Testimonials & Endorsements

Here are several several endorsements of the work of  the Consortium by scholars who appreciate our work:


In 2019, it was my privilege to speak at the Consortium’s annual conference and it was my joy to meet with the staff of other Centers.  I came away even more persuaded that the Study Center Movement is a vital complement – to the church and to other parachurch ministries – in advancing the Kingdom on campuses and neighboring communities.

Just as individual Study Centers warrant financial support, so too does the Consortium.  With its own 501(c)3 status, the Consortium promotes, encourages and provides resources for centers that are being birthed and those that are established.”

–Dr. Kenneth G. Elzinga, Professor and Robert C. Taylor Chair in Economics, University of Virginia


“Prior to attending the 2019 conference, I was unaware of all the many good things that the Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) promotes. I teach at a Christian University (Baylor) and naturally have many aims in common with Study Centers around the country. I see now that the work of the CCSC is absolutely vital for secular universities, where discussion of faith may be intentionally “off limits” in the classroom. The scholars I met are fully engaged with the life of reason and the life of faith, and see that the two need not be separate.”

–Dr. Elizabeth Corey, Director, Baylor Honors Program, Associate Professor of Political Science, Honors College, Baylor University


“The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) equips and encourages teachers, students, and ministry leaders seeking confident engagement in the university at the intersection of faith and learning.  By cultivating friendships and shared resources around the country, the CCSC helps support deep investments in local contexts that will bear lasting fruit.”


–John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion, Washington University in St. Louis


“Today, when the life of the mind is under siege on our politicized and polarized university campuses, the Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) is playing a critical role. The members of the CCSC help students cultivate intellectual virtues, but they do more: They help students cultivate the virtues of Christian intellectual life. The CCSC is one of the bright lights in our darkening world, a sign that the achievements of Christian civilization have not been snuffed out and a reason to hope for the future renewal of the church and Christian culture.”

–Dr. Peter Leithart, Theopolis Institute for Biblical, Liturgical, & Cultural Studies


“I am enthusiastic about the work of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers. Study Centers provide highly important centers for representing on major university campuses the best of the rich heritage of Christian thought. The Consortium helps sustain these study centers and brings their leaders together for invaluable interaction. The Consortium is also the best resource for helping to found new study centers and in assuring the movement will continue to grow and flourish.”

–Dr. George Marsden, University of Notre Dame


“Locating Christian study centers in university communities has always been a great idea. But these days we have to see the support of those centers as a unique–and I think urgent–strategy for reaching and equipping a new generation of leaders in our culture for serving the goals of Christ’s Kingdom. And those who shape the programs of these centers need shared resources–information, discussions of successes and failures, safe places for trying out new ideas, spiritual and theological support systems–for carrying on their important missions. The Consortium of Christian Study Centers serves marvelously in this regard!”

-Dr. Richard Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary


“The Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) performs an unusually helpful function as a networker for many different programs that have sprung up in recent decades around college and university campuses.  Although these programs vary in longevity, size, funding, and strategy, they share a vitally important conviction about the importance of Christian presence in the secular academic world.  That conviction makes them vital bridge-builders between worlds of faith and worlds of learning.  Collectively with the CCSC, and as individual programs, they deserve the attention and support of all who believe that God is Lord of all.”

-Dr. Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame


“The Consortium of Christian Study Centers supports exactly what so many students entering college need: a place of intellectual seriousness, moral clarity, and genuine seeking.  Students are hungry for meaningful inquiry into life’s real purposes, not just academic exercises.  They want an alternative to youth culture, to the movies, music, and text messages, and when they get to college they expect a search for meaning along with the education requirements.  The Study Centers provide it, along with the fellowship of similarly inquisitive peers.  The Consortium gives them support and inspiration.  It’s a great organization, and it grows ever more necessary.”

–Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Emory University and Senior Editor at First Things Magazine


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Below you can also read several personal quotes about the work of individual Study Centers:

“The Colin MacLaurin Fellows Program [formerly known as MacLaurinCSF now Anselm House] has been a blessing in my life. It has challenged me to be more conscious of my faith in every aspect of my studies and has provided an amazing source of Christian fellowship at the U of M. The Fellows Program has given me the opportunity to ask challenging questions about how I can glorify God in my studies and work. Each fellows meeting is saturated with encouraging discussions about how every subject, every field, and every form of work was created for worshipping and glorifying God. I now have a greater joy in my research, my workplace, and my encounters with others in their respective fields, because I’m more conscious of my Creator’s presence in each corner of his creation.”

Brad Gordon, University of Minnesota


One of the things I observed during my time as a student at the Oread Center was the staff really wants to see students live in all of their realms to glorify God. They want to see students flourish spiritually and instill a deep love for the local church that points us towards the Lord. They want to see students thrive as intellectual beings in their studies at the University. They want to see students succeed in the physical world through their future occupation.

“It was through activities like long talks on the porch swing about a recent OC program or blossoming friendships over books on the lawn at the Oread Center that I came to a greater understanding of how studies at the University are inherently good and glorifying to God, and not merely a means to graduation and a job. This shift in my thinking gave my extroverted, busy, active self a much greater love for studying and learning. Through these friendly dialogues, my love for the God of the universe grew. I began to understand that all our labor in life (from paid positions to volunteer service) can be glorifying to God as we live in His design for us– to cultivate the earth with our labors.  I also realized that my love for the justice-seeking humanities and my passion for understanding humans holistically in psychology reflect the Lord of the universe.”

–Alyssa Rudman, University of Kansas


“Before arriving at Yale to pursue an MBA, I was encouraged to get plugged into the Rivendell Institute as a source of community, mentorship, and support through what would become the busiest two years of my life. Now graduating, I look back on my time with Rivendell – highlighted by the Spiritual Leadership Group David led and the Student Fellows program. These men and women have provided a shoulder to cry on, a challenging voice in moments of weakness, a guiding force on how the gospel might shape a business career, a pursuit of Christ with the utmost intellectual rigor, and a friend ready with a tea kettle, a fire, and an open couch.” 

Patrick Briaud, Yale Univesity


“I came to the Study Center, like so many undergraduates, to work on papers between classes or to finish Greek translation homework. Over time, however, the Center for Christian Study proved not only to be supportive of my career as a student, but also of my vocation as a teacher and as a scholar.

“Over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity as a Ph.D. student to teach a number of courses…from a survey of the Hebrew Bible, to a seminar on the theological impulses within the Civil Rights Movement. While I was able to move through the Study Center fairly anonymously during my first months, I now find myself surrounded by the familiar faces of present and former students whenever I walk through the door. Brief coffee breaks become hour-long conversations in the kitchen that take up where previous semesters left off. Some of the best moments of my teaching career to date have taken place in the course of these chance encounters while serving food for Rush Hospitality, or at night, after one of the Study Center’s many distinguished lectures.”

–Ashleigh Elser, University of Virginia