OCF Regional Campus Ministry Conference
PHOENIX, AZ --- Representatives from the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America took part in a campus ministry conference hosted by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at the Courtyard Marriott in Tempe, Arizona from February 4-6, 2010.
The purpose of the conference was to implement a regional chaplaincy network that would support the building up of existing Orthodox Christian Fellowship chapters and the establishment of new chapters throughout the various regions of North America. The conference was led by OCF Executive Director, Fr. Kevin Scherer and Fr. James Coles, the North American Regional Chaplain. In attendance also were members of the OCF Student Advisory Board from throughout North America.
The conference, although short in duration, marked an important step forward in strengthening and growing Orthodox Christian campus ministry in North America. Plans were set in motion for implementing improved communication and enhanced resources to local OCF chapters and parish youth ministry programs designed to prepare High School Students for the transition to College.
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). Its mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. The OCF headquarters is located in Indianapolis, IN and supports 270 local university chapter across the U.S. and Canada.