From College Campus to Church Planters

Brian Frye, collegiate ministries missionary

Seventeen years ago, Brian and Heidi Frye were married, after meeting in college through the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Oklahoma State University. After earning their degrees from Oklahoma State, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Heidi earned a Masters of Art in Christian Education (Women’s Ministry Focus), and Brian earned a M.Div. in Theology and Ph.D. in Evangelism and Church Growth.

In December 2006, Brian and Heidi, with their 3 sons, moved to Toledo, Ohio, to start collegiate ministries at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. Two years later, they moved to Delaware, Ohio, where they still reside and are actively engaged in Lifepoint Church. “Our family’s favorite verse, and core verse, is Colossians 3:2, ‘Set your minds on things above and not on earthly things.’ As a family, we seek to live in such a way that we live, love and show the gospel in order that we can see others come to know Christ and spend eternity with Him,” shares Brian.

Brian and Heidi have a variety of responsibilities. They disciple and mentor young married couples who are committed to doing ministry and planting churches. They love helping to develop those who are lost into strong followers of Christ. The Fryes are committed to developing and mentoring their own children, as well. The boys serve in local ministry projects and enjoy spending time with church planter families when their father visits and preaches at collegiate churches around Ohio.

The Fryes want others to understand that sharing the gospel with people in college is not always comfortable. “It can be hard, and sometimes people reject you, and God, when you talk to them about Jesus”, says Brian. But, despite the challenges, they courageously share the gospel with the students they come in contact with.

Brian shares, “When we take courage in the call of Jesus to make disciples and believe in God’s power to overcome sin and evil, our faith in the Father grows, people come to Jesus, and lives wrecked by the devil are made new again.” The Frye’s share the gospel with people as they come into their home, randomly on campus, at small group and life group, via retreats or mission trips, and weekly as the church gathers for worship.

As the family of 5 shares the gospel in their daily life, we are called to do the same. Their family can encourage all of us to share the gospel, and even talk about the gospel, with people around us–whether they are lost, new believers, or have been walking with Christ for quite some time. Brian says, “Whatever we are passionate about, whatever we are gifted at, whatever influence we have, and whatever resources we have been given should all be leveraged to impact people with the gospel now and for eternity.”

Please join us in praying for the Frye family, that every freshman college student would have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel, and that God would begin a collegiate church planting movement on the campuses of North America that would spread to college campuses around the globe.

Let us be reminded of Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (NIV1).”

How can the Lord use you and your church to minister to college students in the name of Christ?


1Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.TM Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

By Tessa Harvill, Preschool Resource Intern

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