PAUL & STEPHANIE BILLINGS
Staff Role & Campus: Executive Director
Hometown: Memphis, TN (Paul) & Westminister, MD (Steph)
I (Paul) attended Elon University in North Carolina for college, where my life was significantly impacted through the ministry of Campus Outreach. It was through life-on-life discipleship and the experience of ministering to my fraternity brothers in college that the Lord deepened my burden for building laborers on the campus. After graduating, I had the chance to join the CODC team as we launched the ministry at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. A year later I married Steph, who had been serving on staff with Campus Outreach in Charlotte. We have two little girls, Emma and Ainsley (not pictured), who bring so much joy to our family and our team. We currently live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and are privileged to lead the Campus Outreach DC staff team out of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In addition to leading our team, I am also pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Staff Role & Campus: Resource Staff
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Testimony: Although I was raised in church and thought myself a Christian, I followed a works-based religion where my relationship with God was based on my goodness. It wasn't until I prepared for college that God convicted me that I wasn't the standard of good and that He was. He revealed my sin to me, and caused me to question what it really meant to believe that "Jesus died for my sins," a phrase I mentally acknowledged but, if I was honest, had no true understanding of what it meant. When I arrived at the George Washington University in the fall of 2010, I met a CO staff woman, Amy, and she invited me to lunch and Bible studies. Through a study in the gospel of Mark, Jesus confirmed that indeed, I was a sinner with no natural goodness inside of me, and any outward sin was just a consequence of a bad heart inside (Mark 7:15). However, Jesus' words that he came not for the righteous but sinners (Mark 2:17) were only then understood fully with my mind and my heart, because I finally saw that I needed a Savior and was hopeless without one, but Jesus gave himself as a perfect sacrifice for me so that I could know God. Sometime that fall, I believe I truly repented and placed my faith in Jesus, and have spent the last 6 years since working out my salvation and growing a greater love for God, evidenced by my striving to give my life away on the college campus and with my whole life.
Interesting fact: I am married to my dearest friend and biggest supporter, David :)
Staff Role & Campus: Financial Support Manager
Hometown: Washington, DC
Testimony: The summer of my sophomore year at Georgetown University, I met with a Campus Outreach staff member and saw the gospel drawn out before me in a bridge diagram. I learned that people are sinners by nature and have rebelled against a just and righteous God, and the only way our relationship with God can be made right is in Christ Jesus, who came in the form of man and chose to lay down His life for those who would believe in Him. However, I still did not understand the truth that “Christ is my Savior;” the Gospel did not mean much to me.
During my junior year of college I attended the Campus Outreach New Year’s conference, and one of the pastors recommended a book called Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer; so I read it. God changed my heart; it was at this time that I truly turned from my sins and trusted in Christ alone for my salvation. God used that book to clearly present to me the Gospel and detailed that the Christian’s response to the Gospel is to “go and make disciple of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19). Now, I want to share this truth with others, so that they can know Christ.
Interesting Fact: I am the oldest of seven girls and I love to dance :)
Staff Role & Campus: Staff Women’s Coordinator
Hometown: Hartselle, AL
Testimony: I was raised in a wonderful Christian home and my parents lovingly taught me the joy of knowing God through his word. From an early age, however, I feared death and judgement, and I was desperate for evidence that God loved me and approved of me. At a middle school church camp my counselor explained the gospel in a way that made sense to me for the first time. She described Christ's righteousness as covering my sin completely-- his record over mine meant that to God, I was pure and spotless. When I arrived as a freshman at George Washington University, I was eager to grow spiritually and was blessed to immediately meet a Campus Outreach staff person who began investing in me. Though I understood the gospel from a young age, it wasn’t until being discipled through Campus Outreach and a healthy church in college that I began to understand the implications on my life that Jesus reigns and that my greatest joy is found in bringing him glory. I became gripped by a passion for Jesus to be known and loved by others, which eventually led to working full-time on the college campus, sharing Christ with and discipling women for God’s glory!
Interesting fact: I studied Russian in college.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Director
Hometown: Chantilly, VA
Testimony: The son of a marine and government worker lent itself to a very transient youth. After finally landing in Northern Virginia my middle school and high school days were similar to most in that my objective was to fit in. Lo and behold, fitting in meant living and leading a life of sin. Despite my outright rebellion toward God, I lived under the illusion I was a Christian for many years. It wasn't until I got to Coastal Carolina that I first met a CO Staff guy who lived out his life for the Lord and shared the Gospel with me. The Lord used his perseverance and patience with me over time to call me to Himself. December 30th of 2006 I repented and believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Since then life has been a joy to labor for Christ wherever He has called me.
Interesting fact: Played college football.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Director at George Washington University
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Testimony: I was raised in a Christian household, but never fully understood the gospel until the summer of my freshman year in college. I enjoyed what Jesus gave me, but never understood that I needed him. At Campus Outreach’s Summer Beach Project I was convicted of how I was dead in my trespasses and needed to be raised to new life. In a moment of hopelessness, I saw Jesus as truly a Lord and Saviour and trusted in Him alone to give me life.
Interesting fact: I did a whole year of ministry with a torn ACL
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Staff at The George Washington University
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Testimony: I went to Catholic Church with my family all my life. Growing up, I never doubted God existed and I prayed to him every night but treated him more like a vending machine than my Lord. As I grew older, I placed my hope in things like sports and friendship and other’s acceptance of me.
In high school I was introduced to a ministry called Young Life. I was able to go on their winter retreat when I was a sophomore and for the first time in my life all the pieces of the Gospel came together. I came to understand that there is a great chasm between God and us and there is nothing we can do to bridge that gap. But because of God’s grace he gave us Jesus to reconcile us to God through his perfect life and sacrificial death. It was that weekend that God gave me the faith to place my hope of salvation in Christ alone.
Throughout the rest of high school, the Lord worked in tremendous ways through the ministry of Young Life and the local church. When I came to George Washington University, I quickly got involved in Campus Outreach and have been so blessed to grow in my love for the Lord, the gospel, others and the word. Through being discipled on campus, built up at my church Capitol Hill Baptist and trained through Summer Beach Projects, the Lord has been so sweet to remind me daily that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died so that I may live.
Fun Fact: I am one of six kids and three of my siblings are adopted from Russia.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Staff at The George Washington University
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Testimony: I spent the first 20 years of my life believing that I was a Christian. I thought Christianity was about being a good person, and I was a good person, at least in the eyes of man. Most people around me assumed that I was a Christian. However, I had no understanding of the Gospel, and no personal relationships with Jesus. It wasn't until my sophomore year at Kansas State University when I clearly remember hearing the Gospel for the first time. It was the first time I understood I have sinned against a Holy God. The summer after my sophomore year I repented and believed. I am exceedingly thankful for Gabe Glenger and Kasey Coad, the two guys who shared the Gospel with me. Now by God's grace, I desire to serve the Church, and those who have never heard about Jesus.
Fun Fact: I have arrested one person. (He deserved it).
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Staff at Georgetown University
Hometown: Houston, TX
Testimony: Two tendencies colored my childhood through high school years: indefatigable good-girl perfectionism on the one hand and an undercurrent of anxiety about my standing before God on the other. I labored to maintain the appearance of having it all together by excelling in academics, visual arts, and athletics—all for my own glory. My Sunday churchgoing and Bible study attendance became other platforms on which I could earn the praise of man. In my sin I was more content to be seen as godly than to actually know the Lord. All the while, I had a number of secret sins festering in my heart—pride, selfishness, and other lusts. I moved to DC to attend Georgetown University, and in God’s kindness my first friends were Christians who were part of Campus Outreach and Capitol Hill Baptist Church. It became evident early on that while we all called ourselves Christians, they actually loved God and His Word in a way that was foreign to me. God used these friends, CO Staff, and CHBC to draw me to actually reckon with the claims of Christ. As I read the Bible, God showed me the gravity of my sin before Him; moreover, God brought me to rejoice in the fact that Jesus had died the death I deserved and had been resurrected so that I could know Him intimately. Because of Jesus’ righteousness—and not my performance—God saved me, forgives me, and delights in me. Over these past few years, God has instilled in me a compelling love for His Word and a desire to teach others about the soul-satisfying beauty and glory of Jesus displayed therein.
Fun Fact: A handful of my close friends call me by some permutation of the nickname "Crispy Tina," such as Crispy, Crisp, Crispy Tuna, or Tuna.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Staff at Georgetown University
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Testimony: I was raised in a Christian home to faithful parents who patiently prayed for me and shared the gospel with me. At a young age, I understood myself to be a sinner and trusted in Christ to forgive my sins. Growing up, I struggled to understand why I continued to sin as a Christian and wondered how far God's forgiveness extended. I often thought that becoming a Christian meant that although my sins had been erased but that I was expected to be perfect from there on. But God remained faithful and continued to teach me that I am justified by grace through faith alone, not by any works at all. And "where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more" (Rom. 5:20). To the end of my days, I know that I will remain a debtor to mercy alone, owning no righteousness of my own of which I can boast, but boasting only in the righteousness of my savior, which is credited to me freely through faith.
Fun Fact: I have the strange super-power of being unable to lose at the board game Settlers of Catan.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Director at American University
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Testimony: I became a Christian in my senior year of high school through the ministry of Young Life. I came to George Washington Univ. a month later with a desire to know and follow God but with no idea how to do it. By God’s grace I randomly stumbled upon Campus Outreach’s first ever meeting at GW and I began regularly attending their weekly meetings and Bible studies. I met up with the Campus Director almost every day and he taught me how to read the bible, pray, evangelize, and live as a Christian in college. I am now blessed to have the opportunity to be the Campus Director at AU and to labor to make disciples!
Interesting fact: I played baseball at GW.
Staff Role & Campus: Campus Staff at American University
Hometown: Duluth, GA
Testimony: When I went off to college at George Washington University, I considered myself a Christian but knew very little about who Jesus was. I was looking forward to competing Division 1 gymnastics and becoming best friends with my teammates, but when my own plans fell through I quickly became disappointed and frustrated. In the beginning of my sophomore year of college I met a CO Staff girl, Lauren Wolfe, who began faithfully reading the Bible with me and explaining the purpose of the cross. I attended the National New Years Conference in 2011 where I heard great Gospel teaching, and God allowed me to see my deep sin against him and how Jesus had paid it all. The Lord brought me to himself during the conference, and I started to understand how my purpose and greatest joy would be to live for God’s glory.
Interesting Fact: My bone density is in the 100th percentile
Staff Role & Campus: Contingent Campus Staff
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Testimony: Throughout my upbringing, I had been firmly rooted in the church. My parents were very active in ministry even before I was born. My father was a minister, and my mother was a part of a plethora of ministries in the church. During this part of my life, I only attended church because I had to, not because I wanted to. I said I believed in the gospel, but my actions said otherwise. I had no true desire to serve Christ as Lord and Savior until the age of seventeen. “Where does your Identity Rest?”, was the message of a sermon that God used to bring me to Himself. From then on, I began to truly walk with the Lord, until I approached my freshman year at Howard University. I came up with a foolish ideology, that may be typical among college students who have grown up in the church. I told my self “Do everything that this college life has to offer to the fullest, until your senior year, then come back to serving Him.” Oh how foolish was it think that I could put God on hold for the sins of the world! But I did just that. During the second semester of my sophomore year, the Lord began drawing me back to Himself. I was at the pit of my sin, and by grace, Christ decided to come down into the pit, after I had abandoned Him for the vanities of the world. The weight of my sin was becoming more and more real to me. I was deliberately sinning against a holy, and imperishable God, for a perishable world. As a result, I repented of my sins, and placed my full trust in Christ.
Interesting fact: I enjoy street art, and listening to hip-hop instrumentals.