In Memoriam: Bruce Briggs, Founding Board Member

[gn_dropcap style=”1″ size=”3″]W[/gn_dropcap]e are saddened by the recent loss of Bruce Briggs, one of the founding board members of Friends of Kansas Nebraska Collegiate Ministries. Bruce fought a valiant fight against cancer over the past three years. He leaves behind his family and a great many friends who will miss him greatly.

Bruce was one of the founding board members of Friends of Kansas Nebraska Collegiate Ministries Association. In the early days when we were forming the idea and structure, Bruce was an inspired, driving presence. Bruce attended and graduated from Kansas State University. He was very active as a participant and later as a leader of Christian Challenge and had a close relationship with Bob Anderson. Bob shared this insight, “Bruce was a remarkable leader In Christian Challenge while a student at Kansas State, helping many students find life and purpose in Christ.” Bruce was such an advocate for campus ministry based on his own experience. His drive and leadership helped us through many of the challenges as we pioneered the Friends organization together.

Bruce resided in the Dallas area with his wife, Teri, and two children, Maddox (5) and Hudson (3). He worked as a benefits planning executive and was very active in the small group ministry of his church. He also reached out to many people throughout Dallas with the Gospel. Bruce maintained an extensive network of friends from college, both in the Dallas area and throughout the U.S. There are two celebration services. The first is in Dallas on Saturday, December 20th. And the second one will be held on Jan 3 at 11:00 a.m., at All Faiths Chapel on the Kansas State campus

By all accounts, Bruce faced his illness with the same courage and tenacity that he faced other life challenges. Originally given one year to live, he was able to fight through for three years with the help of his wife, friends and medical team. Bruce was passionate for Jesus Christ. And though his life ended unexpectedly early, we believe Paul’s testimony of finishing the race victoriously is that of Bruce’s. The graphic on this page was designed with that heart and vision as Bruce was a triathlete.

As a Friends organization, we are deeply indebted to Bruce and his investment in this organization. We honor him and his memory and we will desperately miss him.

To Bruce’s family, we expressed: “Words are so inadequate to express our love and concern for all three of you. We celebrate his wonderful life which is only defined by God himself. We would like to add another element. God used Bruce as a key member of the Friends board to launch the association to what it is today. He was critical in advancing lines of communication, resolving graphics problems and forging onward to articulate the message of need on campuses today in Kansas and Nebraska. We are deeply indebted to Bruce and you for this. We appreciated his continued prayer, advice and support after his time on the board was over. Even though he was no longer able to meet with us regularly, we still knew he was praying and still valued his counsel, words of wisdom and encouragement.”

Please join with us in praying for his wife, Teri, and his sons, Maddox and Hudson.

If you have a remembrance to share at the KSU memorial, please send those to Bob Anderson.