Jason and Shannon Pittman serve the Lord Jesus Christ though a hospitality, discipleship, evangelism, leadership, and mobilization ministry with Campus Ambassadors, a collegiate ministry to the secular college and university campus. They serve amongst the community of international students, staff, and faculty at Oregon State University.
Jason and Shannon labor to see people changed by the gospel so that the Lord God is worshipped by people of every tribe, tongue, language, and nation. Whether welcoming and orienting to the campus community, editing English papers, hosting a weekly dinner and discussion, sharing the good news of Jesus, or leading an excursion, you will find Jason and Shannon hanging out with and loving international students.
Jason came to faith in Christ through the ministry of Youth for Christ and committed his life to the Lord shortly after enlisting in the United States Navy. Shannon has known the Lord since she was a young girl and came to faith through the ministry of the local church.
By faith, Jason and Shannon desire to bring glory to God by walking with and following Jesus Christ in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Together, they are devoted to loving the Lord, loving others, and making disciples of Jesus in this generation.
Jason and Shannon were married in 1996 and have five children: Abigail (Cade), Jesse (Hunter), Quincey, Alivia, and Silas. They continue to host in their home international students from all across the globe. Jason is a tinkerer, and enjoys his 1974 VW van, photography, and woodworking. Shannon is a gifted teacher, and enjoys Shakespeare and art. In their free time, you may find them floating a river, backpacking a wilderness area, walking a beach, or sharing a road trip!
Jason: M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration; B.S. Geography
Shannon: M.A.T. in Elementary Education; B.S. Human Development and Family Science
***Jason was appointed by Missions Door in 2001 to serve as a Campus Ministry Specialist.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Oregon, United States