VSU Discipleship House consecrated
By Kelly Roberson, Director of Communications
Just four years ago the Lord gave Rev. C.J. Harp, VSU Wesley Foundation Executive Director and Campus Minister, a vision to build a house for students on the current Wesley Foundation property. This God-sized vision has now become a reality.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, just six months after the groundbreaking ceremony, a service was held to consecrate the Valdosta State University Wesley Foundation Discipleship House.
Centrally located on the Valdosta State University campus, the VSU Discipleship House was built behind the historic home the Wesley Foundation currently uses as a base of operations. It sits on Patterson Street, directly across from the university’s main administrative building.
“This is a physical symbol of the greatness of this ministry, a place where people can find Christ in the midst of education,” said Rev. Michael McCord, Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education.
The house contains four rooms dedicated to discipleship, a large community room with a full kitchen, and four three-bedroom apartments.
“Look at what the Lord has done,” Rev. Harp said. “The Lord has raised a Discipleship House for the purpose of coming to know Jesus and walk like Jesus.”
The goal of the Discipleship House is to create an environment where the students’ focus, after their studies, is on creating a culture of discipleship.
12 VSU students who are dedicated to living a life of discipleship have moved into, or will be moving into, the new discipleship house to advance the Kingdom of God and be witnesses for Christ on campus. They will pay rent comparable to other area apartment complexes.
Rev. Harp thanked all of those who believed in the vision and have helped see this project to fruition.
“The Lord has brought this to completion but so many people have walked alongside this journey: contractors; Rev. V.L. Daughtery, Jr.; Park Avenue UMC; Valdosta First UMC; the Commission on Higher Education; Board members; district churches; the District Superintendent; and a Bishop who has championed discipleship.
“We are all just passing through this space,” he said. “Over the decades there will be people who come through here and leave this space more like Jesus.”
In the closing prayer, Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, gave thanks to God for bringing this to reality and for visionary leadership.
“Thank you for the way your Holy Spirit has lifted us up above the mountains and the barriers to look over and see the possibilities that this kind of place and this kind of ministry could be expanded,” he said. “We pray that your Holy Spirit will continue to cover this place, and may this be holy ground for those who enter it and those who exit, that they may know they have been in the center of your holy will.”