Benefits to Learning History

  • our faith is built up as we see how God has used people and worked powerfully in situation
  • we gain wisdom in building on the insights and examples of past Christians
  • gain a sense of community with the past works of God
  • our perspective is broadened in that we see the big picture with a view to the long term,
  • we recognize that Chi Alpha is part of God’s redemptive work in the world.

The newly published XA history,

Growing a Student Movement,

The Development of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, 1940-2020

available from

In 670 pages Dennis Gaylor, former national director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries from 1979–to 2013, tells the story of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship chronologically over the course of eight decades. It started in 1953 with a handful of students and an instructor on the campus known as Southwest Missouri State (SMS) in Springfield, Missouri. Today Chi Alpha is chartered on 300 campuses with 20,000 students involved.


Dennis Gaylor provides an insider’s view of the history of Chi Alpha—an important record of service and sacrifice in the mission of reaching generations of university students for Christ.  Perhaps no one has done more than Dennis to build Chi Alpha into a premier national campus ministry, but the significant contributions of all his cohorts find their place here.
Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D. President, Northwest University

One of the greatest untold stories in the Assemblies of God has now been told. Growing a Student Movement is a detailed account of the growth and impact of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries.  Nobody could tell this story better than Dennis Gaylor.  His experience, perspective, and long-term commitment to the movement equipped him to chronicle this profound story.  Every page unpacks this ministry that is impacting the campus, marketplace, and the world.”
Nick Fatato, Network Superintendent, Southern New England Ministry Network of the AG

One cannot read Growing a Student Movement without witnessing the love, enthusiasm, and dedication of college students and campus pastors in their commitment to be Christ’s Ambassadors. Unprecedented in scope and rich in detail, this book will inspire every Assemblies of God pastor, campus minister, and XA member to expand their vision of what God can do in today’s world.
Dr. James F. Cobble, Jr., Board of Advisors, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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