College Student Weekend

Jul 05, 2024 to Jul 07, 2024
This weekend event encourages and equips Anabaptists who are attending college and university.

At College Student Weekend, we reflect on what it means to be a conservative Christian student at college.  How does your Anabaptism shape you as a college student? How do your studies shape you as an Anabaptist?

We gather to explore our calling to humility and faithfulness in education. We talk about the issues raised at many campuses, hear from each other, and enjoy God's presence. Attendees share their stories in small groups and pray for one another. Speakers, staff, and students mix for times of food, fellowship, and recreation. We seek to nurture a faithful, reverent pursuit of learning that deepens love for God and equips us to serve his people.

2023 program


  • Secular Exhaustion and Christian Hope: Becoming Truly Human in an Anti-Human World   Josh Nisley

Breakout sessions include:

  • Loving Truth: How to Approach Data Reasonably Abigail Wingard, librarian
  • Science as a Cultural Phenomenon John Mark Kuhns, teacher
  • When Pseudoscience Rules Curvin Gordon, ER physician
  • Walking the Valley: Supporting Patients and Families in Death Ryan Hoover, RN and Mountain View administrator
  • Faith, Formation, and College: A Personal Reflection Wendell Glick, composer
  • Flannery O’Connor and the Unsettling of the Self: An Uncomfortable Invitation Lori Eby, housewife and lover of literature
  • Responding to Identity Confusion John Coblentz, author and pastor
  • Schoolwork as Soulwork: Simone Weil and the Spiritual Potential of Study Josh Nisley, literature instructor

General Information

We look forward to a stimulating and refreshing weekend!

Who: We welcome applications from full-time and part-time college and university students currently in school and/or planning to begin a program in the next academic year.  Registration priority is given to full-time students and students who are currently in school and will continue their studies next year.

Where: Faith Builders hosts the College Student Weekend at the River Ridge Mansion, an early-20th-century mansion built by an oil baron near Franklin, PA.

When: College Student Weekend 2023 begins on the afternoon of Friday, July 7, and continues through lunch on Sunday, July 9.

Cost: The cost of attendance is $230 per person, including two nights of lodging and five meals. The event is limited to 48 participants. Registration is required.