One way or another there comes a time in a person’s life when they encounter the radical love of God. Like many others this happened for us in college and it dramatically altered the purpose and direction of our lives. Now we’re here at Bellevue College to pay it forward by sharing Jesus’ radical love the same way that it was shared with us: by reaching students through one-to-one discipleship, community worship and Christ-like servant leadership. On a broader scale Chi Alpha is the Assemblies of God international movement to bring the Gospel to college students where they live, work and study. Our official mission statement is as follows:

”Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world.”

No matter how you say it, it all comes down to living our lives the way that Jesus did. Want to know what we’re about? We’re about that life. Come and see for yourself! We invite any and all people, no matter where you are with Jesus or where you’ve been, to experience the fullness of life that he gives freely to everyone who seeks it.

Short answer: we love college students! Being young university grads ourselves we know what students face; the social pressures, romance and heart-breaks, anxiety, depression, and loneliness, but also wonderful life-changing experiences as well, all in such a short period of time. What breaks our heart is not what they experience in college, but what they miss.

This is also a critically important time to be reaching college students…

Look at it this way, Jesus called us to be “fishers of men” right? In considering where to cast our net the college campus stood out to us as particularly important among the other mission fields. In terms of changing the world we have to start where the conditions are right. College students are the most passionate, influential and socially engaged and active generation among us and have been for a long time. At the same time college students are open to new ideas, looking for their own purpose in life and seeking to make meaningful connections that will last. It’s like an estuary of change where all the fish are preparing to enter the great big ocean of life. If we want to change the ocean, we must reach them in the river. If we want to change the world we have to reach the people who will have the passion and the power to do it; the developing businessmen and women, psychologists, entrepreneurs, C.E.Os and doctors whose decisions will have the power to change the currents of our world. It’s as simple as that.

We know that it can be a bit scary to jump into a new community where you don’t know anyone or know what to expect when you get there. So to ease those nerves a little bit, let us give you a taste of what we are about and what you can expect when coming to Chi Alpha.

Tuesday Fellowship

Join the whole community every Tuesday from 2-3:30 for a game, worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship. We also hang out as a community beforehand starting at 12:30 if you have a break between class and are looking for something to do.

You will be welcomed into our group of about 30-40 by a student or staff person as we mingle before the meeting begins. Expect a high energy environment- maybe a bit of the normal awkwardness of meeting new people- and then the structure of a planned meeting that tends to follow the game, worship, announcements, sermon, worship format. Our community tends to be more charismatic than traditional- but you won’t be forced to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. We recognize that there are people in our community that come from all different kinds of backgrounds- from Catholic to atheist; and we love that!

Cores

Core groups are a Bible study, prayer group, discussion, hang out all mixed into one. We meet in smaller groups of guys or gals for an hour a week to intentional seek Jesus together. This is a great way to really get to know other students in the community in a personal way. We have multiple groups through out the week, just pick one and get plugged in!

These groups are of course smaller and more intimate. They usually take place in a lounge on campus for a relaxed and open atmosphere. We’ll start by introducing ourselves and doing some kind of activity, then we move into studying the Bible together or some theology topic, and we close in prayer. Everyone is welcome to join and by coming once you are not committing to being a member of the core- we understand that you might just want to start by checking it out.

One on Ones

We really value making sure you are cared for and challenged in your faith, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than sitting down for coffee with you once a week. Meet with either a staff member or student leader personally each week to grow in faith together, share challenges and victories, pray together, and just be in relationship with a fellow believer.

These times are very individualized for the people taking part in them. It is a great place to ask questions, be honest, and get to know each other more than you would in Tuesday Fellowship or Core. It is not a requirement for everyone in the community, but it is something that is designed to help you grow in your faith, so why not take advantage of the opportunity?

Outreach

We have many different ways we like to share our faith with students on campus- some of those being Coffee Talk (Mondays noon-3 in L building lounge), Tabeling on campus (once a week in Fall), personal relationships, and starting conversations with strangers about Christ. An important part of being a Christian is sharing our faith with others, and so we want to provide you with copious opportunities to do that!

Retreats and Hang outs

Not only do we see each other and hang out on campus, but we are also friends off campus as well! We go to retreats together every fall and winter, we have game nights, movie nights, worship nights and more, and we just hang out with each other! Check our ‘Events’ page for our upcoming events.

Impact Trip

Every Spring Break we travel somewhere for a week long missions trip together. Last year it was to Dallas, Texas to do outreach on college campuses, and the year before we did the same thing on campuses in California. Where will we go this year? Stay tuned!

Overall, we aim to be inviting, diverse and welcoming in Chi Alpha. Our hope is that you can step into our community and feel at home right away- but we also know that those feelings of comfort and familiarity can take time to develop, so if they aren’t there right away, don’t give up! Community worth having takes time and intentionality. We are so willing to put in the work so that you can find your home in our community, and we hope that you are too.

We’re About That Life

One way or another there comes a time in a person’s life when they encounter the radical love of God. Like many others this happened for us in college and it dramatically altered the purpose and direction of our lives. Now we’re here at Bellevue College to pay it forward by sharing Jesus’ radical love the same way that it was shared with us: by reaching students through one-to-one discipleship, community worship and Christ-like servant leadership. On a broader scale Chi Alpha is the Assemblies of God international movement to bring the Gospel to college students where they live, work and study. Our official mission statement is as follows:

”Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world.”

No matter how you say it, it all comes down to living our lives the way that Jesus did. Want to know what we’re about? We’re about that life. Come and see for yourself! We invite any and all people, no matter where you are with Jesus or where you’ve been, to experience the fullness of life that he gives freely to everyone who seeks it.

Why College?

Short answer: we love college students! Being young university grads ourselves we know what students face; the social pressures, romance and heart-breaks, anxiety, depression, and loneliness, but also wonderful life-changing experiences as well, all in such a short period of time. What breaks our heart is not what they experience in college, but what they miss.

This is also a critically important time to be reaching college students…

Look at it this way, Jesus called us to be “fishers of men” right? In considering where to cast our net the college campus stood out to us as particularly important among the other mission fields. In terms of changing the world we have to start where the conditions are right. College students are the most passionate, influential and socially engaged and active generation among us and have been for a long time. At the same time college students are open to new ideas, looking for their own purpose in life and seeking to make meaningful connections that will last. It’s like an estuary of change where all the fish are preparing to enter the great big ocean of life. If we want to change the ocean, we must reach them in the river. If we want to change the world we have to reach the people who will have the passion and the power to do it; the developing businessmen and women, psychologists, entrepreneurs, C.E.Os and doctors whose decisions will have the power to change the currents of our world. It’s as simple as that.

What to Expect

We know that it can be a bit scary to jump into a new community where you don’t know anyone or know what to expect when you get there. So to ease those nerves a little bit, let us give you a taste of what we are about and what you can expect when coming to Chi Alpha.

Tuesday Fellowship

Join the whole community every Tuesday from 2-3:30 for a game, worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship. We also hang out as a community beforehand starting at 12:30 if you have a break between class and are looking for something to do.

You will be welcomed into our group of about 30-40 by a student or staff person as we mingle before the meeting begins. Expect a high energy environment- maybe a bit of the normal awkwardness of meeting new people- and then the structure of a planned meeting that tends to follow the game, worship, announcements, sermon, worship format. Our community tends to be more charismatic than traditional- but you won’t be forced to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. We recognize that there are people in our community that come from all different kinds of backgrounds- from Catholic to atheist; and we love that!

Cores

Core groups are a Bible study, prayer group, discussion, hang out all mixed into one. We meet in smaller groups of guys or gals for an hour a week to intentional seek Jesus together. This is a great way to really get to know other students in the community in a personal way. We have multiple groups through out the week, just pick one and get plugged in!

These groups are of course smaller and more intimate. They usually take place in a lounge on campus for a relaxed and open atmosphere. We’ll start by introducing ourselves and doing some kind of activity, then we move into studying the Bible together or some theology topic, and we close in prayer. Everyone is welcome to join and by coming once you are not committing to being a member of the core- we understand that you might just want to start by checking it out.

One on Ones

We really value making sure you are cared for and challenged in your faith, and we can’t think of a better way to do that than sitting down for coffee with you once a week. Meet with either a staff member or student leader personally each week to grow in faith together, share challenges and victories, pray together, and just be in relationship with a fellow believer.

These times are very individualized for the people taking part in them. It is a great place to ask questions, be honest, and get to know each other more than you would in Tuesday Fellowship or Core. It is not a requirement for everyone in the community, but it is something that is designed to help you grow in your faith, so why not take advantage of the opportunity?

Outreach

We have many different ways we like to share our faith with students on campus- some of those being Coffee Talk (Mondays noon-3 in L building lounge), Tabeling on campus (once a week in Fall), personal relationships, and starting conversations with strangers about Christ. An important part of being a Christian is sharing our faith with others, and so we want to provide you with copious opportunities to do that!

Retreats and Hang outs

Not only do we see each other and hang out on campus, but we are also friends off campus as well! We go to retreats together every fall and winter, we have game nights, movie nights, worship nights and more, and we just hang out with each other! Check our ‘Events’ page for our upcoming events.

Impact Trip

Every Spring Break we travel somewhere for a week long missions trip together. Last year it was to Dallas, Texas to do outreach on college campuses, and the year before we did the same thing on campuses in California. Where will we go this year? Stay tuned!

Overall, we aim to be inviting, diverse and welcoming in Chi Alpha. Our hope is that you can step into our community and feel at home right away- but we also know that those feelings of comfort and familiarity can take time to develop, so if they aren’t there right away, don’t give up! Community worth having takes time and intentionality. We are so willing to put in the work so that you can find your home in our community, and we hope that you are too.

Our Team

Each of our lives were significantly impacted during our time in college. Now we have teamed up to reach, train, and disciple the students at Bellevue College.

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Ben Bothwell

Director

Bachelor of Science: Physics, Western Washington University 2013
CMIT Graduate: University Christian Ministries, WWU, 2014

I grew up right here in the Pacific Northwest, so of course I love things like hiking, backpacking, and camping. But, one of my favorite things is Ultimate Frisbee! I love playing it for fun, competitively, or just tossing a disc around with a friend. My best friend in the world is my wife Elisabeth, we’ve been married since December 21st 2013.

I grew in my faith tremendously during my time in college because of others who took the time to patiently mentor and disciple me. Now I’m passionate about doing the same for others! If you’re intrigued by Jesus’ offer of a new, full life, or if you’re already following Him but want someone to walk alongside you in the journey, just let me know! (Or if you just want someone to throw a Frisbee around with, I’m game for that, too!


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JACK MOORE

Campus Pastor

Bachelor of Arts: Communication, Western Washington University
CMIT graduate, University Christian Ministries

Hunting, swimming, fishing, hiking, climbing… I’m a real outdoors guy. I crave adventure, and while studying my undergrad at WWU I was surprised to discover the most amazing and unlikely adventure of all: a relationship with Jesus. I was hooked! My first real steps as a Christian were uneasy, and some of the hardest times of my life followed shortly after, but compared to the things that used to keep me going Jesus was like high octane fuel. I have been burning hot and bright ever since. If you’re in Bellevue, let’s hang out and explore the adventure of faith together!


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Lindsay Lake

Campus Pastor

Bachelor of Arts: Human Services, Western Washington University, 2014
CMIT Graduate: University Christian Ministries, WWU, 2015 & 2016

I am a kid at heart who loves to laugh and play. Balloons, blowing bubbles, anything Disney related, and pictures of cute animals will make me smile on cue. I have moved a lot during my life and at this point can tell you that Washington is the best out there. You really cannot beat how beautiful it is and all of the good coffee.

I didn’t get to learn about Jesus’ love and desire to have a personal relationship with me until my freshman year of college. If you are in that boat, I get how weird and confusing all of this can be! And I can tell you that it actually is half the fun of following Jesus. He continues to reveal Himself to you in new ways the more you walk with Him. Following Him really is an adventure! Let me know if you want to learn more about this adventure or just have someone to ask all your questions to. I don’t have all the answers but I would love to learn with you!