CCO: 50 Years of Transformation

New Anniversary Website Commemorates CCO: Remembering the Past; Looking to the Future

April 12, 2021

PITTSBURGH — As part of the year long celebration of their 50th anniversary, Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)has unveiled a commemorative website that remembers the past and looks ahead to the future.

“The context for what we do [at CCO] is a little different than it was five decades ago,” explained Dan Dupee, former Chairman of the Board for CCO. “There are similarities. Students are still curious; the cement is still wet. It’s an important developmental time. If there are differences, [it is because] this is a different day and age. What has not changed is the Gospel and the need of human beings to be seen by their Creator—to be pursued by Him and to be brought into the family of the living God.”

The website focuses on CCO’s core mission of Gospel, Church and Vision, while weaving in testimonies, artifacts, and photos. The website provides an online collection of how CCO has transformed generations of college students by the power of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, in partnership with the local church, reaching the world for the glory of God.

“Our 50th anniversary is for retelling the story of God’s faithfulness,” said Paul Harbison, director of experiential designs for CCO. “It’s taking a moment to stop, to turn around and survey the landscape behind us in order to see the fingerprints of God over all of it. We discover that God is not afraid of frailties and limitations of His creatures, His people, His leaders in Nehemiah 9—that people are often able to offer praise in the midst of repentance because they saw and then experienced God’s faithfulness.

“This focused effort of looking back [at CCO’s 50th anniversary] is to give consideration, to intentionally examine, to scrutinize for the purpose of seeing what is behind us, where we have been [and] what is the wake that is left behind.”

Visitors to the website will have the opportunity to witness Testimonies of Faith, such as

Jannel Lee-Allen, who said, “Being involved in the CCO’s ministry opened up my whole college experience. I grew in my relationship and view of God, in my understanding of what God is doing in the world, and how God was calling me to be me in the world.”

In addition to the testimonies, visitors can take a moment to recognize the many shoulders that ministry members stand on by perusing theCCO Archives found on the commemorative website.

The college and university campus are the most strategic mission fields in the world, with only 2% of students being reached with the Gospel. CCO partners with local church congregations to help students feel a sense of belonging. A community is formed between the CCO staff and students, who are invited into the lives of local congregations. Through this community of fellowship, CCO is able to minister to the students in a life-changing way.

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To interview Dan Dupee or for more information about the Coalition for Christian Outreach, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.