Future looking brighter for Rochester College in Michigan (reporting from Rochester Hills, Mich.). Page 1.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Each semester, Rochester College President Rubel Shelly teaches a required freshman course called “Introduction to the Christian Faith.”

At a college where less than a quarter of traditional undergraduate students identify with Churches of Christ, the class exposes some 18- and 19-year-olds to the Scriptures for the first time.

Shelly chuckles as he recalls one student who came up after the final exam and asked the professor to sign his $9.95 copy of the New Revised Standard Version. The paperback Bible — with page numbers that Shelly can reference along with the book, chapter and verse — serves as the textbook.

“You do understand that I didn’t write this book?” Shelly said he asked the young man.

“Yes, sir,” the student replied. “But this is the first Bible I’ve ever owned, and you’ve taught me how to read it.”

Welcome to Shelly’s world — a mission field doubling as a college campus, about 25 miles north of Detroit.

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