Student group joins forces with Willamette University

Monday, January 13, 2014

For years, Corban’s S.A.L.T. student ministry has reached out to Salem’s homeless to meet their needs and help spread the gospel.

In 2014, S.A.L.T. members will work together with two Willamette University Christian ministries to encourage one another and help share the love of Jesus Christ. S.A.L.T. president Tyler Shockley said Corban Provost Matt Lucas’ discussions about “popping the Corban bubble” have encouraged him to look for opportunities with ministries off campus.

“The goal for S.A.L.T. has always been to be bold and to dream big,” Shockley said. “This is a great opportunity for us and for Christians at Willamette.”

Discussions about the combined ministries started when Shockley was putting out the trash. As he deleted old emails from S.A.L.T.’s inbox, he noticed inquiries from Willamette that were more than two years old. Not knowing who was leading those groups now, he made his own inquiries by email and new friendships were forged.

Shockley said there will be weekly Bible studies and possible worship nights which could include Corban students and musicians. Formal outreaches to Willamette students and Salem’s homeless are also being discussed. Whatever happens, Shockley said he is looking forward to seeing God work on hearts wherever they may be.

“It’s vital to show the work of Jesus Christ isn’t just being poured out at Christian Universities,” he said. “It’s happening all around us.”

  • Tyler Shockley serves as president of S.A.L.T., a student-led ministry reaching into the Salem community.

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