University of Mobile ‘For the Church and City’ Event Introduces Students to Local Opportunities to Serve

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MOBILE, Ala. – Students at University of Mobile met representatives from local churches and ministries at “For the Church and City,” an expo event on campus aimed at getting students connected quickly with local churches as fall semester began.

Churches ranging in size from small church plants to established mega-churches hoped to give students a place to plug in and serve while at college.

Director of University Ministries Chase Alford shared the purpose behind helping students build a strong connection with a local church, in addition to participating in university ministries events.

“I realize that university ministries has an expiration date (when students graduate and leave campus). But the local church doesn’t. My hope is to connect students to ministries within the city so that they can grow spiritually while at college,” Alford said.

About 150 church leaders and volunteers met and mingled with students on the Christian college’s campus. They represented 25 churches and 8 ministries throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties, and gave students a wide variety of ministries to engage with.

Representatives Ariel Fleming and Susan Scott of Habitat for Humanity shared information with students that each home the organization builds for low income families requires 2,000 hours of labor.

“We’re always needing volunteers,” Scott said.


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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