Black Campus Ministry

God’s Work Among Black Students

May 2, 2017

An Interview with Charlene Brown, Director of InterVarsity’s Black Campus Ministries

Charlene Brown began serving as InterVarsity’s new Black Campus Ministries (BCM) director in July of 2016. In the midst of a challenging cultural climate for Black college students today, she brings theological training, campus staff experience, a bold vision, and real hope rooted in the power of Jesus to change systems and structures as well as individual hearts. Andy Kim, InterVarsity’s Multiethnic Resource Director, sat down with Charlene to hear more about her life, her dreams for Black students and faculty, and current opportunities for BCM.

Black Students Take the Lead

Gordon Govier
September 1, 2015

Kimberly Blackford was a student leader at the University of Louisville. She was president of her sorority, diversity chair for the Student Activities Board, and active in a variety of other organizations. But it took a long time for her to get involved in InterVarsity.

Her third year on campus she came to a turning point in her Christian life. “I was tired of living with guilt, one foot in the world and one foot in the church,” Kimberly said. “At a Wednesday night church service I decided to surrender my life fully to Jesus and live for him.”

In Remembrance – Elward Ellis

Gordon Govier
May 14, 2012

InterVarsity staff and friends of Elward Ellis were saddened to learn this week of his death from an automobile accident. Elward joined InterVarsity staff in 1980, and for seven years he served as InterVarsity’s first Director of Black Campus Ministries (BCM).

The fatal accident occurred Saturday morning, May 12, 2012. According to reports, Elward was alone in his car at the time. The loss of his presence is felt by Dr. Dawn Swaby-Ellis, his wife, and Jonathan, his son, as well as the congregation of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where Elward served as pastor.

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