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Church Fair Draws Record Turnout at NGU

Posted on: August 31, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC (Aug. 31, 2023) More than 80 local churches attended North Greenville University’s (NGU) Church Fair on Aug. 17, marking a record turnout for the annual event.

“The event has grown extraordinarily,” said Joshua Gilmore, director of community connection and ministry mobilization at NGU.

“We had only six churches back in 2018,” he said. “In 2022, we had 72 churches. This year, we had an amazing 88 churches working together to reach NGU students.”

Participating churches set up tents on the Tigerville campus, connecting with students and giving away essential back-to-school items.

“The mission of NGU is to equip transformation leaders for church and society. The church fair draws a direct line to NGU’s mission,” Gilmore said. “We want NGU students to know that the local church is vitally important and strategically stands in support of NGU’s student body.”

Gilmore said NGU’s Church Fair is an avenue for students to continue the spiritual growth they experience on campus.

“One student accepted Christ as their Savior in the dining hall on Tuesday, August 15, then he attended the church fair on Thursday, August 17, and then he attended Rocky Creek Baptist Church Sunday, August 20 with a friend,” Gilmore said. “The church fair’s involvement in this year’s Welcome Week demonstrates the importance the local church plays in the strategic spiritual development of our students.”

Phillip Deal, member Mountain View Global Methodist Church in Taylors, attended the event and said he was encouraged by the turnout.

“I marveled at the number of local churches in their outreach to and support for your students,” Deal said. “Everywhere, local churches were reaching out, engaging with and evangelizing to welcome those students inviting them to participate in the community beyond NGU. Seeing all these young adults gives me hope for the future.”

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