Chris Coons

Campus Director

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Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

School: Graduated from IUPUI in 2011

I grew up in a Christian home going to church every Sunday and heard the gospel from a young age. I attended summer church camp, went to Youth Group, went on missions trips, and lived a moral lifestyle hoping that this would make me acceptable to God. Despite being seen by friends and family as a ‘Good Christian’ I was giving my life to reputation, grades, sports, and my girlfriend. When I came to college, all these things that I had poured my life into were gone and I had a bit of an identity crisis.

Luckily, I met a man named Stephen who began to share the gospel with me and introduced me to others who patiently opened God’s Word to me and challenged me to truly trust Christ with my life. Stephen invited me to go on a weekend retreat with Campus Outreach and it was there that I saw the gravity of my sin and my desperate need for a Savior. In the weeks following that retreat I attended Campus Outreach’s weekly meetings and it was at one of the meetings I heard the verse Ezekiel 36:26 where God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” It was then that I asked God to do that very thing.

It was soon after that I began to notice changes in my life. I wanted to read the Bible and passages that I had read or heard dozens of times before were suddenly real and alive for the first time. I found myself spending more and more time in prayer. I began to make important decisions in my life in light of this new relationship that I had discovered: one of those being taking a job with Campus Outreach upon graduation and moving to Bowling Green, Ohio to help start Campus Outreach Columbus.