InterVarsity/USA's History

InterVarsity dates its official beginning to November 14, 1941. We operated with three staff on loan from InterVarsity Canada, with Stacey Woods leading both the U.S. and Canadian movements.


The roots of our movement are with students at the University of Cambridge, England in 1877. There, a group of Christian students began to meet together, in spite of the disapproval of some University officials, to pray, to study the Bible, and to share their faith with fellow students. Soon, similar groups sprang up on other campuses. Eventually, they formed the British Inter-Varsity. (Hence our name, inter – meaning between, varsity – the British term for college level students.)


From the very beginning, they had a strong concern to take the gospel to those all over the world who had never heard it – a concern that continues to drive InterVarsity today. Evangelism and discipleship are hallmarks of InterVarsity's campus ministry.

Today, Tom Lin is InterVarsity's president and there are more than 1,000 InterVarsity staff serving more than 40,000 students and faculty on 600+ campuses nationwide. In addition we produce training materials, camps, books, and media tools which serve both church and campus. Our work touches every kind of student including graduate students, as well as faculty. We are seeking to build witnessing communities on the campus which are bold, broad, and ethnically diverse.


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Purpose Statement


The purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UC Davis is to establish and advance witnessing communities of students and faculty at UC Davis who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord. We seek to grow in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.

We believe in:


The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,

existing eternally in three persons
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit full of love and glory.


The unique divine inspiration,
entire trustworthiness
and authority of the Bible.


The value and dignity of all people:
created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.


Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,
who lived as a perfect example,
who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place,
and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.


Justification by God’s grace to all who repent
and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.


The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit,
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.


The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ,
manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches
making disciples throughout the world.


The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ,
who will judge all people with justice and mercy,
giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation
but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.


To God be glory forever.

Doctrinal Basis

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