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Georgia Southern Christian Campus Fellowship
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Partnering with CCC since
Simply Christian, by N.T. Wright
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Georgia Southern Christian Campus Fellowship exists to help students connect: to connect with Christ in a life-changing relationship, and to connect with a Christian community that provides students with a nurturing environment that fosters a deeper walk with the Lord and allows for developing deep, lifelong friendships.
We operate out of a ministry house located just one block from the entrance to campus. This house serves as the hub of student life at CCF, giving students a convenient home-away-from-home. Most of our ministry activities, such as Bible Studies, Cafes, small groups, leadership teams, community meals, casual hangouts, etc., take place at this location.
Growing up, I was always involved in church activities, and I’ve been a Christ-follower since the age of 9, but I never gave a moment of thought to the idea of vocational ministry until I was a senior in college. My plan all along was to become an Aerospace Engineer. When I moved off to college at Georgia Tech, I did not lose my faith, but I did drift away from faithfully following Jesus. When I was a 19-year-old sophomore, my mother died from cervical cancer. This was a devastating loss for me and my family. My world was shaken, and I suddenly realized that I was not in control, and that I needed to make some changes. About a month after my mom died, I started attending a brand-new campus ministry at Tech called Christian Campus Fellowship (CCF). Almost immediately, I experienced the transforming power of Christian community. I was a regular at all CCF events and activities from that point forward, and my faith began to grow again in significant ways. A few months before my graduation, I sat down with the Tech CCF minister, Rick Harper, to talk about my future. He offered me the opportunity to work for a year at CCF as a ministry intern, to explore campus ministry vocationally. I jumped at the chance, and wound up working at Georgia Tech CCF for two school years. During those two years, God completely changed my vocational priorities. I felt a genuine calling into campus ministry-that God could use me to help create a community on another campus so that other college students could experience the dynamic power of Christ-centered community that I experienced as a college student. Long story short-I went off to seminary (Emmanuel Christian Seminary) to get my master’s degree, and then in 1995, my wife Michelle and I moved down to Statesboro to start the Christian Campus Fellowship ministry at Georgia Southern University.
I was born and raised in Fayetteville, GA. My parents were both faithful Christians, and I have been involved in church since as long as I can remember. When I was 9 years old, I made the decision to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I was baptized into Christ at that time. After high school graduation, I went to college at Georgia Tech to study Aerospace Engineering. I became involved in a CCF campus ministry at Tech. After graduating from Tech, I worked for two years at the CCF ministry there, then I went up to Emmanuel Christian Seminary to work on my master’s degree. While there, I met my wife, Michelle, who was a student at Milligan College at the time. We got married in April of 1995, and we moved down to Statesboro shortly after that to begin the CCF campus ministry at Georgia Southern.
Michelle has since earned her doctorate in Communications/Public Relations, and she is a Senior Lecturer at Georgia Southern. We have two grown children: Caleb (22), who recently graduated from Ogeechee Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Information Technology; and Samantha (19), who is currently a sophomore at Point University, studying Exercise Science.
Prayer Points for Danny Groover
- Personal: That I would maintain a heart of gratitude no matter what external circumstances. I was very intentional about this in the days leading up to Thanksgiving this year, and it did make a huge difference in my life. Like so many people, I can focus on things that are negative and/or frustrating, and this robs me of joy and hinders me from seeing God at work.
- Ministry: Leading a college student ministry during the COVID pandemic is huge challenge. I would ask prayers for wisdom for myself and our assistant minister (John McAfee) as we seek to lead CCF during this time. This involves planning, organizing and implementing ministry activities, with an eye on all of the public health guidance from the CDC, state of Georgia Public Health department, and Georgia Southern University.
- Community: I believe that the Georgia Southern community, like so places today, is facing a serious mental health crisis. College by itself is challenging enough, but with the COVID pandemic superimposed on top of this, it seems like so many people I know/talk to/hear about are carrying around an enormous emotional weight.