Who are we?
United Campus Ministry has been an Aggie tradition for 80 years. This ministry dates back to the formation of the Presbyterian Student Ministry begun in 1928 at the all-male, military college then known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. It was started without a facility or worship space and shortly grew to between 75-100 men who were required by the university at the time to gather for prayer and Bible study. In response to this growth, the Presbyterian Synod of Texas established two parishes for ministry to the two universities of Texas. Out of this effort, University Presbyterian Church in Austin was established adjacent to the University of Texas campus and A&M Presbyterian Church was established adjacent to the Texas A&M University campus.
Due to divergent philosophies in campus ministry, the Presbyterian Student Ministry located in an old banking facility away from A&M Presbyterian Church in 1961. It was at this time that Presbyterian campus ministries all over Texas began to take a stronger role in social action and ecumenism. The A&M ministry would now include the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) and the United Churches of Christ in their common work under the name "United Campus Christian Life Fellowship."
In 1976, UCCF moved back to A&M Presbyterian Church and merged with L.I.G.H.T. (Love is God's Heavenly Torch) which met at A&M Presbyterian as well. In 1977, under the leadership of Michael Miller, the group changed its name to United Campus Ministry and grew in numbers and programming. The programming has continued its roots of prayer, fellowship and Bible study while also seeking to reach out in mission and promote leadership development. In 2000, with the sale of the A&M Presbyterian Church property, United Campus Ministry is currently meeting in the facilities owned by St. Thomas Episcopal Church.