His House | Celebrating Fifty Years

Trevor Ellison


I grew up calling myself a Christian and going to church, but not knowing what it meant to be one. I knew that I was supposed to read the Bible and believe in God, but that was about it. I knew that I should find a Christian group at college. When I attended orientation at NMU before starting my freshman year, I gave my information to an organization called His House.

Entering college, I was passionate about one thing: bow hunting. Because of a shared enjoyment of the outdoors, Pete Elenbaas (the campus minister at NMU) and I connected quickly. Not long after meeting, Pete invited me to meet on campus where he shared the gospel with me. Though I grew up going to church, no one had ever personally shared the gospel with me. I had a lot of respect for him for sharing it with me, though I didn’t respond.

It wasn’t until a few weeks later, as Pete and I studied through the book of Acts, that I began considering that Jesus is ACTUALLY worth following. In October of my freshman year, I was baptized in Lake Superior and the trajectory of my life was forever changed! The next year I moved into the campus house, which God used to break patterns of sin in my life and instill a hunger for intimacy with Jesus. The picture above is of my roommates and I that year with our campus ministers, Pete and Sam.

A few years later, I had the opportunity to move to Kalamazoo to intern with His House at WMU, where I now work for His House and get to teach others to follow Jesus and change the course of their earthly life and eternity! Because Jesus changed my life at college, I couldn’t imagine proclaiming His love, grace, and mission anywhere else!