In 1995, Cru staff member Chuck Roeper initiated a five-day lecture series on the U-M campus called “The Veritas Forum.” Following the Veritas Forum, a few graduate students expressed their desire to start a ministry at U-M specifically for graduate students. During the Winter Semester of 1996, “Michigan Christian Grads” (MCGrads) began as a partnership between Cru and another Christian mission agency at U-M, called The Navigators.
The first two years MCGrads existed primarily as a coed Bible Study and prayer group. The third year MCGrads participated in Rackham’s New Grad Student Orientation. As a result, MCGrads grew in number, activity and visibility on campus.
Over the years MCGrads continued to grow and expand its ministry. A number of men’s and women’s Bible Study groups started. The MCGrads website was designed and then redesigned a couple more times. The weekly MCGrads Group Email List started. Campus-wide and smaller departmental outreach events were sponsored. Additional events became regular features. A few years later The Navigator staff discontinued their ministry at U-M, so Cru continued the MCGrads ministry alone.
In 2009 MCGrads changed it’s name to GradCru, helping it to be more visible as a graduate student ministry of Cru at the University of Michigan.
Chuck and Dianne continue to provide coordination for GradCru. In 2009 Jane Girard (Yu-Chen Liu) joined them, first as an Intern and then in 2011 as full-time GradCru staff. Then in early 2015 Jane’s husband, Brandon, joined the GradCru team. And in the Fall 2015 Hayley Nasrallah started as an Intern (now part-time staff) with GradCru, too.
In February 2017 GradCru initiated and co-sponsored Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray speaking before 3,500 at Hill Auditorium.
Now it’s 2017-18. We hope you will join with us and continue to make GradCru history.