An overview by Gary Hawes of His House Christian Fellowship’s beginnings and history.

History of His House


Dr. Gary Hawes

Executive Director



During the 1960's, Michigan State University students desired a ministry specifically aimed at their needs.  These students called the local church's attention to the many needs and opportunities on campus.

As a result, a steering committee composed of leaders from various Churches of Christ and Christian Churches throughout Michigan formed Michigan Christian Campus Ministries, in September, 1969.  Gary Hawes was called to be the first full time campus minister on a Michigan campus.  A board of directors was elected to guide this new ministry. After Gary led the MSU campus ministry for ten years, John Sowash took over, followed by Dean Trune and currently Brad Hawes.

The First Decade

After the third year of establishing a successful ministry at Michigan State University, staff and MSU students began traveling one day each week to begin a similar ministry at Central Michigan University, in Mt. Pleasant. After three years, a full-time minister was put in place.

Next, the ministry looked to repeat the process at Western Michigan University. It grew so rapidly that a full-time campus minister was placed in Kalamazoo after only one year.

In 1977, the ministry responded to an invitation from the First Church of Christ in Sault Ste. Marie to establish a ministry on the campus of Lake Superior State University.

In 1979, a part-time ministry was started on the campus of the University of Michigan and it became full-time within two years.

In the first decade, God honoring ministries were established on the campuses of five Michigan universities.

Further Expansion

Eight years later, in 1987, a new ministry was founded on the campus of Ferris State University, in Big Rapids. In 1989, the church in Marquette expressed a desire for a ministry on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Prayers were answered and at the end of the second decade of HHCF, there were seven campus ministries in Michigan.

Then, at the request of Jenison Chrisitan Church in 1993, a ministry was initiated on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale. After GVSU, the ministry again looked to the Upper Peninsula for its next outreach. Students at Michigan Technological University, who had experienced the HHCF ministry on other campuses began Bible studies there. In 2000, a new full-time campus ministry was started in Houghton. In the same year, another full-time campus ministry was established at Saginaw Valley State University.

In 2001 a new ministry was started at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. In 2013, a twelfth campus ministry was established at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

What’s Next?

In the next half century, I would like to see HHCF continue to expand to new unreached campuses, and broaden and deepen the ministry on the twelve campuses we are on currently. We want and expect to reach the world for Christ, one student at a time.

Would you join us in the campus ministry of HHCF by praying and financially supporting our desire to make spiritual growth possible to every university student in Michigan?