Dennis and Julie Runner

Living Faith Baptist Church Charlotte/Elston Family Church Lafayette, Indiana

Collegiate/University Missionary
West Lafayette Indiana
Living Faith Baptist Church Charlotte/Elston Family Church Lafayette
September 20

About My Family

Dennis was born and raised in Augusta, Ga. Julie was born and raised in Sebring, Fla. We were both born into active church-serving families. The Lord saved both of us as children, but we have had to grow in that salvation for sure. We met at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., in Dennis' freshmen year. We were married in 1993 and remained in Dayton. We moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 1998 for a job. While in college, the Lord put a call on our hearts for missions, but we understood little about God's timing. We accepted this call in 2009. It has been a wonderful and terrifying journey.
The Lord has blessed us with four incredible children: Rebekah, Katie, Emily and Nathan. We are excited to see where the Lord will lead them in their lives! 

About My Ministry

International Campus Ministry (ICM) was a pioneer ministry. We began ICM in November 2011. We worked alongside the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), which has been ministering at Purdue University since 1962. In January, 2020, the BCM and ICM merged and re-branded as Launch Campus Ministry. We are still overseeing the international student emphasis of Launch. We seek to introduce as many international students to Jesus as possible, along with training and mobilizing Christian international and domestic students to catch this vision and to introduce the local church to this God-sized opportunity.

Through this journey, we have even been given opportunities to train other churches and members around Indiana to seek out international student friends. Dennis is also currently serving on the International Team of BCNet. 

Support the Local Ministry of

Dennis and Julie Runner

Ministry Fund ID 009612-Runner,Dennis
This contribution is made with the understanding that The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc. has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds, and gifts received above the specific need will be used in similar areas where the need is greatest.


For God to continually teach us to pray more and to rely on Him more. For boldness in sharing the gospel with the international students we encounter. For the Lord to add more Christian students from the U.S. and around the world to our ministry. For the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of the students with whom we engage and share the gospel. For wisdom in the balance of family and ministry life. For God's financial support of our family and ministry. For opportunities to share, teach and encourage churches around Indiana and around the country about this strategic global opportunity.


Pray for us and those who volunteer alongside us. We are open to mission teams coming. We would prefer that you send a vision team first. Support us as a prayer and financial partner.
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Fund ID: 009612-Runner,Dennis