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January 13, 2010
Ife Ojetayo actively participated in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Binghamton University in New York from fall 2000 until spring 2004. While attending college, Ife was a small group leader and the InterVarsity chapter president for two years.
Throughout many retreats and training sessions, including Expedition and Basileia, the regional camp for campuses in New York and New Jersey, Ife grew in his love for God and the world. He attended Urbana 2003 as a participant to explore the possibility of full-time ministry.
Ife returned home to Long Island after he graduated. When he returned to Binghamton University for graduate classes, Carrie Moorhead, InterVarsity staff at Binghamton University, suggested he pursue ministry as a career. Having grown up in Nigeria until he was 12, Ife was looking for a career in international affairs. But was not certain if that was the right career to pursue.
Carrie invited Ife to church with her. Ife continues to attend the church today, drawn to the high quality preaching and teaching which nurtures his own spiritual growth.
The pastor invited Ife to lead a weekly Bible study, with members many years his senior, teach Sunday school for teenagers, lead youth group each week, and occasionally deliver the sermon on Sundays to the congregation. Ife also volunteers with the weekly soup kitchen, Shepherd’s Bowl. Carrie currently attends and participates in the Bible study Ife leads in the church. “I want to train students to study the Bible as if they will be leading me in Bible study someday,” Carrie said.
Ife has become an integral part of the church community, discipling and teaching many in the congregation. His future plans include attending seminary and actively participating in church ministry.
Ife Ojetayo demonstrates InterVarsity’s vision to see students transformed and world changers developed.