BPC COLLEGE MINISTRY
Bidwell College Ministry is a ministry of Bidwell Presbyterian Church. We are located in Chico, California, next to the CSUC campus. Our mission is to guide college students on the journey of discipleship to Christ. Students gather for worship and teaching at the Bidwell at One Thirty-One worship service on Sundays, strengthen their faith by studying the Bible, build relationships and vibrant community through fun activities, and live life intentionally by participating in mission and service and opportunities.
PASTOR OF COLLEGE & EMERGING ADULTS
GET TO KNOW PASTOR RAY MEDINA
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK WITH YOUNG ADULTS?
College students and young adults are full of curiosity and energy. I’ve found they long for authentic forms of community, gritty opportunities to serve, and deeper dives into matters of faith. They think outside the box and courageously challenge the status quo. I myself became a committed follower of Jesus precisely during this phase of life and it changed my whole trajectory! It’s a life phase full of wonder and opportunity!
WHY DO YOU THINK COLLEGE MINISTRY IS IMPORTANT?
People in this life stage have remarkable exposure to human diversity and schools of thought. From the standpoint of faith, there is this remarkable opportunity for God to enlarge one’s perspective in a way that leads to greater awe and wonder toward God’s diverse world. That being said, those same college years can lead some to shed their faith like an old High School Letterman Jacket. The difference between owning one’s faith and embracing wonder versus shedding one’s faith comes down to an authentic Christian community, a deeper grasp of Christian faith, and a sense of call toward some aspect of Christian ministry. These are all things the church should do and (in step with the Spirit) can do well!
COLLEGE MINISTRY CALENDAR
GET IN TOUCH
Looking for a place to connect with college students on Sunday morning? BPC hosts the 131 service in downtown Chico every Sunday morning at 10:45AM at 131 W. 1st Street. We would love to welcome you and look forward to being a part of helping you grow in your faith.
Office: 530-343-1484 (M-W)