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Promise Keepers founder says CIY conference sparked life-long passion —

By CIY Staff

Created on 09/25/2018

The call that David Roadcup experienced on his life while at Christ In Youth’s first summer conference in 1970 is one that has reverberated in ways he never would have expected.

His Kingdom worker service over the years have allowed him to impact millions of lives through work as a founder and long-time director of Promise Keepers, and as a professor at Cincinnati Christian University.


He also has served as a trustee for CIY for many years, further impacting young lives for the Kingdom in places all over the world. That passion, in many ways, was sparked during that first conference in 1970.


“CIY is the ‘driving engine’ to connect with and encourage the young people of our movement towards Christ and commitment to leadership ministry and missions involvement,” Roadcup said. “I have seen the Lord use CIY in a powerful way through the years and am committed to our ministry.”


Roadcup has penned numerous articles and several books. In addition to serving on the CIY board, he also serves the boards for Christian Arabic Services and Serving Arabic Leaders Training.


Today, Roadcup is a professor of discipleship and global outreach representative with TCM International Institute. He has spoken in 37 states and five countries – always with a passion for discipling – and maintains his connection to a passage in the book of Colossians, claiming it is his personal ministry mission statement.


"So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me." – Colossians 1:28-29 (NLT).


Roadcup said he prays for the youth attending CIY events – hoping they develop a “motivation to a deeper love for Jesus and a more significant commitment to service and obedience.”


CIY’s board of trustees is made up of 13 members, all of whom volunteer their time and resources to further the mission of CIY, as well as serve as spiritual leaders in their own communities.