Cedarville Students’ Involvement in Local Churches

By Anna Harman

Many students make it a priority to attend and get involved in a local church during their time here at Cedarville University. When students get involved in the local church, they build relationships, foster their faith in God, learn what it means to serve, and gain more insight into what it means to be an active part of a church body. 

Brianna Pacecca, junior Civil Engineering major, attends Crossroads Christian Church in Washington Court House, Ohio. It is about 30 minutes from Cedarville’s campus. She’s been going to Crossroads since the second week of her freshman year. 

Crossroads Christian Church has one service at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays. It is a nondenominational Christian church that exists to impact our community with Christ’s unconditional love. They have a live stream at 10:15 a.m. and multiple forms of social media to stay connected. To learn more about Crossroads, visit www.crossroadswch.org. 

“The pastor is awesome with making sure he has strong relationships with all of the church members. It’s a smaller church so that also helps,” Pacecca said. “Also, I lead a small group for middle and high school girls every Sunday night. Through that, I have been able to get really close to some of the girls and also build good relationships with the other volunteers and the student pastor.” 

Julia Peterson, junior Graphic Design major, has been going to University Baptist Church in Beavercreek since her freshman year. It’s about 25 to 30 minutes from Cedarville’s campus. She’s currently in a growth group with college-aged students where they talk about the Gospel. She also volunteers in kids’ ministry. 

University Baptist Church has two services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. It seeks to help people become wholehearted followers of Jesus who know Him and make Him known. They have a live stream at 10:45 a.m., as well as many social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, Spotify, and Instagram. To learn more about UBC, visit www.ubcbeavercreek.com.  

“I like the worship at UBC a lot. They play more contemporary songs and usually sing about 3 songs before the sermon,” Peterson said. “The head pastor is very good about giving applicable points. We’re going through Acts right now and a mini-series. I tend to see more families and variety, not just college students at UBC. I’ve enjoyed it!”

Anna Harman is a junior Biblical Studies major and also a reporter for Cedars. She appreciates writing, peppermint tea, flowers, and going to concerts.

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