Campus Outreach (CO) began in 1979 in Birmingham, AL at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Briarwood’s leadership desired to establish and maintain a Christian influence on the college age students in their church, in their denomination, and at the campuses in their region. CO’s first full time staff person was a recent graduate of Samford University.
The ministry enjoyed a fruitful beginning, and within a couple of years began to expand to new campuses in different cities in the Alabama region. Strong connections in each community and good relationships with local churches and campus administrations provided fertile ground for continued growth. By 1988, CO had expanded to 9 campuses with full time staff around the state of Alabama and into Georgia.
In 1989 the ministry continued to expand into the Georgia region through the leadership of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA. During that same year some opportunities to expand into cross cultural environments became a reality. Campus Outreach staff moved to Bangkok, Thailand and began ministering to Thai college and university students. By God’s blessing the ministry continued to grow in measurable and immeasurable arenas. In 1992 the ministry expanded into Southern Florida, focusing primarily on Latin American students in the same fashion as when the ministry began. From that time through 2006, CO expanded in connection with other churches into South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Central Asia, Brazil, South Africa, Minnesota and Virginia.
Today, CO ministries are ongoing in 15 states in the US and in 5 countries abroad. Each of these ministries is based out of the Regional churches listed below. These churches provide each regional CO ministry with supervision and a substantial percentage of the resources necessary for their effective existence.