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Oread Center at KU: Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark is the Director of Administration at the Oread Center at KU (TOC) in Lawrence, KS where she has served for 6 years. She was involved with Vertas as a Mizzou student before joining women’s ministry staff at Oread Center, a university ministry that is partnered with Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She receives ongoing support from The Crossing. Oread Center has partnered with Veritas for a couple of winter conferences.

DONATE to: Kelly Clark or contact her at: [email protected]

TOC’s target population is the university community — both undergraduates, as well as graduate students, professors and faculty. They already offer programming aimed at undergraduates (Bible & book studies, a large group gathering, socials, a course for KU credit), and will soon be adding more resources for other populations within the university community (book discussions with campus ministry leaders, a podcast & blog aimed at graduates & faculty, forums for the larger university community, etc.)

The Oread Center (TOC) meets the needs of KU students by one-on-one conversations centered on spiritual formation and discipleship, connecting them with mentors in the local church, providing a safe place for them to be able to “ask honest questions and receive honest answers” about the big questions of life (as the Schaeffers used to say), and providing them with spaces to dialogue with practitioners and professors in their fields who share a similar vocation and walk with Christ. Programmatically, this takes the form of one-on-one meetings, small group book and bible studies, meals and discussions, as well as, retreats and conferences.

Pray for the Gospel to reach KU students, faculty & staff:

  • That God would strengthen KU students to walk with Him for a lifetime. That He would open their eyes to Him and once they do know Him, that He would continually fill them with His Holy Spirit, that the eyes of their hearts might be enlightened, knowing His hope and the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:18)
  • That He would equip these students to think well about their fields of study and future vocations and that He would provide for them mentors in their fields who can encourage them both in their discipline and in how to walk with the Lord in that discipline.
  • That He would purify their hearts, give them a passion for following after Him and not the things of this world, and that He would give them a sensitivity to their sin, and with that, and great delight in His gospel and a renewed fervor to walk by the Spirit.
  • Pray for Oread Staff Team – that God would protect them from sin, continue to give them clarity and unity in their vision for ministering at the university, and that He would strengthen them to care for their families and their students well.

Kelly’s Role in Women’s Ministry:

As women’s ministry staff, Kelly mentors college girls, leads Bible and book studies, and serves as a liaison between college women who attend Grace Evangelical Presbyterian and the larger church body. Kelly’s desire is to encourage college women to follow the Lord all the days of their lives (faithfulness not just in their 18-22 years, but in their 22-82 years.) Because of this, one of her biggest passions is encouraging multi-generational friendships among women who learn to follow Jesus together. She says, “I love getting the chance to walk with women through God’s Word, have honest conversations about the joys and struggles they are facing, and explore the character of God together.”