When I came to Abilene my freshman year I was excited about many things. I was excited for a fresh start, a new space, something to try on my own. I grew up a preacher’s kid in a small church in Fremont, Nebraska. Many of you know being in the preacher’s family is not all roses and rainbows, so I was especially excited to go to a new church where I wasn’t the preacher’s daughter (no offense), where my identity was independent of anything other than me. As I went to different churches and eventually settled at Highland, the community that I enjoyed the most was my small group that met at the home of Mark and Gina Lewis. I learned quickly as we met every Sunday night: Mark and Gina were the kind of people you want on your team. They took our “small group” (all 30 of us) into their home each week and ushered us into a time of community. They asked genuine, sincere questions about our week and reminded us to stop by if we needed anything before we saw them again. The most standout sentiment to me from my two years meeting in their home was one night toward the end of the semester when our group was thanking Mark and Gina for letting us meet in their home; Mark replied simply, “It’s God’s home, we just live here.” A generous attitude, a humble heart, and a willingness to let 30 college students collapse on the floor to eat and talk for two hours each week. Two years since and I still see them regularly, whether in his office at ACU, at women’s bible study, or in the pew at church. What I have learned most overwhelmingly in my three years at Highland is that this community desires to embrace each and everyone who walks through the doors. Be available to this community and be ready to be embraced by love and generosity.
With this in mind, Highland University Ministry is dedicated to connecting the university students of Abilene to each other and to the church at large. Small groups, mission trips, and movie nights help students to build community with each other and other church members throughout the year. We would love for you to be a part of that community!
This year Zane Witcher and I (Bailey Cate) are working to create a space to discuss ideas and better our relationships with God and each other.
If you are interested in getting involved with University Ministry please contact Zane or me: