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Our Values

We are a community of disciples on mission.

Four charisms describe our distinctive values:

Discipleship
Charismatic-Renewal—Mission
Common-Life-&-Community
Ecumenism

Our History

University Christian Outreach (UCO) has its origins in the Charismatic Renewal movement of the late sixties in the United States. A group of students, moved by the Holy Spirit, decided to make the most of their student years for Christ and bring the Gospel of Jesus to their fellow students. First established in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan, the group was originally called  the Dorm District. UCO acquired its present name in the late seventies. In the seventies and eighties, other UCOs were founded in Lansing and Pittsburgh.

Our Family

UCO is a member of Kairos North America, the youth work organization of the Sword of the Spirit. UCO is a student outreach and is supported in various ways by local network of Christian families. Some UCOs are staffed in part by members of the Servants of the Word.

Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO) is our sister organization based in St Paul, Minnesota.

YouthWorks-Detroit is an affiliated organisation in Detroit that runs youth programs, mission trips and outreach events in the inner city.

For more information, see the “Contact Us” link at the bottom right of your screen.

Regional Staff

  • Andrew Davignon
    Andrew Davignon
    Executive Director
  • Rosemary Thornton
    Rosemary Thornton
    Executive Supervisor
  • Brendan Murray
    Brendan Murray
    Director of Outreach and Evangelization
  • James Munk
    James Munk
    Director of Formation and Sending
  • Tim Ong
    Tim Ong
    Director of Evangelistic Programs
  • Clara Schwartz
    Clara Schwartz
    Finance and Accounting
  • Mikayla Thibodeau
    Mikayla Thibodeau
    Administrator
  • Bonnie King
    Bonnie King
    Executive Council
  • David Williamson
    David Williamson
    Executive Council
  • Sarah Williamson
    Sarah Williamson
    Executive Council
  • Stephanie Wulpi
    Stephanie Wulpi
    Executive Council
  • Molly Kilpatrick
    Molly Kilpatrick
    Executive Council
  • Alex Kilpatrick
    Alex Kilpatrick
    Executive Council
  • Noel Delgadillo
    Noel Delgadillo
    Executive Council
Andrew Davignon
Executive Director

Andrew graduated from the University of Michigan and spent several years working as a turnaround consultant. During this time he felt a call to leave his career and follow the Lord. He was led to UCO, where he is honored to serve, proclaiming the good news and preparing the way for the Lord! Andrew likes to read, is always willing to karaoke, and loves to whistle.

 

Rosemary Thornton
Executive Supervisor

Rosemary is a wife and mother of four girls.  She served as a UCO staffer for five years after college, and now works as a Physician Assistant in a local ER.  She is grateful for the continued opportunity to advance the Good News of God’s love in the university setting.  She also likes to hang out at beautiful beaches and work out at the gym. Rosemary is the Executive Supervisor who helps with the development of UCOs across the region, the senior staff in many chapters, and the broader growth of mission positions for women in UCO.

 

Brendan Murray
Director of Outreach and Evangelization

Brendan is a native of the great state of New Jersey, but spent his college years studying at Michigan State. It was there that he met his beautiful wife, Sophie. They were married in his senior year of college and soon after, were off to Maryland to plant a new UCO chapter at the University of Maryland. Four-and-a-half years and three kids later, they are back at MSU where Brendan serves as a Mission Director. In his free time, Brendan enjoys date nights with Sophie, hiking and looking for wildlife with his kids, and MSU sports.

James Munk
Director of Formation and Sending

James is a Lansing native, but graduated from a school down the road. While in university, he was involved with our chapters in Lansing, Ann Arbor, and for a brief stint with our sister chapter in London, England. James currently works for UCO and Kairos North America, an organization that supports outreaches like UCO.

 

Tim Ong
Director of Evangelistic Programs

Tim is originally from Vancouver, Canada and moved to Michigan to be on staff with UCO. He attended the University of British Columbia and studied Philosophy while being involved in the UCO chapter there. One of Tim’s favourite things to do is to share a good meal with friends.

 

Clara Schwartz
Finance and Accounting

Clara, a born and raised Michigander, has delighted in living and serving in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Lansing Michigan. She was first introduced to UCO as a student at Grand Valley State University. After earning her B.B.A in Accounting, she moved to Lansing to serve on staff with UCO. She loves going on walks, jamming on the djembe, budgeting, playing ultimate frisbee and spreading the joy of the Lord.

Mikayla Thibodeau
Administrator
Bonnie King
Executive Council

Bonnie is a Michigan native and has lived in the Lansing area all her life. She first became involved with outreach to college students when she was a student at Michigan State University.  She and her husband, Jon, have five adult children. After a number of years spent caring for her family, she came back to UCO and has been serving with us for the past 15 years. She enjoys putzing in her kitchen, spending time with family, reading, and creating things with the help of her sewing machine.

David Williamson
Executive Council

David Williamson loves adventure — especially the great adventure of following the Lord of the Universe. He studied Greek and Intellectual History at the University of Michigan and is currently working on a Masters of Theological Studies at Calvin Seminary. He uses his experience in life to lead the Grand Rapids Formation Program. When not working for UCO you can find him sailing, woodworking, or playing with his kids.

Sarah Williamson
Executive Council

Sarah is an Ann Arbor native who graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, French, and Secondary Education. But instead of teaching high school, she started working for UCO. When not doing UCO, Sarah loves to play Scrabble, speak French, cook yummy homemade food, and spend time with her wonderful husband David and adorable children.

 

Stephanie Wulpi
Executive Council

Steph is from South Haven, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Architecture. Before joining the staff for UCO Pittsburgh in July 2014, she spent one year on staff with UCO Belfast, followed by four years with UCO Ann Arbor, where she met and married her husband Ben. Steph learned everything she knows about cars (which is precious little) from her dad (who does know everything). She loves good design, good books, history, experimental cooking, hugging pillows, and general merriment.

 

Molly Kilpatrick
Executive Council

Molly is on her third year as a UCO Staffer and hails from Saint Paul, MN, where she grew up and was a member of Saint Paul’s Outreach, a sister outreach of UCO. Some of her favorite persons/places/things besides UCO are camping and campfires, reading, coffee, running, canoeing, her family, Jesus, listening to rain on a porch, love and loveliness, classical music, her other job at Kairos North America, and her husband – Alex Kilpatrick.

 

Alex Kilpatrick
Executive Council

Alex is a Michigander who got involved with UCO whilst living in the dorms at the University of Michigan. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Cell & Molecular Biology, he moved up to Lansing, where he has been on staff with UCO for the past 6 years. Alex enjoys reading and playing just about any sport. He oversees the UCO chapter in Lansing, the Summer Academy and other regional events, and helps with some of the new UCO chapters in the region.

 

Noel Delgadillo
Executive Council

Noel Armando Delgadillo was born and raised in Miami. He received his B.S. in Liberal Arts from Florida International University. He has been serving and working for UCO since the Fall of 2006. He currently serves as the Chapter Director at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. After experiencing the deep and transformative love of Christ and wanting to give back to Him and others what he had freely received, Noel started doing mission work with a missionary brotherhood, the Servants of the Word. Interests: pushing the limits, soccer, coffee, building community, polar plunges, music, the Psalms, laughing, Founder’s breakfast stout…

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