How We Got Here

1953

First Chi Alpha group starts on the Campus of Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University) by J. Calvin Holsinger

1964

First Chi Alpha house opens at the University of California-Berkeley

1972

First regional SALT (Student Activist Leadership Training) held in Waxahachie, Texas

1976

First Institute of Campus Ministry now Reach the University Institutue (RUI)  

1977

  • The "San Antonio Seven" - Dave Gable, Dennis Gaylor, Herschel Rosser, Harv Herman Jr., Dave Argue, Jim Hall and Brady Bobbink - meet to develop the 4-fold philosophy of Chi Alpha: Being a community of worship, fellowship, discipleship and witness Acts 2:24-47
  • First campus ministry internship at Western Washington University with Greg Smith, now Campus Missionary in Training (CMIT)

1978

Dennis Gaylor is appointed as National Chi Alpha Director

1981

International Student Ministry launched now XA internationals (XAi) 

1986

Assemblies of God Executive Presbytery moves Chi Alpha from National Youth Department to become a department in AG US Missions

1992

Forged first Chi Alpha national staff team in Springfield, Missouri

1993

  • First Christian International Student Conference, now All Nations Student Conference
  • Adding "prayer" to the four fold philosophy and introduced a new vision statement-"reconciling students to Christ to transform the university, the marketplace and the world."
  • First Student Institute of Campus Ministry (SICM) at Western Washington University

2000

World Salt Conference in Los Angeles, California

2005

  • The first World Missions Summit in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Launched Discover the Nations Conference 

2006

Launched Chi Alpha 2010 a five year strategic plan focused on redefining Chi Alpha’s core values, vision and mission, as well as, pioneering new groups, increasing missionary support, energizing spiritual empowerment, & adding fulltime Area and District Directors

2008

The World Missions Summit 2

2010

  • Campus Missions Conference - records largest Chi Alpha staff attendance ever
  • Launched Chi Alpha 2015 a five year strategic plan focused on Branding, Diversity, Post College Network, Resources, Systems, and Post High School Transitions

2013 

National Director, Dennis Gaylor, resigns April 12, 2013 after serving in the national office almost 35 years

2014

  • Chi Alpha officially announces E. Scott Martin as the 7th National Director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A.
  • Chi Alpha organized on 312 campuses led by more than 771 campus ministry staff and involves 28,000 students


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