Why Oklahoma State?
About two years ago several Oklahoma State University students asked us to consider launching a Lightbearers Discipleship Community in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We had been preparing to replicate our model beyond the University of Arkansas so we began exploring Stillwater. After meetings with key leaders and pastors in the area, it was apparent the Lord had laid the groundwork for what was to be our next endeavor.
Since our decision to launch, two full-time staff members and just over 50 students have joined Lightbearers in Stillwater, and we recently purchased four acres of property just minutes from campus, with a vision to build a complex that will house 192 students!Who is Lightbearers?
- It is such a blessing to have Lightbearers stand with us. We literally couldn’t do what we do without people like you who do what you do.Missionary Worker & Lightbearers Grant RecipientSoutheast Asia
- Lightbearers has introduced me to a whole new community, which provides students like me with accountability and discipleship, while sending our rent doallars to reach people in the most unreached parts of the world.Michael DickersonOklahoma State University Student
- Lightbearers is unique in that it exposes student to a vast amount of biblical instruction that is then lived out in the midst of community.Justin BeadlesPastor, Countryside Baptist Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma
“We’re excited to build a discipleship community in Stillwater. An amazing team of people have committed to making this development a reality. God’s favor!”
Integrated Solutions Group
“I believe in the investment Lightbearers makes everyday in the lives of our young people. To have an opportunity to work alongside them and grow their community of believers to campuses across the country, has been a dream come true for me.”
“It simply makes sense to work alongside an organization like Lightbearers, which shares our values of Christian discipleship and evangelism. We are excited about the opportunity to not just build edifices, but property that generates funding for Gospel work overseas. What a privilege!”
“modus studio is honored to be a part of the LMI Stillwater project and excited to help foster this mission-oriented community through modern design. We strive to create happy, healthy, and sustainable architecture and are thrilled to be able to improve their lives in a daily practical way.”
“Our design focuses on community at the scale of the apartment, the courtyard, the development site and the city at large. We will continue to work diligently with the Lightbearers organization to bring a healthy and sustainable concept into reality.”
Kimbel Mechanical Systems
“I have a vision to build sustainable projects with great value and environmental responsibility. Smart building practices help us reflect the Biblical value of stewardship.”
In 2013, several Oklahoma State students and Stillwater pastors showed interest in a Lightbearers discipleship community.
By the end of 2013 Lightbearers hired campus director Jason Mayes to lead our Stillwater community.
Lightbearers purchased nearly four acres of property just minutes from the Oklahoma State campus. See our conceptual design above that will house up to 192 students living in community.
Lightbearers will begin construction in September of 2015 with phase 1 of the Stillwater property. This first phase will house 96 students during the 2016/17 school year.
Phase 1 Complete
Students will soon enjoy living in community, with their rental profits generating funds for missions! We’re currently raising funds for the project with a goal to be debt-free!