choir on campus. Latina Williams, my InterVarsity colleague, works with this group of students. They have an incredible opportunity to bless people through their worshipful singing. Since they are viewed as a "cultural" group (in addition to being a religious organization), they are invited to minister through their music in many different arenas where other Christian groups would not necessarily be welcome. In addition to rigorous musical rehearsals, the students in the Gospel Choir engage in regular prayer and Bible study to develop themselves spiritually. I have a great deal of respect for Latina and the wonderful ways she has served the DePaul Gospel Choir.
A Week in the Life
What does Ann do on campus in a given week? The answer is always changing, but here are some things that might be in there:
Here are some of my goals for the next two years:
Train 50% of our students in leading evangelistic Bible discussions
Send 25% of our students to participate in a summer mission trip, leadership training program, or an urban project
Establish a specialized witnessing community in the Theatre School at DePaul
Field 2-4 small group Bible studies each year until there is a small group in every dorm on campus
Pioneer a faculty group that would meet at least twice/quarter.
May God’s kingdom come more and more fully at DePaul University.
Part of my job is to raise up a support network for the ministry at DePaul University. I am always looking for people to support the ministry through financial donations and through prayer. If you would like to give a special donation, or if you would like to learn more about becoming a supporter of this ministry to students, you can find out more details in my "How to Donate" article.
Although I grew up believing in Jesus, it wasn’t until my freshman year at Northwestern University that I began to follow him as a disciple. Involvement in an InterVarsity small-group Bible study and close contact with strong Christian students challenged me to commit all areas of my life to Christ’s lordship.
After attending a summer leadership training program with InterVarsity, I sensed God leading me to serve university students as an InterVarsity staffworker. I received my B.M. in Music Education in June 1997 from Northwestern University, and began to work with InterVarsity immediately.
Jon Boyd and I met and married a few years after I came on staff. We spend our free time serving our church, baking and cooking, talking long walks, reading voraciously, and gardening.
It is my prayer that students at DePaul will learn to love our Lord and devote their lives to following his direction. May God spread his kingdom in our world through the men and women on our university campuses.
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