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Miss Laura Vellenga

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  • Michigan State University
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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship: Basileia
www.ivcfnynj.org, 19 Dec 2004 [cached]
Laura Vellenga - Laura currently serves as the InterVarsity Area Director for Central/South New Jersey and is just finishing her 10th year on IV Staff.Laura is a graduate of Michigan State University and served on Staff at Michigan Tech before joining our team in the NY/NJ region.In 1997, Laura moved out to New Jersey to marry her fiance Chuck, who was then attending graduate school at Princeton.Laura worked as a Campus Staffworker at The College of New Jersey for a few years before being appointed as Area Director in 1999.She is the mother of two young boys, Nicholas (2 years old), and Thomas or "T.K." who is five months old.She loves college football (especially her beloved "Spartans"), has a passion for worship, whole-life discipleship and manuscript-style Bible study, among other things.
The Times-News Online -- Twin Falls, Idaho
www.magicvalley.com, 25 Jan 2003 [cached]
The InterVarsity chapter could operate off-campus like many religious ministries do, admits InterVarsity staff adviser Laura Vellenga.But she said that would relegate it to "second-class status," losing guaranteed access to campus facilities and a rightful share of student activities fees.
On the Net: http://www.ivcf.org/
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Looking at the Big Picture - InterVarsity.org
www.intervarsity.org, 2 Jan 2008 [cached]
Laura Vellenga sees the big picture.She considers multiple sides of an issue and uses the information to make strategic plans.She honed these skills as a member of the debate team in high school.When she went to college at Michigan State University, she chose International Relations as a major.With plans to go into law or seek a government position, Laura was confident that her big picture, strategic-thinking approach would be an asset.
While at school, Laura also began to learn how to submit her life to God.She was a Christian when she came to college and quickly became involved in InterVarsity.She began to learn obedience.When God asked her to lead a small group Bible study in her dorm, she did.But she continued to pursue a career path in international relations.
During her senior year, Laura applied for a prestigious fellowship.Her written application was outstanding.She had taken all the right classes and her references spoke well of her abilities.But when it came time for Laura to present herself personally to the fellowship search committee, she did not do well.As she says, "It was a lousy interview."
As she went over the experience with her advisor, she suggested that Laura pursue a career where her passions and personality intersected.As she thought over this advice, Laura realized that she had a passion for student ministry; and with the encouragement of the InterVarsity staff at Michigan State, Laura applied to work on campus.
Laura has had extensive experience on staff, starting as a campus staff at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.She soon moved to northern Michigan and worked with the chapters at Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University.During these assignments she enhanced her gift of strategic thinking.
As she looked at the big picture, she could see the InterVarsity chapter that would be a witnessing community on campus-One that declares the gospel to non-believers and encourages Christians in their spiritual journeys.She could see where lack of focus or activity was hampering this goal.As she challenged the students to consider where their chapter might grow, Laura herself grew in her teaching abilities.She enjoyed mentoring the students and "watching the light bulb go off" when they understood the point she was presenting.
In 1997 Laura moved to New Jersey and worked at The College of New Jersey.In 2000 she became the area director for Central/South New Jersey.After five years as area director, she returned to the role of campus staff member and is currently the team leader for New Jersey Christian Fellowship, the InterVarsity chapter at The College of New Jersey.Here she is using her gifts as a teacher and big picture thinker.
The Times-News Online -- Twin Falls, Idaho
www.magicvalley.com, 19 Jan 2003 [cached]
The InterVarsity chapter could operate off-campus like many religious ministries do, admits InterVarsity staff adviser Laura Vellenga.But she said that would relegate it to "second-class status," losing guaranteed access to campus facilities and a rightful share of student activities fees.
On the Net: http://www.ivcf.org/
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InterVarsity status shaken by bias accusations -- The Washington Times
www.washtimes.com, 18 Jan 2003 [cached]
The InterVarsity chapter could operate off-campus like many religious ministries do, concedes InterVarsity staff adviser Laura Vellenga.But she said that would relegate it to "second-class status," losing guaranteed access to campus facilities and a rightful share of student-activities fees.
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