Chris and Cary Drinkard joined Campus Outreach staff in1998 and served in various roles in the Campus Outreach Augusta region for 16 years. In July of 2014, the Drinkards moved to Manila, Philippines where they helped launch a Campus Outreach ministry on two universities in the city in partnership with a local reformed Filipino church. Chris now serves as coordinator for the CO LEAD Initiative, a 2-year international ministry and development program for CO graduates. Their vision is to see hundreds of CO alumni serve and strengthen CO International ministries around the globe. Chris and Cary have three children: Susanna, Daniel, and Mary Beth.
Steve and Lindsay were both impacted by the ministry of Campus Outreach during their time at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. There, they grew into a deeper understanding of their need for God’s grace, and they both gained the conviction of wanting others to know the good news of Jesus Christ. Steve went on staff with Campus Outreach in 2011, and after they married in November 2012, Lindsay joined Steve on staff where they both ministered to students in Minnesota. During that time, God increased their vision to minister to students in an international context. Steve and Lindsay, along with their two children, are excited to continue to bring the gospel message to university students in the Philippines and see lives transformed through Jesus Christ.
Matthew and Taylor Roth
Matthew and Taylor have each been following Christ since high school. They both independently made the decision to move overseas and join Campus Outreach in Manila, Philippines, which is where they met. After serving in Manila together from November 2018 through November 2020, they got married and are committed to serving with CO Manila for another three years. Both Matthew and Taylor love the Lord deeply and are so excited for the opportunity to continue serving him by investing in the lives of the college students of the Philippines!
I grew up not knowing and minding who Jesus really is. I used to look for my purpose, security, and fulfillment in people and other worldly things. It wasn’t until I felt completely empty in 2014 that I realized my need for Him. It was in 2015 that I truly understood what His deed on the cross meant and accepted Him as my personal Lord and Saviour. Since then, He has continued to grow my heart for the lost. What a great privilege to work full-time with and for Him on the campuses and to see Filipino laborers raised up for the advancement of His Kingdom!
I came into college knowing who Jesus is but not fully understanding what He did and why He matters. In my junior year, I met one of the student leaders of Campus Outreach Manila and he invited me to Bible studies. As he led me to Christ and helped me grow more in my relationship with Him, I felt God change my perspective, my desires, my goals, my purpose in life. The past year, especially the past semester, I was given the opportunity to be more active in the ministry and was able to lead Bible studies with other students and I was given the privilege to witness other students come to know Christ deeper and grow in their relationship with Him and desire Him more and more in their life. It has been such a joy to witness other students come to know Christ and I have felt God calling me to continue in the ministry and after praying about it for the past year and seeking counsel from my leaders.
Before I knew Christ, my sense of significance and identity came from what I could do and how I thought I could please the world. As the power of the Gospel weaved into my life, I saw that my value did not come from what I could do, but from what Christ had already accomplished for me on the cross. God allowing me to live in light of His love and grace has changed my life and my vision for how I can use it in service of Him. This was something I deeply wanted to share to others which is why I decided to pour out this year of my lift to the ministry, help lead others to Christ and glorify His name on the campus.
Ben grew up in a Christ-centered home but did not fully grasp what a relationship with Christ was until his freshman year at Kansas State University. He was able to get involved with Student Mobilization, an on-campus ministry. Over the next four years, Ben developed in his walk with God through a spiritual leader on staff with StuMo. It was through these development opportunities that Ben’s heart began to grow for the world, and he saw the overwhelming need for people to go out and share the Gospel with all nations. He graduated in May of 2020 and has joined the LEAD Manila team. Ben cannot wait to see what the Lord will do while overseas.
I grew up in Wichita, KS where I regularly attended church growing up; however, it was not until my freshman year at college that I really came to understand what it meant to have a relationship with God. After making the decision to follow Christ, I learned about God’s heart for the world and developed a strong desire to love God, love people, and help others come to know the God that saved my life. I absolutely love learning about different cultures and getting to know people, so I am very excited to have the privilege to serve on staff in Manila for two years! I cannot wait to see how God will continue to move in the hearts of students in the Philippines!
I grew up in Northwest Kansas in a Christian family. I never truly understood that I could have a relationship with Christ until I was in college at Kansas State University. My sister invited me to join Student Mobilization, an on-campus ministry. God used this ministry and my sister to show me what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ and how I can live it out in my daily life. Throughout my three and a half years of college, the Lord grew my heart for the world and the need for all nations to be reached with the gospel. I graduated in December 2019 and accepted a position with the CO LEAD Manila team. I am excited to serve in Manila and see the Kingdom of God grow!
I grew up going to church and I believed in Jesus but I never really made the decision to follow Christ. I attended Kansas State University where I got involved with a campus ministry and began following Christ my freshman year. Since then I have had training on how to share my faith and make disciples, and those two things get me really excited! During my time in college, I learned a lot about the world and the need for laborers to go to other countries and share the Gospel. To have the opportunity to follow that command in Manila is amazing, and I am excited to share the Gospel and make Disciples there!