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Church Cross

Our Mission

To challenge and train students at Western Colorado University to know, love and glorify God, relying upon Him to develop qualified disciplemakers that will spread the gospel of Jesus Christ from Western to the ends of the earth.

Click below to learn more about who we are.

Interested in Christian Challenge?

To get connected with WCU Christian Challenge, click the link below.


Meetings and Activities

Click below for a breakdown of our weekly meetings, weekend activities and other opportunities to learn about and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul the Apostle

"Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us."
1 Thessalonians 2:8 NASB



Joe Ricks


Joe has served with Christian Challenge since 1992. He started as a student leader, then staff, and eventually became Director in 1998. He graduated from Western in 1994 with a degree in history. He met his wife, Angela, in Christian Challenge. He leads our weekly meetings, men's Bible study and disciples men one-on-one.


Angela Ricks


Angela graduated from Western in 1994.  She serves alongside her husband in ministry by leading women's Bible study, discipling students and planning events.  Angela loves working with students one-on-one and having people over to her home. She enjoys hiking, walking with friends and just being outside.


If you're not sure where to start or looking for ways to share your faith, check out our list of resources to help you in every step of your walk with God.

Contact Christian Challenge

Get in touch with Christian Challenge Collegiate Ministries to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

523 N. Pine Street Gunnison, CO 81230

Joe Ricks 970-596-6827 / Angela Ricks 970-417-8382

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