Sending Church: Redeemer Church
Ministry Start Date: June 2016
Duration: Full Time
Location: Champaign-Urbana, IL/The University of Illinois
From 2002-2008, Jon was a student at Tennessee Technological University and got involved with a college ministry called Campus Outreach. In 2008, Jon moved to Central Illinois to join the Campus Outreach expansion staff team. There he met Cassie, who got involved with Campus Outreach as a senior in college. In 2011, God was extremely gracious to Jon, and Cassie became his beloved bride. They now have three spunky children, ages 3, 2, and 1. Since they got married, they have been working with college students on campuses in Central Illinois. However, they are now transitioning off staff with Campus Outreach, but will continue to work with college students. In 2009, a Southern Baptist Church called Redeemer Church was planted in Champaign-Urbana, near the massive campus of the University of Illinois. Having a huge heart for the campus, many people in the church have been ministering to students there, but no one in a full-time capacity. Having prayed for seven years for a full-time campus minister, at last, by God’s providence, it seems that He is answering their prayers and sending Jon and Cassie to meet that need! And they are eager to go!
Redeemer Church desires to “bring the church to campus, and the campus to church.” As a campus minister of Redeemer Church to the University of Illinois, Jon’s role will be just that: to build friendships with students on campus, share the Gospel, and establish and equip students by getting them plugged into the church. Though Jon plans to spend most of his time with freshmen students, the U of I is a strategic campus to potentially reach the nations. The U of I has the 2nd largest enrollment of international students among public institutions in the world, with around 120 different countries represented—What an opportunity! While Cassie will have a different role, she hopes to support Jon’s ministry, take care of the children at home, and desires to do ministry with the female students. Jon and Cassie are going to live in a strategic location in a ministry house, right across the street from campus. They hope to build relationships by making themselves available and opening up their home to students.
In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Please pray the Lord saves students, raises them up, and sends them as laborers into his harvest. Thank you for your prayers and support!
1008 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Jon: (615) 785-7427
Cassie: (309) 255-7043