God planted seeds of our work while we were in college.
Both Dy and John were involved as student leaders in InterVarsity chapters during our undergraduate years. More recently, each of the kids have been, too.
We grew up around Christian churches. John came to Rose-Hulman looking for fellowship and growth. Missional upperclassmen offered opportunities to learn and serve. Over six feet tall, John rounded out personally and flourished spiritually in the challenging environment of engineering studies.
Long conversations with parents and friends led up to graduation in 1983. John joined InterVarsity staff for an initial three-year stint. As the first resident staff at the University of Evansville, he grew from deep partnerships with students and faculty in God’s mission on campus. He had no clue how those experiences would combine with his technical training to sustain decades of service to the movement.
Dy’s first inkling of Jesus’ present reality came during a prayer meeting at Bradley University. As the Lord took the lead in her life, InterVarsity staff and alumni developed her passion and leadership through training and ministry experiences.
Ahead of her senior year as chapter president, Dy invested a month of summer 1985 in preparation at Cedar Campus’ leadership training institute. In a small group John led daily began our conversations and friendship.