Welcome

Thanks for taking a moment to check out who we  are and what we are up to. Barbara and I appreciate  your interest in us and hope you will be encouraged  by something you encounter here.

I have had the privilege of serving with Chi Alpha  Campus Ministries since 1982 (14.5 years in Ohio,  15 years in Boston, and with the National Training Team in Charlottesville, VA since the fall of 2011). I especially enjoyed  my last assignment in pioneering and developing  Chi Alpha in Boston as well as in New England and  the Northeast.

I have recently accepted an opportunity to serve on the national level with missionary training, mentoring leaders, and resource development. But a little of the back story…

In 2004, I was one of ten Chi Alpha veteran missionaries asked by our national director to participate in a national assessment of Chi Alpha. We all agreed Chi Alpha needed upgrades in eight key areas. We were then asked to lead Chi Alpha 2010, a five-year process to address those areas of concern. Even though the ten of us were locally based (me in Boston), we accepted the mantle of extra responsibility for a few years.

I am excited to report that we have made much progress since 2005 in all eight areas. One example is the 5000 new students involved across the country. Another are the new missionaries we have added. When I came to Boston in 1996, there were nine other Chi Alpha missionaries serving in the Northeast U.S. Now we have close to 70, many of whom are under the age of 35. I am currently encouraging and investing in many of them (see right).

In 2010, Dennis Gaylor approached the ten of us (and many other veterans) to consider a shift in our mission assignment and Barbara and I prayed about it. It has been a tremendous 14 years pioneering and developing Chi Alpha’s first urban, multi-campus project. We have reached students, trained leaders, influenced nations in Boston, as well as developed the Southern and Northern New England districts (and assisted New York), and given key leadership to the development of Chi Alpha in the Northeast. God blessed us and we have blessed many others, and many churches and individuals have been a key part of it.

But the national office has asked me to step into a larger leadership role in our mission movement, believing I have greater capacity, gifts, and experience for helping the work of God expand nationally and globally. So I accepted Dr. Harvey Herman’s invitation to join the national missionary training and resource development team based in Charlottesville, VA. I mailed out a brochure* to all of our support partners that details my assignment.

*One is available if you will let me know. 

As we embark on a new adventure in collegiate ministry on the national level, I once again need the prayer, encouragement, and financial partnership of many individuals, alumni, churches, and corporate leaders to enable me to do the work God has asked me to carry. We have 98% of our needed budget re-committed, and have been approved to start our new assignment.

We sold our home in Boston in July ’11 and relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia in September ’11…we are settled into our new place, found a good church, and are connecting with our neighbors.

I hope you will consider adding us to your charitable or faith promise giving and even consider making a project gift (details can be found on the JOIN OUR TEAM page). Join me in working to reach more students, train more leaders, and influence more nations for Christ.

I post a Monday Motivator every Monday based on our five objectives (see description on the MM Page…you can subscribe for free and get the MM’s sent to your email address). Barbara and I are excited about our transition from Boston to the national level with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. We hope you will come along for the adventure.

Love is a verb,

Mike O

P.S. We miss Boston after living there 15 years. Plus, Boston was home to the largest Apple store in North America…and many other Apple stores…but good news…an Apple authorized store named SimplyMac opened in Charlottesville a few years ago. I am home again with my people!

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