Alumnus Invests in High Point

You could say Chris Gillespie is invested in High Point.

Aside from being a 25-year resident of the city, he’s the executive director of West End Ministries, holds a master’s degree from High Point University and has worked as a teacher, director and tutor at Guilford County Schools.

Gillespie attended graduate school at HPU and received his degree in in nonprofit management in 2010. While simultaneously working toward his degree and fulfilling his duties as then-program director at West End Ministries, he experienced first-hand the value – and necessity – of HPU’s caring community.

“High Point University has created a culture of service in the community that is second to none,” says Gillespie. “This is essential in the preparation for student success in life.”

As HPU’s Community Partner of the Year, Gillespie leads West End Ministries in their mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for those in the West End of High Point. The organization offers community center events, transitional housing for women, a discount store and more.

Just like Gillespie, HPU is invested in its city, too. The HPU family contributes more than 100,000 volunteer hours each year at a variety of organizations, schools, community centers and United Way agencies simply because they care about their community. HPU students frequently serve at West End Ministries, whether teaching classes for adults, hosting Easter and Halloween parties for children, holding food drives and more.

“Chris embodies a passion for service,” says Rev. Dr. Joseph Blosser, Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning at HPU. “Against all odds, he has helped transform the West End neighborhood, and he daily inspires HPU students and other volunteers alike to get involved and make a difference. We are blessed to have Chris as our partner in service.”

“As a nonprofit, it is essential to have community support,” says Gillespie. “The students are able to fully understand the vision of the ministry and translate that into a viable service to the community.”

Committed to spreading a passion for learning through West End Ministries, Gillespie embodies HPU’s commitment to graduate leaders prepared for lives of success and significance.

His advice to current students?

“Stay true to who you are. What you are meant to be is already inside you, and HPU is a wonderful nurturing ground to find that.”

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