About Cru

When Bill and Vonette Bright first launched Campus Crusade for Christ as a campus ministry in 1951, the underlying concept was to "win the campus today and change the world tomorrow." More than 50 years later, the mission remains the same.

Today, the campus ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ is a network of vibrant, growing movements on 1,029 campuses in the United States and beyond. Proven and diverse outreach strategies expose millions of students to the gospel each year. Over the past five years, more than 37,900 students made a decision to become a Christian.

Cru Campus

There are over 110 million college students around the world. This represents only a small percentage of the world's population, the "powerful percent." These are the future leaders of the nations. WSN is the international effort of the campus ministry to serve the nations of the world in reaching college students.

Campus Crusade for Christ International

The campus ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ is part of a family of 60 ministries under Campus Crusade for Christ International based in Orlando, Florida . Dr. Bill Bright founded the ministry in 1951 at UCLA. Campus Crusade for Christ now has 26,000 full time staff and 550,000 trained volunteers worldwide serving on campuses and in community based ministries in 191 countries. The goal of the campus ministry is to help reach the 110 million college students of the world with the message of the gospel. To learn more about the other ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ International visit www.cru.org .


Campus Crusade for Christ was founded by Bill and Vonette Bright at UCLA in 1951. One year later, Bill Bright wrote The Four Spiritual Laws- likely the most widely distributed religious booklet in history, with approximately 2.5 billion printed to date.

By 1960, Campus Crusade was established on 40 campuses in the United States and in two other countries. During the 1960's the ministry began conducting international Christmas conferences and summer mission projects.

In 1983, a major event called KC'83 was held in Kansas City that drew 17,000 college students. Almost a decade later, in 1991, Campus Crusade relocated its headquarters from California to Orlando, FL.

US News & World Report rated Campus Crusade as the top religious charity in the United States in 1995. Money magazine ranked the ministry as the most "efficient" religious ministry in the U.S. in 1996.

By the year 2000, Campus Crusade for Christ International , the parent organization for the college ministry, had more than 24,000 full time staff members, and more than 500,000 trained volunteers serving in 191 countries. Founder Bill Bright passed the leadership torch to new president Steve Douglass, formerly executive vice president and director of U.S. Ministries in 2001.

Statement of Faith

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of our movement, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us.