The Lubbock Christian University community reaches far beyond just the campus and the city of Lubbock. As students go out in the world, they have the chance to make a larger impact through service, business, and faith.
Jerry Harris, chairman of the LCU Board of Trustees, feels that equipping students to go into the world is part of his calling. “I pray every day and ask God that He’ll help us to recruit and train students to go out into the world and be victorious in the world,” he said. “I want to do what I can to prepare these students – to help them be successful not as man describes it, but as God describes it.”
Harris himself recently experienced the reach of the LCU community when House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited his cotton gin, King Mesa Gin in Lamesa.
The congressman and secretary traveled to Texas with a two-fold purpose: Thursday they toured the Houston area to evaluate how Hurricane Harvey had affected agriculture in South Texas, and Friday they drove back through Texas to meet with representatives from the National Cotton Council and Lamesa Cotton Growers at King Mesa Gin. Harris gathered a small committee to take them for a tour around the gin.
King Mesa is unique in Texas due to the DNA tagging technology it uses. Tags on the cotton help retailers and consumers track the product when it leaves the gin. It is the first gin in Texas to utilize the technology and the sixth in the country.
Secretary Perdue was also interested in hearing issues the cotton industry faces and how to potentially address those problems. After the tour, he met with the gathered representatives. Harris has a long relationship with the USDA after working with the federal farms programs in Texas under several executive administrations, so he understands some of the federal perspective.
Harris feels that this open communication can encourage change. His goal to change lives was one of the things that drew him to LCU. He has served on the Board of Trustees since the 80s and has been chairman for almost 20 years, since 1998.
Harris’ influence stretches beyond the Board of Trustees, beyond even King Mesa Gin. He allows God to work through him to make an impact and encourages students to do the same. Though their influence may be different than meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture, Harris believes everyone has a unique strength they bring to the table.
“Everybody is important, everybody has something to contribute. The way each person does their job at LCU goes a long way toward ministering and recruiting students. Our goal is to change lives. And I’ve seen students who have had their lives change,” Harris said.