Students Find Home at Norman Seventh-day Adventist Church

October 26, 2022

NORMAN, OKLA. – Sharing a church home with students, complete with responsibility, respect and family. That is how I would describe the college/high school ministry at the Norman Seventh-day Adventist Church. The friendly atmosphere at the Norman church has something students enjoy and the feeling is mutual. 

The students focus on growing the college/high school Sabbath School. The idea is to provide an atmosphere of learning and encouragement that one would find in their home church. The students assemble in the Sabbath School room each week for timely lessons facilitated by Joy Pelfrey and Giovanni Corrodus. 

University of Oklahoma student, Crisbeth Castaneda shared her experience, “When you think of coming to college, you probably think of preparing by finding the best parking spot close to your classes, getting the best seat in the classroom so that the teacher can recognize you and trying to make friends with the smart kid of the class so they can help you with your homework. When I came to college, I realized that it was going to be a new chapter of my life, not only in my personal life, but also in my spiritual life. I was no longer going to be with my parents or with my own church. My own faith and principles were now going to be just mine and nobody else’s. Thankfully, I found exactly what I was looking for when I moved to Norman. I was able to find comfort in the friends and family of Norman church. But the best part about the Norman church (besides potlucks, of course!) is the college class. Philippines, Rwanda, Jamaica, and more we have college students from all around the world who are attending schools in the area! I have been blessed to listen and learn about their cultures and faith experiences. However, we are more than just a ‘college class.’ We support each other personally, spiritually and even academically. We always will find a way to spend time together and be there for each other. So, if you are coming to any schools in the area or just visiting, I invite you to come join us. I am sure you will be able to find your place in our family too.”

If you know of any students in the area, let us know! We’d love to reach out to them. In Education, Ellen G. White says, “With such an army of workers as our youth rightly trained might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world!”

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By Mark Pelfrey