He was raised in a mainline church and grew up in an “Ozzie and Harriett” type family. His saw no difference between his family and his neighbors who did not attend church. They modeled high moral standards without claiming any sort of faith or church connection. That was confusing and the young man could not figure out why someone who lived 2,000 years ago had anything to do with life in the fast paced 20th century.
He was an electrical engineering student who saw no need for a spiritual life. Two months before graduation he attended a concert on campus and served as the sound coordinator. One of the benefits was the chance to meet the lead performer. He was setting up when the artist arrived, shook his hand, and asked him about his life. The student later remarked that no famous person had ever had time for him, a lowly student.
During the concert, the musician started by saying, “I don’t know what you came to do, but I came to praise the Lord.” He sang and talked and reflected on a Christ-transformed life and the young man at the sound table was transfixed. Suddenly, Jesus revealed himself to the student and he was drawn to his glowing face. Jesus simply pointed at him and said, “Dick, follow me.” In an instant, the futility and frustration of a search for truth vanished and he was showered in the blood of Jesus, who scrubbed away his despair and hopelessness. He emerged from the concert with a new life purpose: to know and serve Jesus. After the concert, the artist came over and hugged Dick and he felt the Father’s love imparted to him, another new experience.
The student? Dick Schroeder. The artist? Barry McGuire. The year? 1973. The site? Montana State University (MSU). The summary? Dick met Jesus at a rock concert.
Dick was also baptized with the Holy Spirit, and he got involved with the Chi Alpha chapter at Montana State University (MSU). Dick’s career path was altered by God and he later became the director of MSU Chi Alpha, serving there for more than 30 years. In the past few years, he stepped off campus to assume a national Chi Alpha leadership role with his wife Joy in mentoring campus leaders across the country.
Together, they have reached students who were not close to God, rooted many in knowing God, equipped them to serve Christ while on campus, and sent them out into the marketplace to make a difference for Christ’s kingdom, here in the United States and around the world. Read Colossians 1:28-29…Dick and Joy have done it well.
Dick and Joy have taught students and staff to follow Jesus and walk in the gifts of the Spirit. They model intimacy with God and what the active expression of spiritual gifts looks like. They offer an on-line coaching experience called http://www.yougottheholyspirit.com. Joy created superb mentoring materials called Tools for Mentoring. Their desire is to equip the Body of Christ to know the love of the Father, function in the gifts of the Spirit, and validate our witness for Jesus.
I urge you to follow Dick and Joy Schroeder as they follow Christ. They have modeled a life well lived. From their campus and home in Montana, they have reached students, and touched the future. In touching the future, they have reached the world. If you want to serve globally, imitate them. Follow Jesus, get baptized in the Spirit, and use your gifts.
Love is a verb,