Judah Renfro '20
Business Administration and Marketing
Resident Director of Kendall Hall
Senior Judah Renfro, a business administration and marketing major from Blue Mound, Illinois, was led by his faith to attend MacMurray College.
“During my senior year of high school, I was praying about it, and I just believed that God spoke to me and told me I needed to be at MacMurray College,” Renfro said. “I was like, ‘ok, cool,’ and I haven’t looked back. It has been a great experience.”
Renfro has been a big part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on campus and has helped build it to “give it some more momentum,” Renfro said. “I started my own bible studies in Norris Hall which is the freshmen dormitory here on campus, and it has been a great experience to preach the gospel while being here.”
As for his future plans, Renfro really enjoys serving and preaching the gospel to junior high and high school students, a path that, he’s realized, is leading him towards youth ministry.
“It really didn’t hit me until earlier this summer on what I really want to do with my life, but I believe that youth ministry is where I need to be,” Renfro said. “It’s where my heart is and that’s what I’m going to push forward for; that’s what I’m going to strive to accomplish.”
His experience mentoring young students at MacMurray has helped him grow and encouraged him to follow his call. “Working as an RA in the freshmen dorm has really helped prepare me for my future in youth ministry,” Renfro said. “Because, let’s be real, freshmen first get out of high school and get some freedom, they tend to do silly things and being that mentor for them has been a good experience.”
Renfro also points to the bible study programs he leads as great learning experiences for him to practice his vocation. “Those have been awesome. I think that has really prepared me to be a youth pastor somewhere, and then also just kind of building our FCA program a little bit and giving it some more headwind and some momentum has been a great experience.”
Another learning experience for Renfro was his internship with The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois in Urbana. “It was incredible, I served as an intern in the revolution ministry which is the youth ministry there,” Renfro said. “It was just awesome. The youth pastor Samuel Warden really taught me a lot and I was able to do so many different things.”
Renfro had the opportunity to set up a conference in June that more than 200 students attended. “This was the first conference like this that the church has ever had, so to have this good of a turnout was awesome,” Renfro said. “It was a fantastic experience.”
Renfro added, “This internship was life changing, I had a lot of good experiences there. I couldn’t imagine where I would be if I wasn’t able to have this type of real-world experience.”