College Ministry

Austin Pfrimmer

Crowder College

Ministry: Crowder BSU
Role: Campus Missionary
Mission Statement
The vision for the BSU at Crowder College is to build a community that serves its students in the same ways that a church serves its congregation, through Worship, Teaching, Fellowship, Evangelism, and Service. Our aim is to help students gauge their spiritual lives and to offer focused discipleship and training in spiritual gifts, with the goal of providing suitable opportunities to use those spiritual gifts in campus ministry, mission trips, and other evangelistic activities. Through these functions, each student will be trained to be disciples who make disciples of Jesus Christ, with the goal of sharing His gospel with the world.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a Campus Missionary
When I was 17, the Holy Spirit burdened my soul for the Christians around me that claimed Christ but really didn't know Him or His word. Though untrained and naive, I felt led to start a b=Bible study for my Christian classmates that was focused on digging deeper into God's word and thus, digging deeper into our relationship with God.

It was through leading this study that the Lord called me to ministry. Ever since that time I have been compelled to preach the gospel and desperately passionate about discipleship. This calling led me to Southwest Baptist University, where I graduated with a Christian Ministry degree. By that time, I had gone on mission to Africa and had the privilege of preaching the gospel in mountain villages. Jesus brought six people to salvation through the preaching of His gospel on that trip—glory be to God—and it was through this success that I found a new boldness for preaching.

After getting married, my wife and I were eager to take this boldness to a new mission field in Asia but were unable to go because of the Covid-19 pandemic. After a year of waiting, my calling to ministry began to wear at my soul, and my wife's heart for lost people continued to ache. It was during this time that my wife and I realized we had made a mistake in waiting for a grandiose mission field overseas while a plentiful harvest was just a couple hours away from us in Noel, Missouri. Through prayer and prompting, we responded to a call to move to Noel and serve the will of the Lord. We didn't know where we were going to live, how we were going to make an income, or what ministry we were even going to do; we just knew that we were called.

Two years later, my wife and I have been provided for beyond what words could describe. Most importantly, we have been given tremendous ministry opportunities in southwest Missouri. I now serve as the Associate Pastor at Community Baptist Church in Noel, and my wife is responsible for a food pantry that provides a meal, groceries, and a constant and clear gospel presentation to hundreds every two weeks. Grace upon grace, I'm now the BSU Director for Crowder College, a ministry that perfectly aligns with my original calling to ministry and the passion and desperation for Christian discipleship that has burdened my soul since I was 17.
What do you love about doing ministry on your campus?
2023 is my first year serving Crowder College as the BSU Director. I have worked for Crowder for the last year and a half as an ESL/AEL instructor. I am continually impressed by Crowder's compassion, interest, and care for its students and faculty, and am especially proud of the core values that are represented throughout the campus.

Tell us about yourself and your family.
Outside of my ministry, I’m currently employed as an AEL instructor with Crowder College, and I’m also an assistant basketball coach with Southwest Christian Rangers in my free time. You may find me fishing wherever the bass bite, driving long distances to play basketball, or playing video games with friends. I’m joined in life and ministry by my gracious wife, Chloe (m. 2020). She is delightful, absolutely pleasant, and demonstrates her love for me and for others passionately.
What do you hope to see happen on your campus/within your ministry in the next few years?
Prayerfully, the BSU will become a place where students receive edification and encouragement with the goal of providing them with more gospel opportunities. The hope is that the gospel permeates everything the BSU does, and that students are given more opportunities to share the gospel on campus.
What are some of the things your ministry does?
We are currently improving the BSU facility to simply make it more comfortable and more enjoyable to spend time in. This includes updating the student lounge. The BSU goes on several retreats and mission trips each year, and we are hoping to specifically increase the number and type of mission trips we plan. Students can expect to find increased ways to connect with the BSU through updated social media and website, new campus events, and more within the next year.