When Mike Kelley of Widener University was named 2013 College Minister of the Year, it highlighted some of the genuine heroes of College Ministry....those that raise their own salaries to minister to the college campuses of America. Mike (Hair) Kelley is one of those who has gone where God has called but a salary was not provided.
One who works with many of these folks estimates that as many as one hundred (100) College Ministers in Baptist Collegiate Ministries are raising their own salaries. Some nationally strategic campuses are served by those who each year raise their salary and live very sacrificially with minimal or no insurance for health issues.
The nominees for College Minister of the Year represented the great variety of those serving in College Ministry. Mike Kelley was selected by our panel strictly on the merit of who he is and his ministry at Widener..but..he shines a spotlight on all those doing College Ministry with no salary provided by any church, agency or convention.
They are the heroes of College Ministry!