University of Kansas – KU

[gn_spacer size=”10″][gn_dropcap style=”1″]I[/gn_dropcap]n the fall of 2013 a new Christian Challenge ministry was started at the University of Kansas. For a long time directors Ryan and Ginger Stelk had a passion for collegiate ministries, and the vision of disciple-making had captured their hearts. They had served on K-State staff with Christian Challenge for 10 years, but felt unsettled. “I wondered if God wanted us somewhere else, but we didn’t have a peace about another campus,” Ryan said. “We decided we needed to be faithful to walk with God at K-State.” If they moved, they wanted to go where there was a great need for laborers on the campus. When KU was presented as an opportunity, it fit the description. Read the Full Story in the Generations Newsletter

As a new campus ministry at KU, they are getting to know students and establishing the outreach. Just as the early church began by meeting together in people’s homes, so also are they beginning starting L.I.F.E. groups that study the Word of God, play games, eat meals, hang out, etc. They are from there building the larger community with larger fellowship meetings. Their overall goal is to raise up disciples who will in turn invest in others and live a life of discipleship and missional living.

KU Challenge’s Vision

We are here to infuse the world with life by training students to become people of GRACE who treasure Christ. Everything we do centers around this key vision.

As we infuse the world with life we want the world to know the life found in Christ. Our desire is to please God wherever we are and with whatever we do. Whether that’s here in Kansas or in China or as a doctor or a teacher, we would live to honor God.

We train students because our goal is much more than running a program or having activities; our goal is to equip this generation for a lifetime of serving Christ.

Finally we desire for our students to become people of GRACE who experience the gospel of grace, solidify loving and trusting relationships with God and with others, take action to advance God’s kingdom, grow more like Jesus in character and in lifestyle, and who put forth effort to make Jesus known.

G- Understand and experience the joy of God’s GRACE through Jesus
R- Solidifying a trusting and loving RELATIONSHIP with God and others
A- Grow in taking action to ADVANCE God’s Kingdom
C- Grow more like Jesus in CHARACTER and lifestyle
E – Put forth effort to know God and make him known

East Asia Team

Missional Living

We firmly believe that each person has a role to play in making the name of Jesus known and are committed to helping students make His name known during and after college. During your time in college, we’ll offer you different opportunities to impact the world. Whether you’re going into education, construction, government, sciences, business, or anything else we hope that you will join with Jesus in the work He is doing wherever you are.

Taking the message of the gospel to the nations is close to our heart and to God’s as well. We will be sending teams all over the world to train students and to impact the nations. As you begin to walk with us, we hope you will begin to join with us in living missionally right now and for the rest of our lives!

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Ryan & Ginger Stelk

Ryan has lived in Garden City, Mulvane, and Derby, KS. He graduated in May 2000 from University of the Cumberlands in KY. He is familiar with transitions and loves being a welcoming presence for New Students. He served as a youth minister (2001-2004) and is entering his 11th year on Christian Challenge staff (2000-1, 2004-present). He married his amazing wife Ginger in 1999 and they have 4 delightful children. He enjoys most sports and spending time with his family.

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Ben & Taylor Jurney

Taylor, who was raised in small-town Kansas, graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. Ben, who is a native of Houston, graduated from Texas A&M in 2012 with an Economics degree. They met while doing ministry together at Pine Cove summer camp in Tyler, Texas, and they are excited to become husband and wife in the fall of 2013! Through their summers at Pine Cove and their years of seeing God at work in their campus ministries, the Lord directed their hearts toward being on staff with KU Christian Challenge. They look forward to being used for His purposes at KU!
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Josh Toevs

Josh grew up on a farm near Whitewater, Kansas. He graduated college with a degree in Chemistry in May of 2014. During his time in college he found that God was leading him to a full time role with ministry, and after seeing the wonderful things God was beginning at KU, it was clear that God was leading him to a staff role with Christian Challenge. He is excited to join the Challenge family at KU and see what God is going to do in the lives of students![gn_spacer size=”10″] [gn_frame align=”left”] [/gn_frame]

Olivia Waterman

Olivia is from Bonner Springs, KS and is attending KU for a music therapy degree. After spending a semester involved in Christian Challenge at KU, she developed a huge passion for college ministry. She is currently serving as a staff intern for Challenge and loves the idea of joining full-time staff after she graduates.

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KU Christian Challenge
Ryan Stelk, Director
Challenge Thursday
8PM in the Gridiron Room
Located in the Burge Union

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