Intervarsity winter conference

Taylor Robertson

Staff writer

The weekend of February 10-12, 32 students from InterVarsity, a non-denominational Christian organization on campus, attended the 2012 Winter Conference.  The conference was held at Rockbridge Alum Springs, a Young Life camp, in Goshen, Virginia.  There were 412 students from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Washington and Lee University, Longwood University, Lynchburg College, and Roanoke College who participated in the weekend.  The goal of the conference was to allow students from all over Virginia to leave their campuses, to grow closer as a Christian community, and to God.  The conference also placed particular emphasis on students becoming world changers and creating intentional change in their communities.

Lizzie Keegan, the staff director for InterVarsity at RC, stated that the weekend was a “successful trip for IV because it brought us closer together as a community and challenged people to grow in a lot of ways.”  Keegan also served as the Emcee for the weekend and entertained students from all over Virginia with her engaging stories.

The experience was separated into sessions in which a worship band called Brightwork, stationed in Charlottesville, played praise songs.  April Rust ’15 said, “From a musical standpoint, the band was talented and dynamic; I especially enjoyed the bass.  They really had a gift for ushering us into the presence of God.”  A guest speaker, James Choung, who is director for InterVarsity Asian American Ministries, spoke about the challenges Christians today face and how to handle those challenges.  “The speaker was very down to earth and humanistic,” Andy Phillips stated.  Among the sessions and lectures, students also had free time to socialize with those around them from other areas.  Rockbridge had a snack bar and game room available to encourage interschool interaction.  On Saturday evening, RC students could be seen in the game room playing pool with students from Virginia Tech and James Madison University.

The students within InterVarsity consider the weekend a great success.  Adwoa Asante ’14 added, “It changed my life.”  With all the success from the Winter Conference, it’s no surprise InterVarsity is already preparing for the Summer Conference.  The Summer Conference will take place from May 6-11 and will once again be at Rockbridge Alum Springs.  This conference, however, will include students from schools in Virginia as well as North and South Carolina.  Sarah Palmer ’15 exclaimed, “I am so excited for Summer Rockbridge!  I can’t wait to sign up.”

For more information about InterVarsity please contact Lizzie Keegan at keegan@roanoke.edu or attend their weekly meeting on Thursday evening at 8:00 in Pickle.