Ministry couple strives to transform lives of college students

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CANTON, Ohio — Amy Kittle expected to grow as a person during her years as a college student.

She had no idea that part of her growth would be spiritual, much of which she attributes to her relationship with a husband and wife ministry team at Malone University, Jeff and Linda Leon.

“As a member of the women’s basketball team, the Leons would hold devotionals with us and also graciously welcomed us into their home. Our time spent with them helped us grow spiritually, both individually and as a group. They spoke the word of God in such an effective and impactful way that I was always excited to hear what they had to say,” said Kittle, 23, a graduate of Malone now attending graduate school at Kent State University.

The Leons, of Canton, recently received the Excellence in Campus Ministry award from the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a campus ministry that joins with churches, colleges and other organizations to help college students live their Christian faith in all aspects of their lives. The honor is given to campus ministers who have helped transform the lives of students, have participated in weekly Bible study with students, regularly have shared the gospel and have intentionally and actively supported diversity.

Jeff Leon, a life coach with the Coalition for Christian Outreach, and Linda Leon, director of spiritual formation, have served in campus ministry at Malone since 1995.

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