Carly Spry of Woodbury TN, is a Public Relations major and graduated in Fall 2015. She says, “When my sister first sold me on the idea of going to RFC saying that I’d find a college age Christian family, I thought she was laying it on pretty thick. However, after beginning my 2nd year at RFC, I can see she was right. My RFC family was there to comfort me when I needed it most and flood their love over me. They proved themselves over the summer when I was hospitalized for a tumor that had completely eaten away the bone of my upper arm. Before we found out that the tumor was not cancerous, and even after, they showered me with love and prayers of healing and prayers of assurance that no matter the outcome that God is greater than any illness or disease we may face.”
Allen Wilson majored in elementary education and graduated in 2017. He is originally from Smyrna, TN. Allen says, “RFC means a lot to me. It is a place that I can come to be spiritually strengthened. The people that walk in to the center day in and day out mean the world to me and without them my college years would not be as great as they are. I am thankful that God has placed excellent students and ministers in my life so that I can learn from them and become more like Christ everyday.”
Allen Wilson majored in elementary education and graduated in 2017. He is originally from Smyrna, TN. Allen saus, “RFC means a lot to me. It is a place that I can come to be spiritually strengthened. The people that walk in to the center day in and day out mean the world to me and without them my college years would not be as great as they are. I am thankful that God has placed excellent students and ministers in my life so that I can learn from them and become more like Christ everyday.”
Ali Burrows, from Monteagle, TN, majored in Communication Disorders. She graduated in May of 2016, and then hopes to attend graduate school. Her goal is to be a Speech-Language Pathologist. Ali says, “ When I came to MTSU, I only knew 3 people, and none of them were interested in getting involved in a Christian organization. Because of this, I had to break out of my shell and go to RFC by myself. RFC helped me to finally feel comfortable and confident enough in myself. This organization also really helped me to develop my relationship with God. Before I came to RFC, I would say that my faith would have almost been classified as superficial. However, because of the devotionals every Monday and just being around Christian people during the week, my relationship with God has been strengthened, and I finally understand what it means to have a personal relationship with God.”
Kenny Hoff served as a male intern for the Raiders for Christ and graduated from MTSU in August with a degree in Liberal Arts. Originally from Smyrna, he attends Antioch Church of Christ. Kenny says, “one of my goals as an intern is to work alongside fellow RFC members to reach students on campus who want to know more about Christ or are looking for something to give their life more meaning and purpose. I have had Cerebral Palsy since birth. I would especially like to reach out to the disabled students on campus, as many times they seem to be overlooked in areas of special interest groups. Being a member of the Raiders for Christ has given me the feeling of being partnered with a community of believers in Christ, on campus. The weekly devotionals, singing of praises to God, and fellowship with like-minded students is something that I look forward to every week. Local churches also reach out to us and welcome us to be a part of their congregations. We continue to grow and be nurtured while we are away from our home churches.”
Shelby and Austin Tipps
Shelby Markum, from Lascassas, TN, was a nursing major who graduated in May of 2016. Shelby says, “RFC has helped me grow spiritually and strengthened my faith through our many Bible studies and discussions. The activities offered through the organization have also been an avenue of growth and developing relationships. It has given me a close set of like-minded and Christ centered friendships. It’s where I’ve met my best friends and I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people!
KristyAnn and Zach Grimes
Zach Grimes, originally from Murfreesboro, TN, is majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology and anticipates graduating in December 2015. Zach says, “RFC has taught me a lot over the years. I have had some of my best moments in the lounge and I’ve met my best friends here. It has showed me what God’s love is through the mission trips that I’ve been on and the summer I spent at Shiloh. It’s a place that no matter what is going on in my life or on campus, I can come and be lifted up by everyone.”
Thomas Becker graduated from MTSU in December of 2004. He says, “Radiers for Christ was a huge part of my college experience. From the first week of school I was on a mission to find and be a part of a christian center. When I found Radiers for Christ, I found not only a group that would be my friends and family at MTSU but I found a place that would shape me and help me grow into who I was going to be in Christ.”
Currently Thomas works in the music industry, leading worship and traveling and playing guitar with several different recording artists. Thomas married Elizabeth in 2007 and they have two daughters, Emery and Bently.
Brianne and Austin Williams
Brianne and Austin attended MTSU and Raiders for Christ in the early 2000’s. Austin says “During our time at MTSU, RFC was a wonderful upstanding group of students who exemplified the love of Christ not only within the walls of the Christian Center but on campus…then there was us. With pranks, late nights, and lots of laughs we mostly stayed out of trouble. Between the good clean mischief and usually going to class, we also served others on the Navajo Reservation and inner city ministry, performed disaster relief, and sang our hearts out every Monday night at devo. Honestly, RFC made our college experience. Thanks to a group of people who met us where we were, we formed relationships that we hope will last a lifetime. In a time when finding ourselves was of the utmost importance, RFC provided the anchor that kept us secure through the storms- our relationship with God. Knowing we were surrounded by our Christian brothers and sisters provided a safe haven while we learned how to navigate this adventure into adulthood. We found each other and we found a true and real relationship with Christ.”
Lynn and Bob Chappin
Bob and Lynn Chappin met at RFC, were both baptized into Christ during their time here, and were married by (then campus minister) Mike Stroud. Bob says, “Building on examples and experiences from our time at the center, we continue to be active members at North Boulevard church of Christ in Murfreesboro, serving in areas from children’s ministry to helping with the Neema House orphanage in Tanzania, Africa.” Lynn currently works as a Human Resources Director, and Bob works as a Landscape Designer, also serving on the Board of Directors for Raiders For Christ. They have two children, Sam (10) and Kate (8). “RFC provided us a place for iron to sharpen iron and expand our vision of what God is able to do, and it continues to do so for many more” says Bob.
Becky and Tom Avaritt
Tom and Becky Avaritt both attended MTSU in the 1970s. They met at the Christian Student Center. married, and continued to stay connected with RFC. Tom and Becky also met many friends there that have become lifelong friends. Their children, Daniel and Lesly, both attended MTSU and were involved with the RFC.
During their time at RFC, Becky lived in two of the on campus houses (the Doll house and the Stucco house) and was “Social Chairman” for awhile. She would cook for the student center (up to 200 people at a time). Students would all gather together and eat as a group. During this time, Mrs. Wiser oversaw most of these activities.
Tom and Becky have continued to be very active with the Campus Ministry, supporting it in many ways. Currently Tom is a member of the Board.
Darlene and Sam Baker
Sam and Darlene Baker met on an RFC retreat in the early days of the Campus Ministry. They were the first to be married at the Christian Center after it opened in 1968. Sam and Darlene have two children, James (also an alum of RFC) and Rachel. Sam and Darlene have been actively involved in many ways, including Darlene being the secretary for 12 years. Both Sam and Darlene have served on the board. Darlene said, “One of the greatest benefits I’ve received from being involved at RFC has been learning to openly discuss my beliefs and figure out for myself exactly what they’re based on. I will be forever grateful for God’s grace and guidance in allowing me to be a part of the work of RFC.”