The CCO remains a distinctive Christian organization that brings the fullness of the good news to college students. Targeting these future leaders, the CCO represents a tangible expression of God’s kingdom in reaching out to students in order that they might know God’s claim on their lives and the world. As an organization, the CCO reflects the collaborative nature of the body of Christ and the willingness to serve other people and institutions for the honor and glory of Christ.
I first heard of the CCO through friends whose college experience was dramatically affected by the CCO ministry. As I considered options for ministry, I believed that God called me to this unique ministry. As a result, I discovered a new calling in the ministry of higher education. While I left the staff many years ago, I remain committed to ministry with college students, both through my daily activities and through my support of the CCO. I choose to be actively involved and supportive because I believe there is no other organization doing this type of ministry in this type of way based upon God’s comprehensive purposes of renewal.
—The Rev. Richard Noftzger is Pastor of Center Presbyterian Church. He is also a CCO staff alumnus.