Posted: 8/4/16 at 10:15am
Richmond, Va.— The Baptist Collegiate Ministry of Virginia Commonwealth University (BCM of VCU) welcomes Ryan and Karin Goude as associate collegiate ministers. They join current VCU Collegiate Ministers Nic and April Uebel, where they will enhance the ministry of the BCM at VCU through their energy, love for students, and their heart for God to make Himself known on campus.
As Nic describes, Ryan and Karin are an answer to prayer as the need for additional ministry leadership continues grow at VCU. “From the beginning of our time at VCU two years ago, we recognized that VCU had many diverse ministry opportunities and the work was much bigger than our gifts and our time.” In addition to their growing vision for the ministry, Nic shares, “We longed for friends to work beside us.”
Ryan is from Williamsburg, VA, where he grew up in his local church. He is the son and grandson of pastors, who laid the foundation for his love of Jesus and the church. While in college at Virginia Tech and serving at the BCM, Ryan accepted his call into full-time ministry. Serving in student leadership, Ryan’s faith grew exponentially as his love for college ministry developed.
Karin grew up in Northern Virginia, attending a Catholic parish and grade school. When her family briefly relocated to Florida, she fell in love with Jesus through a friend’s church youth group and was re-baptized at age 15. Upon moving back to Virginia, she studied music at Virginia Tech and became involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Karin served on staff in college ministry and the local church while in Blacksburg.
Ryan and Karin were married in the summer of 2013 and moved out to California before their first anniversary. Ryan completed his Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary) and Karin managed a bakery in San Francisco. They are excited to be back on the East Coast, serving the students and community of VCU alongside their good friends and fellow Hokies, Nic and April Uebel.