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Glorifying God on Fraternity Row

Greek students are glorifying God at fraternities and sororities across the country. InterVarsity’s Greek ministry has staff and chapters on 60 campuses, with more than 2,800 students involved.

Every February close to 1,000 Greeks gather at two different conferences, in Indianapolis and Charlotte, to learn more about how to follow God in the frat house and among sorority sisters. New York Times writer Erik Eckholm joined the Indianapolis conference this year and his report ran in Monday’s editions.

The story accurately describes the challenges of living for Christ in the Greek system, where the penchant for partying is well known. As Eric Holmer, the communications director for Greek InterVarsity, said,  “Our goal is to help students lead a Christian life inside the Greek system, as contradictory as that may sound.”

Following the Greek conferences in Indianapolis and Charlotte, Greek ministry staff were pleased with the results:

  • 16 fraternity and sorority members made first-time decisions to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.
  • 21 made a commitment to investigate Jesus further along with brothers and sisters in their chapter
  • 254 students made re-commitments, indicating they wanted to repent from what was replacing God in their lives.
  • 295 students made a commitment to lead ministry on campus and in their house.

InterVarsity has just named Brian Mann as the new Director of Greek Ministry. Brian is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois and worked with Greek InterVarsity for seven years at Illinois. In 2009 he and his wife Lauren were named co-coordinators of Greek ministry in InterVarsity’s Blue Ridge Region, along the eastern seaboard. Brian will begin his new role as Greek Ministry Director on July 1, 2011.

Gordon Govier is a veteran journalist currently working as a web editor for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, at  You can contact him at

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