Neil Odgers

Pastor of College Ministries

Born and raised: Escanaba, MI

Education: Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (MDiv); Western Michigan University (BA History; Political Science)

Ministry Experience: Campus Crusade for Christ at University of Iowa from ’75 to ’79; pastoral intern for singles ministry at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon ’83 thru ’85; pastoral intern for singles ministry at South Evangelical Presbyterian Fellowship in Denver, CO; College Pastor at Indian Hills Community Church in Lincoln, NE from ’86 to ’88; College Pastor at South Church since September 1, 1988.

Hobbies: Mini golf, basketball, tennis, downhill skiing, football, running, reading western novels by Louis L’Amour

Testimony: I’m a native Yooper. I appreciate that I grew up in a committed Catholic home where I knew about God, but I didn’t fully understand what it meant to know Christ. I thought life was works based, that if I followed the Ten Commandments I would get into heaven. When I went to college at Western Michigan University, I had two roommates who were born-again believers and I saw a close friend come to Christ. A Campus Crusade staff member shared the gospel with me, highlighting my need to trust in Christ’s provision on the cross and my need to give my life to Christ. I did make the decision to receive Christ, and as it says in John 1:12, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” I was faithfully followed-up with and discipled, and was able to lead friends to Christ.

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