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Sam I am

Right Here, Right Now!

 

That’s the theme for the Christian Campus Center as we celebrate fifty years of Christian Ministry here at Kilgore College.

 

I am the current director and have been for the past 6 years. The Tri-C didn’t always look like it does today because the Tri-C has seen many changes since it first opened its doors at this same located 50 years ago this year. The Tri-C was simply known as the Church of Christ Bible Chair back then.

Ramon and Carlos
The Bible chair was the place where students could come in and take Bible course taught by qualified ministers. The Bible chair was and still is an arrangement whereby Bible is taught for credit at a state or tax supported school. The Bible chair was also a meeting place for students to be involved Bible Studies and devotionals on a weekly basis.

 

The Bible Chair was celebrated with the then President of Kilgore College, Dr. Cruce Stark congratulating R. J. Dodson, the first director of the Bible Chair at an open house held for the community in August of 1959. Mr. Dodson was a graduate of Kilgore College and his wife is still alive and resides in Longview, TX.

 

Other noticeable changes include the change in focus.

Carlos, Brianna and Ramon
Now a Campus Ministry which encompasses not only the Bible Chair but various ministerial activities and the director is also called the Campus Minister.

 

The Building, which has been in the same place since it open suffered a slight set back in 2001 when a fire destroyed the inside of the structure including valuable books and other equipment. The Christian Campus center was temporarily located in the Devall student center where students could still have a chance to be a part of the ministry of the Tri-C. The Tri-C was quickly rebuilt with the support of the many congregations in the area. Today, that support comes from churches as far as California.

 

4 directors later including the help of a current dean, Terry Booker, the current Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Gerald Stanglin, Bible Teacher, Merle Mooreland  and so many others have really helped the Christian Campus Center to develop into one of the most recognized and respected student organizations on the Kilgore College Campus.

Carlos, Brianna, Ramon, Sam and Moochie

 

I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Abilene Christian University, and I have other degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of California at Davis. I teach various Bible courses each semester and I am vital part of the spiritual development of our KC students.

 

I have had many life experiences including living and working in Japan, Kenya, and Europe. I have travel extensively around the world and have done many mission trips in countries like S Africa, Honduras, Kenya, Brazil and a host of other places here in the USA.

Heath

 

My mission is to bring more and more students to know the love of Christ through various activities and studies with my students. I have a passion especially for the international students that come to study at the college. The Tri-C is a place that is especially welcoming to students from so far.

 

I offer students various opportunities each week to get to know each other with free dinner parties each Monday evening, a special home cooked meal on Wednesdays followed by the Church in the Center Bible study and worship service. Each Thursday, various churches sponsor a free lunch and devotional for the students, faculty and staff of the campus. This is one of our most popular events. When I first came we would have about 20 students show up and enjoy the fellowship and a meal. Today, we serve more than 280 students each and every week. God is really working through us here. It is a great feeling knowing that you can provide something for people.

Tim and Jason, they like the Dallas Cowboys, but we still like them

 

October is the Celebration month for the Tri-C. Each week I will be giving away prizes and gifts to students who come by for lunch. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, free food, CD’s and a variety of other items await our guest. The celebration goes into high gear on Saturday Oct 24th when the Tri-C will host an open house from 1-3pm. I want everyone to come out and see the building and enjoy some great fun, food and a free gift. I promise it will be a fun afternoon. On Sunday Oct 25th I would like to invite everyone to come out at 10am to the Chandler Street Church of Christ located at 2701 Chandler Street in Kilgore, for a special sermon I will preach followed by a free banquet to honor all college students. The meal will be great and the fellowship even better.

 

There will be other activities including a free dinner on Monday, Oct 26th at 6pm at the Tri-C, a free hot breakfast on Tuesday, Oct 27th starting at 7:30am, a great dinner on Wednesday night the 28th starting at 5pm followed by a special Bible Study, a really special comfort food lunch and devotional sponsored by the Longview Church of Christ and the Harris Chapel Church of Christ that starts at 11am.

Lynn, Carrie and Ryan
That lunch will be fantastic; I promise. We will be giving away $50 savings Bonds for a few lucky people. Other surprises and specials will happen that day as well. The celebration will come to and end with a Halloween party on Friday evening. All the information can be found on the Tri-C web page at www.cscoc.com and on our facebook page: Christiancampuscenterkilgore.

rogers10 says:
congrats to you and the Tri-C. Did you finish the book?
Posted on: Oct 17, 2009
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Sam I am
Sam I am
Ramon and Carlos
Ramon and Carlos
Carlos, Brianna and Ramon
Carlos, Brianna and Ramon
Carlos, Brianna, Ramon, Sam and Mo…
Carlos, Brianna, Ramon, Sam and M…
Heath
Heath
Tim and Jason, they like the Dalla…
Tim and Jason, they like the Dall…
Lynn, Carrie and Ryan
Lynn, Carrie and Ryan
Tony!!!!!
Tony!!!!!
Sergio and Heather
Sergio and Heather
Thanks for all your help Jan
Thanks for all your help Jan
Granny, yeah she helps out and cle…
Granny, yeah she helps out and cl…
Chris and my secretary, Fanita
Chris and my secretary, Fanita
Chris and his Tatoo
Chris and his Tatoo
Taylor, Anthony and JBrax
Taylor, Anthony and JBrax
Carrie and Taylor in my office
Carrie and Taylor in my office
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