CSF stands for Christian Student Fellowship. We are a campus ministry that is a part of the Christian Student Foundation of Pennsylvania (CSFPA). We are one of six campus ministries in the state of Pennsylvania with CSFPA.
Our Mission: To be an inclusive community that strives to educate and provide growth for students in order to create and cultivate disciples.
We aim to meet students where they are, introducing them to the King, Jesus the Christ, leading them to, in and through their relationship with Him, working together to find the vision for their life that God has for them, equipping them to achieve that vision, and sending them out, all while growing the local community of believers.
Our Vision: A Kingdom bringing, unique community. This ministry aims to produce a community of disciples of Jesus the Christ who will have a strong foundation and understanding of who Christ is and the ministry that He has called us to participate with him in.
When and Where We Meet:
We meet every week for CSF on Mondays at 8:00 pm in the Chapel on Penn State Altoona's Campus (We will be there the hour before hanging out and paying games). This year we are doing a Bible Study surrounding the idea of Christian Intentionality, and the practical application that is shown to us in the Bible.
Churches to Get Connected to:
We are partnered with the First Church of Christ (across the street from campus). Services are Sunday's at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:15 am.
Many of our students also go to other churches in the area such as: Grace Bible Church: Services: Sunday's 8:30 am and 10:45 am Element Church: Services: Saturdays at 6:00 pm and Sunday's at 9:00 and 11:00 am. The Vineyard Church: Altoona Sunday's 10:30 am Wehnwood Methodist: Services at 8am and 9:15am First Baptist Church: Services at 10:30 and 11:30am Ivyside Catholic Mass: Sunday's at 7pm in the Chapel on campus.
Meet Mike and Rachael!
Mike Andrews is a graduate from Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Bible and Ministry. During his undergrad his studies focused on Youth and Family Ministry thinking that he was going to be working in youth ministry. After he graduated he went straight into a graduate program at KCU working for a degree in Christian Leadership emphasizing in Theology. It was during his first semester of grad school that he met with an old man from Penn State and learned about campus ministry. From there he has felt the call to work with college students and spent the next year in Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh. It was while at Pitt that he developed a heart for campus ministry and college students. After his internship there he was hired on as the CSF campus minister at PSU Altoona.
Mike is originally from Columbus, OH, and yes he is an Ohio State fan (though he'll be kind and root for Penn State whenever they're not playing Ohio State). He's a huge Star Wars nerd, Green Lantern fan, and loves movies and TV shows. He loves the outdoors, mountains, and woods, though most times you can find him inside. He will either have his nose in a book (either for work, school, or pleasure), be watching a TV show or movie, playing video games.
In September 2016 Mike married his best friend Rachael. Rachael is from Findlay, OH and they met at KCU, (her freshmen year his senior). When they first met he thought she was a transfer student because of her maturity, but soon found out she was about to turn 18. After a few years of dating long distance they decided to go ahead and get married, forgoing a traditional engagement and to get married soon after Rachael graduated. She received a bachelor degree in Social work and also has since gotten her Master's in the same field. While Rachael has not been called to vocational ministry she does actively participate in the ministry of CSF at Altoona. Mike and Rachael have many pet: four cats Raven, Storm, Chicago, and Salem. a corgi named Happy and a cow (shepherd, husky, malamute mutt) named Osric, three turtles, and two bearded dragons. Mike and Rachael, in September of 2018, welcomed their twin girls Olenna Jayne and Vesper Constance!
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