He didn’t want a stage or a microphone. Rather, hearing students share from their hearts in front of hundreds of their peers was enough for Mike Eddins.
RenewU marked the first official project for Eddins, the new men’s chaplain.
Eddins said he’s looking forward to helping men become the men that God intends for them to be.
“It’s very simple in a sense,” he said. “But that’s the core. That’s what a lot of men are missing. They just want to know who God wants them to be.”
His duties as men’s chaplain started immediately at the start of the spring semester. On top of helping with RenewU, he’s started interviewing students for chaplain positions.
“I have multiple positions to fill,” Eddins said. “And those are scholarship positions. Since there hasn’t been a men’s chaplain, there’s men on this campus that haven’t been able to get a scholarship because [no one could] interview them.”
Since students have graduated or moved schools, some floors have lost their chaplains. One of Eddins’ main goals is to fill every position as soon as possible. He also wants to get to know all the current chaplains.
As men’s chaplain, Eddins helps oversee the Prayer Movement and the operations of the Prayer Tower. He meets and mentors the male head chaplains.
“I want to make an atmosphere that’s going to catapult men into what God has called them to [be],” Eddins said. “That’s unique for every person.”
Eddins owns his own non-profit business called Potter’s Hand Ministries. His work there gave him experience with mentoring men.
“We do different ministry projects including traveling, [raising] expenses for traveling and expenses for meeting with guys,” Eddins said. “It’s specifically a spiritual formation ministry. It aims to treat one on one [through] meetings and discipleship.”
He also teaches a philosophy class at Tulsa Community College and recently left a full time job at Harvest Bank.
“[I would mentor guys] on my lunch breaks, evenings and weekends with my other jobs for about ten years,” Eddins said. “That experience makes the job as the men’s chaplain at ORU like falling off a log. It’s what I do; now, I just do it more.”
Eddins said he wants to “face men’s issues head-on.”
“‘How do we let God love us? Are we worthy to be loved by God? Does God really care about what I do?’” Eddins said. “Those are the kind of things that have gotten lost over the years. The culture we have around us [can push] men out those boxes into some other stuff.”
As Eddins works toward his goals as men’s chaplain, he said he enjoys his work environment and working with Chaplain Carol Holderness. One of Eddins’ goals is to help students know when God is speaking to them.
“That’s powerful,” Eddins said. “That can be as powerful as anything. The question is, knowing what God is saying. That being a part of ORU’s vision, it’s a part of mine.”