As James Choung becomes InterVarsity's Evangelism Director this month, he becomes head of a vigorous, innovative movement. That's quite different from 13 years ago when Terry Erickson, his predecessor, was appointed to fill a position that had been vacant for several years.
Terry remembered his first assignment: to attend Amsterdam 2000, an evangelism conference sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was surprised that InterVarsity was not represented among the hundreds of speakers and wanted to make InterVarsity known for evangelism once again. "We were absent," he said. "I decided to raise the evangelism temperature in InterVarsity."
One of Terry's first decisions was to build on one of InterVarsity's strengths, Bible study. He coined a new name, GIGs (Groups Investigating God) that would be more attractive to nonbelievers than Evangelistic Bible Studies, and developed new study materials.