Campus Ministry

Mission Trip to Taos

I never expected to go on a Gardner-Webb sponsored mission trip. Yet here I was, on a plane to Albuquerque, New Mexico and then hopping on a van to drive up the mountains to Taos.


I went on the trip to Taos because I wasn’t going to get to go on a mission trip with my home church to Memphis, Tennessee. I had been on the trip every year since sixth grade, so I was wanting to “fulfill my Christian duty” as I thought it were, by going on a yearly trip. I had also never been west of the Mississippi River unless you count a five minute stay in West Memphis, Arkansas.

On this trip I met some interesting people, including Benny and Edna Romero, two Taos Pueblo Indians who took a step of courage and instead of following their parents footsteps, started the First Indian Church of Taos, New Mexico.

I also met Glen Strock, pastor of the Pecos Valley Cowboy Church, a man who spent years as a wayward artist wandering around the United States until he felt God calling him to start a church for cowboys in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico.


I built relationships and made new friends with my fellow Gardner-Webb students and leaders. We worked hard together, sweating in the Western sun, putting out mulch, painting sheds, cleaning a church, and moving that stupid washing machine (Kyle Medlin, you’ll appreciate this). 

We also hosted a worship time for children at the First Indian Church. While the kids were…let’s just say crazy, we had a lot of fun playing games, singing songs, and learning bible verses. In fact, one child gave his life to Christ that night, making it all worth it!

Going into this trip, I just thought I’d be doing another mission trip because I am a minister’s kid and that’s what I’m supposed to do, but I was able to forge relationships with my peers at Gardner-Webb and grow closer to the Lord. I loved it so much, I went back a second time!

If anyone at Gardner-Webb is cautious about going on a mission trip with the school, I say go for it! You’ll make new friends, meet interesting people and you’ll grow in your walk with God.

Romans 10:13-14 says “for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

Be the ones that go out and preach, because it may take a group of college students from a school in the tiny town of Boiling Springs, North Carolina going thousands of miles across the United States or the world to tell people the good news. 


Richard Martin is a senior Broadcast Journalism Major from Gaffney, South Carolina. He is a volunteer student assistant with the Gardner-Webb football team, and is a member of Campus Ministries United

Campus Ministries

One of the benefits to attending a Christian school is that there are so many different ministry opportunities. Wherever it is that you feel called to serve, we have various outreach and ministries that give students a chance to reach out to others in the community, get involved and serve others!

Here are some of the different ministries available for you to get involved with on campus. 

Men’s and Women’s Ministry

If you want to find a great small group on campus, this is the way to do it. We have many small group leaders that will be discussing different topics and you will be able to join a group based on what you feel like you need or the ways in which you want to grow. This group can be a place of refuge and rest during a busy week of school and is definitely a great way to make new friends around campus. 

Athletics Ministry

If you are an athlete or have a heart for the athletes on this campus, this is your chance to serve them. This group goes to the teams, gives them goody bags, leads devotions for teams and is committed to serving the athletes in different ways, whether it be washing their feet or baking cookies for them, and of course, going to their sporting events and encouraging them! 

Prison Ministry

About once a month, we take a trip to a local prison to share the gospel with inmates. You will have the chance to do a devotion with them, sing some worship music, and build relationships with these people who often do not get shown very much love and grace. Transportation to the prison is always provided and you will get to go experience this with other students. 

Prayer and Encouragement

This group is one that is typically working behind the scenes to support and love students on this campus. This group meets regularly to pray for all the students on campus. Also, each month there is a “dorm of the month” and during that month we specifically commit to pray for the people living there. This group also facilitates prayer and encouragement boxes around campus and organizes prayer walks around the school. 


Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a group for students who are athletic and want to learn how to grow in the Lord and share the gospel with their teammates. This ministry is an opportunity for fellow athletes to meet and share stories and encourage each other within their sports. 

Outreach Ministry

This group plans ways in which we can minister to others off campus. This group takes students to serve in places such as churches, homes within the community and to serve with Operation Christmas child. 

Gospel Choir

If you love to sing and want to use your talents to share the gospel, this is a great way to do so. This group goes around to different churches and events to sing about the great love of the Lord and encourage others through their music. 


This is a women’s group that is based on discovering your true identity in Christ while building authentic relationships with other girls on campus. This group meets once a week, and there is always a speaker and sweet time of worship and fellowship with friends. 

Young Life

This is an off-campus ministry in which college students have the opportunity to mentor and love on middle and high school kids in the community surrounding the school while walking through life with other college students who have a passion for seeing adolescents come to know Christ. They do this through building authentic relationships with kids. This ministry also has a small group on campus for students who are interested in growing in community and their relationship with the Lord and building strong leaders on our campus. 

Student-Led Worship

We also have The Gathering, which is a student-led worship service that welcomes all students on campus. Through music, a speaker, drama, and fellowship, each person is provided the opportunity to worship with fellow students. This happens once a week and is a great opportunity to be encouraged and find community within the school. 

No matter where you feel called to serve, we have somewhere for you to get invested on this campus. When you invest in ministry, you invest in community, which is a vital part of thriving during your college experience! We hope that you will be encouraged and find your place within all the ministries our campus has to offer.

Raygan Hall: Senior. Psychology Major. Youth Discipleship Minor.