InterVarsity traces its roots to a movement of British university students in the 1870s. The first InterVarsity chapter in the United States began in 1938 at the University of Michigan. Since InterVarsity was incorporated in 1941, thousands of students have become thoughtful representatives of God’s kingdom and have moved into leadership roles in churches, organizations, corporations and agencies around the world. Currently nationally, InterVarsity is serving more than 40,000 students and faculty through over 950 chapters on more than 600 college and university campuses nationwide.
InterVarsity at Texas Southern University (“TSU IV”) was birthed out of a decision made at Urbana 2012, and three years later the ministry has flourished. On February 18, 2014 Texas Southern University became the twenty-fourth school and the FIRST historically black college and university (HBCU) in the Red River Region (Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma) with at least one InterVarsity chapter. Texas Southern University also joined other HBCUs around the nation such as Jackson State, Shaw University, and Atlantic University Center schools, increasing the national HBCU InterVarsity presence to ten chapters. Never has there ever been an InterVarsity chapter at any of the thirteen HBCU’s in the region, making this an historic moment in Red River InterVarsity history. In addition to being the first HBCU InterVarsity chapter, Texas Southern will establish the third Black Campus Ministries (BCM) chapter in Red River.
Since inception the ministry has experienced great joy and loss, but even so God continues to bless. With a core membership of over 30 students, trained student leadership, numerous student-led small groups, and a growing reach of the campus, God is truly at work through this ministry at Texas Southern. Transform. Serve. Change. That’s what we hope to see not only at Texas Southern, but as TSU IV serves as a catalyst to BCM chapter plants, or start-ups, at other HBCUs and schools around the region, and on mission to reach all ethnic groups for the kingdom extends to the Asian, Latino, International, and other students at Texas Southern.