Michigan Conference Public Campus Ministries exists to prepare public campuses for the imminent return of Christ. It accomplishes this through a Bible-based revival movement in which every student is a missionary.
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists estimates that more than 80% of our Adventist young people are attending non-Adventist colleges and universities. By the time these students graduate these instutitions of higher learning, only 50% will remain Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
Michigan is the only conference in the North American Division that has a Public Campus Ministry Department. It was launched in 1998 and has grown to be one of the most respected resources of Adventist Public Campus Ministry in the Adventist Church today.
The Public Campus Ministry Department builds and oversees the work of public campus ministry in several ways:
1. Providing a support system for Adventist students studying on non-Adventist universities
- Helping the students address and navigate Sabbath observance and other issues
- Building their faith through credible Bible studies and resources that defend the Adventist faith in Scripture
- Providing pastoral care and mentorship as students experience the academic and social college life
2. Establishing University Churches (or uchurches)
- Churches that see as reaching the public campus as one of their primary ministry responsibilities
- Churches that integrate public campus ministry into the ministry of the local church
3. Partnering with pastors on or near university towns in Michigan
- Providing training and resources to assist them in their ministry on campus and to public university students
- Establishing a Fellowship of Adventist Public Campus Ministers
- Partnering with them in evangelism and soul-winning on public campuses in Michigan
Israel Ramos serves as the Director of Public Campus Ministries Department for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Director of the Center for Adventist Ministry to Public University Students (CAMPUS). He has more than 15 years in ministry to public university students as a missionary, pastor, religious counselor, and administrator. In 2002 he co-founded and served as the president of GYC -- a grassroots movement among Adventist young people around the world. He lives near East Lansing, Michigan and enjoys triathlon, cooking, and organic farming. He and his wife Judy are the proud parents of three young boys: Imanuel, Micah, and Titus.
Andy Im serves as the Associate Director for the Department of Public Campus Ministries in the Michigan Conference. He previously ministered as the co-chair of the Religion Department at Weimar College, and also as a pastor in New Jersey and Michigan for a number of years. Andy holds a degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Master in Religion degree from Southern Adventist University. He lives in Grand Ledge, MI, and his interests include cooking, traveling, theology, working with college students and young professionals, and spending time with his wife Laura.