Sam and Katie Orr
Sam Ι Campus Director
Born: Huntersville, NC
Degree: B.A. Political Science and Russian
Collegiate Societies: Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; Carolina Gentlemen a cappella
Interests: Politics; Hunting & Fishing
Favorite Book: Prodigal God, Timothy Keller
For most of my life, I have been very conscious of God, and that He offers mankind salvation through His Son, Jesus. I grew up in a Christian household and attended church weekly. I was baptized at the young age of six. Despite this early confession, my life outside of church did not look much like Christ’s. And so later, at the age of 14, convicted of sin, I returned to God, committed to being the best me I could be. Throughout high school, I lived a very moral life, and found peace in my good works. My peace though, was always on the verge of escaping me. I had to make sure I kept up my good works – I had to make sure I was being good enough for God – and only then could I be assured that God loved me. This slavery to perfection blew up in my face when I got to college. I was perpetually anxious and could never be sure that I was good enough. I realized then that my understanding of how to relate to God was far from accurate. That was when the Gospel began to change my life, and it may have been then that I came to truly know Christ. It started to become clear to me that I was not perfect – and I would never be! Despite my imperfection, I could know the love and security of God, my Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus, who bore all my sin and its punishment on the cross and gave to me His own perfection.
Katie Ι Women’s Coordinator
Born: Myrtle Beach, SC
Birthday: December 27
Degree: B.A. Business Administration from the University of South Carolina
Collegiate Societies: Phi Mu, Greek Programming Board, Recruitment Counselor
Interests: singing, laughing, and having engaging conversations with all different kinds of people!
Book: Redeeming Love
Testimony: I grew up in the church my entire life, and was never really bothered by it nor excited about it. By the end of high school, I didn’t see my need for a personal relationship with God, so I found value in my talents and the way others viewed me. Coming to USC, I joined Phi Mu (my sorority) and was surrounded by a group of women who loved Christ. I saw a joy in them that I did not have, and was intrigued by it! After a period of time where God was pursuing me as I ran away from Him, He led me to truly understand the Gospel. I saw that I am far more sinful than I had ever realized, but that Christ loves me so much more than I had ever believed. He loved me so much he would live for me, die for me, and be raised that I might become a child of God. Since October of my freshman year, the Lord has carried me along the way in learning how to know him deeply and help others do the same. Campus Outreach played a huge part in helping me grow in learning how to walk with God day by day, and how to share my faith with those who don’t know Him. Today, I am on staff at my very alma mater, excited to continue to share the love of Christ with USC’s campus.
Anna Wyman Ι Campus Staff
Born: Royal Oak, Michigan
Birthday: October 31
Degree: B.A. Public Relations from the University of South Carolina
Collegiate Societies: South Carolina Honors College, The Gamecock Pantry
Interests: Reading, drinking coffee, being outside, watching sunrises
Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings series, The Pilgrim’s Progress
Testimony: I grew up in a Christian home; my parents love Jesus, and as far back as I can remember, would talk to my sister and I about the gospel and what it meant to be a Christian. Even though they made the gospel so clear to us, I was very focused on my works and tried hard to fit into the mold of what I thought a Christian should look like. Before my freshman year started, I found out about Campus Outreach from a friend. The first couple weeks were kind of lonely, so I decided to send an email and see if I could go to a meeting or something. I ended up meeting with a staff member that week for lunch, and she shared the gospel immediately. Even though I’d heard the gospel so many times before, for the first time it clicked that knowing Christ was not about doing enough good things to earn some sort of status, but that Christ had paid the entire price of my sins when he died on the cross. Because of what he did, and not because of my works, I could have a relationship with him that would last forever. I contemplated this throughout the semester, and then in December attended a New Year’s conference where I realized for the first time that I had a testimony to share and could articulate how Christ had worked in my life. I also went to a seminar that discussed how if we are in Christ, we are new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). This was just such an amazing realization, and it made me want to tell others about Jesus and his amazing love.