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September 23, 2021

New Minsitry Fellow Excited About Fall Campaign

By Tom Campisi, Managing Editor

Sheri Casali, a new Christian Union ministry fellow, is especially passionate about discipleship. As the fall semester begins for CU Libertas, she is filled with hope and excitement when she considers the potential impact of mentoring students at such a prominent university like Brown.

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“What attracted me most to the mission of Christian Union is the emphasis on discipleship in developing leaders to transform culture,” she said. “We have a vast student population and we have been entrusted with the privilege to reach them for Jesus. As we answer the call to equip students for the work of the ministry, I believe we can witness another great revival in the near future.”

A Sheri CasaliMinistry Fellow Sheri CasaliA Rhode Island native, Casali is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God and serves as a lay counselor with her church, where she started various small groups that were focused on discipling women. Previously, she worked for several years with Brown Medicine as the Supervisor of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Inpatient Consult Service.

“Sheri finds great joy in walking alongside women as they grow in His grace and knowledge,” said Matt Woodard, Christian Union’s ministry director at Brown.

Casali, who is pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary,  said discipleship and small groups can have a lasting impact with students. 

“College years are their most formative years. It is a vital time where students can build a firm foundation in their faith in Jesus,” she said. “In turn, they can be a light for their peers and lead them to the Lord, as they continue to live out their faith.” 

CU Libertas, currently in the midst of its Freshman Welcoming Campaign, has planned various events designed to introduce students to its communiity, where they can enroll in Bible courses, attend the weekly Leadership Lectures Series and Fall Conference, and receive one-on-one mentoring.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic basically prohibited in-person meetings during the last academic year, CU Libertas will also focus on reaching incoming sophomores, whose first year at Brown was experienced mainly online.

“We are anticipating our weekly schedules to be filled with one-on-one discipleship meetings,” said Woodard. “So many of the young men and women are trying to process what they’ve experienced over the last eighteen months. We expect robust attendance at Bible courses as well. How refreshing it will be to share a meal, discuss Scripture, and pray together!”

In addition to setting up an informational table with donuts and coffee at key locations on campus, welcoming events also include live worship sets and various evangelistic outreaches.

“We are anticipating a great year ahead and look forward to welcoming the students back,” Casali said. “We are very excited to kick off this year! Students have recently shared they are looking forward to reconnecting with CU Libertas. We are hopeful this year will be a time of renewal after the impact covid has had on campus.”

“We expect great things to happen on campus as students return to their normal rhythms this fall,” Woodard said. “We look forward to presenting the gospel to a very hungry audience across campus and the wider Brown community.”

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