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.
My name is Taylor Smith. I became a Christian in high school when a friend shared the gospel with me and helped me get involved in her church. When I went to college at Georgia Southern University, I got plugged into Campus Outreach almost immediately. I was taught the fundamentals of walking with God and sharing my faith, and knew I wanted to give my life away to college women after graduating college. I am currently serving in my fourth year on staff with Campus Outreach and preparing to move to Manila, Philippines. I am convinced of God’s heart for the nations and know that the Philippines is a strategic place to see God reach all of Southeast Asia and the rest of the world with men and women who love Jesus and want to see the gospel go forth!
When I was younger, I didn’t quite understand what having a real relationship with God was like, but I declared that I would go overseas one day and preach the Gospel. That same desire is true today. God has shown me His own heart for the world time and time again, and I strive and pray to have a heart like His. Additionally, the Gospel is the most powerful thing in the world, and it would be an honor to help Filipino college students realize that. God has instilled in me a passion to learn about new cultures as well as a love for His people, so I am excited to go to Manila to serve Him!
I grew up in church, but it wasn’t until college that I really began following Christ and understanding that as a follower of Christ my heart should be for the world knowing God, not just making my life better. As I have been processing through where God wants me after college, I have been contemplating verses like Matthew 9:37, which says that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. I know that there is a need for people to hear the gospel everywhere, but I believe that there is a greater need in places where no one knows Truth and there is no one to tell it. I am excited to show the Filipinos that I meet that God is indeed God of the universe, not the God of western civilization and that the gospel is for them as well! I believe that God is going to transform lives, and I cannot wait to be a part of it!
I grew up in church, and I always knew about the gospel and Jesus. However, I had some basic misconceptions about what it meant to follow Him personally that I didn’t realize until my freshman year of college. Since then, I have grown in my excitement for reaching non-Christians with the gospel, and I believe that Campus Outreach’s model of reaching the nations by building laborers on the college campus for the lost world is very effective. I love the idea of raising up indigenous leaders, and I believe that it is the most effective way to make sustainable disciple-making movements. I look forward to spending 2 years in Manila sharing with and discipling men to love the Lord, disciple other men, lead their families well, and reach the nations with the gospel!
Daniel grew up in a loving Christian home. He went to Bethel University in St. Paul where the Lord used His church and Christian discipleship to deepen Daniel’s understanding of the gospel and his personal need for Jesus daily. During college Daniel learned how to commune with the Lord, share his faith, study the bible and pray. Upon graduation he worked in Minneapolis Public Schools for three years. During his final year the Lord put on his heart a desire to pursue going overseas to see his gospel proclaimed to the ends of the earth.
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.