CCO staff member Dave McGeary ministers to students at Penn State University’s New Kensington campus. Before he joined CCO staff, Dave worked as a Retail Technology Advisor for Giant Eagle, Inc.
It took three years for me to decide to make the move from my business career at Giant Eagle, Inc. to campus ministry, with the encouragement of my pastor, a former CCO staffer. While at Giant Eagle, several Christians, including myself, took seriously the call to minister where we were: Bible studies during lunch, prayer together, and cultivating individual relationships. The move from Giant Eagle to Penn State New Kensington was in some respects just a change of ministry. And I was able to continue to use my gifts in very comparable ways.
There are many similarities between my former job and my current position with the CCO and I believe God has used and continues to use my gift sets in similar ways. For example, my former role as a technology advisor to all of the Giant Eagle stores was highly interactive, highly relational. I communicated with and worked closely with a broad and varied group of people: senior management; store-level management and personnel, internal staff and peers.
In my role with the CCO as a staff worker on the Penn State New Kensington campus, I find myself interacting again with a diverse group of people: students, faculty members, administrators and staff. And I continue to introduce change to those I work with, as I challenge students (and others) to consider the role of God and faith in their lives.
I thrived at Giant Eagle because of the relational aspect of my roles there. I believe that I continue to thrive with the CCO for that very reason. The CCO allows, even invites, me to minister in my own way, using my own gifts. I not only feel supported in that way, but I also know that I have support for those areas where I am weak, that there are resources available to help me.
God used other believers in my life to have me consider campus ministry. God then continued to use His gifting in my life, only in a different environment. As a result, the transition has been wonderful and exciting!