InterVarsity History

Starting the Next 75 Years

Gordon Govier
January 5, 2017

In front of a 140-foot timeline highlighting 75 years of campus ministry, 1,400 InterVarsity staff members from across the United States met for their first national staff conference under new InterVarsity president Tom Lin.

The conference, in Orlando, Florida, was a time for staff to refresh and reconnect. They were challenged by Tom to use the weeklong meeting to renew their own calling to ministry and reaffirm God’s mission on campus.  

Referring to the account of Jesus and Peter walking on the water in Matthew’s Gospel, Tom noted, “In the past year we’ve had our walking on the water moments and our sinking in the water moments.”

75 Years of Witness on Campus

Gordon Govier
November 11, 2016

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship officially began our campus ministry in the United States on November 14, 1941, the day we were incorporated. Campus fellowships had already been active at several U.S. colleges for a few years, however.

In 1941 InterVarsity’s founder, Stacey Woods, directed a three-person staff, operating out of a Chicago office that was shared with the Christian Workers Foundation. Today, 75 years later, InterVarsity’s national office is in Madison, Wisconsin, and staff workers and volunteers across the U.S. total more than 2,000. InterVarsity has 1,011 chapters on 667 U.S. college campuses, working with more than 40,000 core students and faculty.

Remembering Gladys Hunt

July 5, 2010

Gladys “Rusty” Hunt touched the lives of untold numbers of students and InterVarsity staff through her writing and speaking, and through her leadership role at Cedar Campus, InterVarsity’s Great Lakes training and retreat center. Together with her husband Keith, Gladys hosted students, faculty, and staff, year after year, offering warm hospitality and foundational Christian training.

Alec Hill: Advent Reflections

December 16, 2009

Advent is a time for reflection and joy. During this season that formally begins the Christian year, we give thanks that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. In this spirit, I want to express my gratefulness for God’s goodness to the InterVarsity community over so many years.

Something Looks Different

December 4, 2009

By going to you can see a new design for the front page of our website and our centralized information pages. The new design is aimed at presenting InterVarsity’s campus ministry more smoothly and efficiently, especially to new visitors who are unfamiliar with InterVarsity.

The new design is an outgrowth of InterVarsity’s desire to be helpful and responsive to our friends and ministry partners.

Remembering Marie Little

July 30, 2009

Marie Huttenlock Little, an early InterVarsity staff member who faithfully managed the ministry legacy of her famous husband, passed away on July 28, 2009, at the age of 91. A memorial service was held Saturday, August 15, 2009, at Willow Creek Church, 67 East Algonquin Road, South Barrington IL. 

Marie first entered the world of InterVarsity when she became active in Nurses Christian Fellowship as a nursing student in Philadelphia in the late 1930s. Later, as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, she helped initiate an InterVarsity chapter there. She attended InterVarsity’s first Missions Conference in Toronto in 1946, and subsequently went to China with China Inland Mission. After returning from the mission field in 1952 she joined the staff of InterVarsity.

Remembering Pete Hammond

Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity
January 15, 2009

Pete Hammond was a unique human being. Friend. Mentor. Entrepreneur. Author. Rascal. Anyone who ever heard his laugh will never forget it. And Pete laughed a lot.

I first met Pete in the fall of 2000 when he and I were speakers at a Business as Mission conference in Seattle. After he sat through my ethics seminar, I listened to him exposit Hebrews 11. How could anyone, I wondered, find so much humor in that text? Afterwards, we had coffee and a friendship was born.

That’s how Pete operated.

The Legacy of a Visionary

January 2, 2009

Pete Hammond exemplified InterVarsity’s commitment to campus ministry in creative and unique ways. We are grieved at his passing but thankful that his ministry touched and enriched so many lives. Pete Hammond died last week at his home, at the age of 72.

Pete joined InterVarsity staff as an area director in 1966, working in the southeastern U.S., and he was one of InterVarsity’s early advocates for multiethnic ministry. He also became the director of Evangelism and served as vice president at large.

Ministry in Daily Life
His life touched almost every aspect of InterVarsity.

InterVarsity alumni - David and Helen Troutman

September 2, 2008

Attending freshman orientation at Texas Tech, in Lubbock, Texas, Helen Troutman made a beeline for the InterVarsity table. She listened politely but impatiently as the student at the table pitched her on all of the distinctives of the fellowship. Finally she thrust her contact information at him and said, “Don’t forget about me.”

“I was probably the easiest recruit they’d ever had,” she said.

Leading with Legal Ease

July 3, 2008

Operating a rock quarry may not have been the ideal preparation for the job of legal counsel to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. But Ralph Thomas says his various life experiences, particularly those working as a small town lawyer, have come in handy preparing him for the job he’s held for the last 15 years.

Ralph’s career path has taken some unexpected turns, but concluding his career path in a job with a ministry has been unexpectedly fulfilling.

Ralph graduated in 1954 from Penn State University with a degree in chemical engineering.

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