His House | Celebrating Fifty Years

Kate Hogoboom


My first two years at college were lonely. I was at a community college, but I didn’t really make any friends, and the ones I had weren’t Christians. I tried to share my faith with them, but it didn’t go very well. When I transferred to Ferris State University, I knew that I needed to find a solid group of Christians to be with. My first His House meeting was in late September of 2010. I walked in and immediately felt welcomed and wanted – something that had been missing my entire college experience up to this point.

During my first winter retreat, Gary Hawes explained what baptism really meant. Even though I grew up in a Christian home with many pastors in my family, I didn’t have a clear picture until that night of what baptism truly meant. I decided to wait a week so my family could attend, and I was baptized in the Muskegon River on February 6, 2011. The impact of that decision started moving in my siblings and now all seven of them have been baptized as well – three of them because of their involvement with His House at CMU.

His House changed my life as a college student and continues to challenge me as I work with the ministry now. I am so thankful for God bringing this ministry into my life, and I am excited to see what God does through this ministry in the next 50 years.