In this Thursday’s “Let’s Talk” program, Fr. Chris Metropulos sits down with Christina Andreson and Elias Anderson for a conversation about how peers and local parishes can help Orthodox students stay connected in college while welcoming seekers and learners. Topics include how to encourage Orthodox Peers, how to start an OCF chapter, what to do if there are few Orthodox students at your school, and how to encourage robust pan-Orthodox community on campus.
OCF transforms the lives of college students by guiding them along the path to Jesus Christ through His Church, cultivating a campus community of worship, witness, service, fellowship, and education.
As the Director of Ministries for Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Christina Andresen works alongside college students as they grow in faith and as leaders on campus, in the Church, and in the world. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. In addition to OCF, she is involved in parish ministries as a founding member of the Sisterhood of St. Xenia and a member of Philoptochos. She has also been a contributing podcaster for Ancient Faith Ministries. She lives in Dallas, TX with her OCF sweetheart (they met on Real Break) and their three children.
Elias Anderson is Chairman of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Student Leadership Board. He works with his board of 9 other Student Leaders to plan and implement all of OCF’s ministries. He is currently a senior at Valparaiso University, pursuing a B.A in Music and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering. When not in class or doing homework, Elias enjoys playing his trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble, 3D printing Star Wars helmets, building LEGOs, playing guitar, and participating in his own OCF chapter. He is originally from Libertyville, IL and plans to move back to the area upon graduation in May.