Drew Robbins – CM Alumni 2017
How were you involved with Campus Ministry @ GVSU or one way that God used CM@GVSU to impact your life while you were in college?
Immediately upon coming to GVSU as a freshman, I recognized that I would need to find a solid, Christ-centered, encouraging community of faith-driven peers to surround myself with! The circumstances in which I ended up finding myself at the Well one Sunday night is a story for a different day, but when I stumbled into the doors of Cook DeWitt that first time, I knew I had found a home away from home.
Within a month of regularly attending the Well, the worship leader made an announcement after the service, saying that there was the need for a male vocalist on their worship team. I had always had a huge passion for vocal music – even considering a career in it at one point or another. During high school, I had fallen in love with worship and using my gifts in a ministry capacity after having the opportunity to help serve and lead worship at my home church. Upon coming to GVSU though, I told myself I was going to table vocal music in order to focus on my academics and business career; it was a prime example of the Lord’s humor to call me back to worship immediately upon providing me with the Christian community I had asked him for.
I was able to participate in the worship arts team at Campus Ministry throughout all four years of my college career. In doing so, I grew SO MUCH, both in terms of my gifts and my faith. I met friends who would later be my roommates and best friends even beyond leaving GVSU, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel, lead, and serve throughout the country on numerous spring break mission trips. Of all the best memories I have from college, they can all be traced back – in some shape or form – to Campus Ministry and the community I found there.
What are you doing now?
The summer after graduating, I finished up an HR internship at a local financial consulting firm. Beyond that, I didn’t have the slightest idea of where the Lord would end up taking me, and it was a very stressful season of life! For all I knew, it felt like I was pretty much waiting for the Lord to call me to do remote missions work half-way across the globe at any point in time. However, in His utmost perfect timing (which is yet ANOTHER story for a different day), He dropped the job opportunity of my dreams right into my lap.
I now work on the human resources team at the Windquest Group in downtown Grand Rapids and have been (so undeservedly) afforded the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of the best and brightest professionals in the country. I found a new church home in Crossroads Bible Church, and have also gotten plugged back into the worship leading scene with Ada Bible Church which has been a ton of fun!
I want to leave you with this thought: the Lord’s plan seldom makes sense from our limited Earthly perspective, and you’ve probably heard that many times. The best thing about that, though, is knowing that even while you’re in a season of not knowing what’s next, the Lord is clearing the path ahead of you, even when you can’t see it or recognize it. One day, you’ll look back to see all the intricate ways in which He was preparing a way (and yourself!), even when you felt like you were just floating along.
“The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. He protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:5-9