|Missed call from mom helped push FC grad toward his calling|
When former Floyd Central student Chris Glotzbach left home to attend school at Ball State University he admits his faith wasn’t where it needed to be.
A missed call from his mom, gave him a push in the right direction and now he is raising money to work in Campus ministry at BSU.
Glotzbach said on his first Sunday on campus, he woke up and had several missed calls, two of which were from his mom.
“I called her to see what was going on and she said, ‘you better find a church to go to!’ then she just hung up the phone,” he said.
At that point, Glotzbach said he got up, wanting to please his mom, and walked to the only church on campus he knew of that met on Sunday mornings.
“My plan was to go, check it out and sneak out the back door without being spotted,” he said. “The plan was working out and I almost made it out the back of the building when someone grabbed my arm.”
Glotzbach, who is the son of Bill and Tina Glotzbach of Lanesville, said the hand that grabbed him belonged to the church’s pastor, Carl Frost.
“He introduced himself and asked if he could meet with me,” Glotzbach said. “We ended up grabbing lunch together the following Wednesday. He just shared his heart about the ministry and why they were there. Then he invited me to a Thursday night Bible study, but that’s where I drew the line. I told him as a freshman I had too much on my plate and wasn’t looking to add anything else.”
The pastor didn’t push, but did ask for permission to contact Glotzbach once a week to just remind him about the study.
“He stuck to his word and every Thursday he’d call or text me about this Bible study,” Glotzbach said. “Every Thursday I’d come up with a different excuse and some of them were pretty lame.”
After a month of telling the pastor no thank you, Glotzbach said a particular invitation he turned down left him feeling convicted, so he agreed to go.
Frost picked Glotzbach up at his dorm room and took him to the Bible study.
“There were about 20 students there who were diving deeper into the word of God,” he said. “So I started attending and that led me to attending the church regularly and getting more involved there.”
As a sophomore, Glotzbach was given a few leadership opportunities within the church. Those opportunities combined with a diligent attempt to help his roommates see the importance of a relationship with Christ in their lives, were what led Glotzbach to his calling.
“I moved off campus after freshman year and in with four guys who were not interested at all in knowing who Jesus was,” he said. “My hope was to be able to share the gospel with them, to be able to live my life in such a way that they would ask questions about why I was acting different.
“They were living the typical college life. About a year went by with me sharing my faith and them declining.”
That continued until a basketball ministry was started junior year and his roommates accepted an invitation to play.
Glotzbach said he knows they were only coming for the basketball, but one of them eventually began to ask questions.
Frost used a similar approach on Shane Missi (also a Floyd Central alum), that he did with Glotzbach.
“He (Frost) invited Shane to lunch and he agreed to do it, but only if I was part of it too,” Glotzbach said. “The three of us met the following Wednesday, but that’s not where it ended, we met for the next 15 weeks and it became a regular meeting for us. We would sit down and talk about life, but we also walked through the Bible together and we would answer Shane’s questions about who Jesus was.
“The very last week we were going to meet, Carl asked Shane ‘What is preventing you from giving your life to Jesus Christ?’ Shane sat in silence for a while, looking at me and looking at Carl and said, ‘Nothing, that’s what I want to do!’ He ended up giving his life to the Lord.”
In that moment, Glotzbach said God made His call clear -- ministering to college-aged young people.
“Now, my hope and my prayer, is to become a pastor at a campus-centered church,” Glotzbach said.
In the mean time, Glotzbach, who graduated from BSU in May, is working to raise funds to support his work on the Ball State campus while he attends graduate school.
“We have an opportunity to reach the future leaders of our community, the future teachers, the future mom and dads and business people and tell them Jesus is the only way,” he said, “and completely changes the trajectory of their lives.”
Within the next five years Glotzbach said the hope is to plant a church like the one he attended at Ball State at a university that does not currently have one – he said they are praying about opportunities at IU Blooming ton and possibly the University of Louisville.
“We are exploring those possibilities, but that’s not up to us,” he said. “We are praying about where God would lead us.”
Glotzbach would be working through three organizations, The Revolution Campus Church at Ball State and Collegiate, which is the group that sponsors campus churches from as far west as USC to as far east as Virginia Tech.
The third group is an organization called Reliant. That is the mission agency, which Glotzbach said prepares and equips him with everything he needs to be mobilized for the great commission.
There are several ways to help Glotzbach in fulfilling his call in the college-aged ministry.
He said the first and most important way to help is by prayer. Glotzbach asked for prayer for himself and for college-aged ministry, not just at Ball State, but around the world.
The second way to help is by sponsoring him financially.
The third and final way is by inviting him to your church or group to share his story about the work God has done and is continuing to do.
For more information, or to schedule an opportunity for him to come and share, call 812-987-7883.
“I can’t do this alone,” he said. “I am relying on God and I am also relying on other people to potentially partner with us.”