Welcome to Church & Community Relations

Thank you for your interest in Church and Community Relations. We're grateful for your partnership and excited to share more stories with you about what we are accomplishing together.  Your support of the CCSA influences students in the classroom and through mission experiences. Thanks to your faithfulness students are growing in their faith and hearing God’s call to pursue ministry. 

I encourage you to view the latest CCSA & Campus Ministry Newsletter, which chronicles the latest adventures of CCSA students in the classroom, through ministry experiences, and beyond. I know you will enjoy the articles about students who receive tuition aid through a CCSA Scholarship and/or mission trip funding through the CCSA Mission Endowment. 

I treasure your support and I hope that you will continue to partner with Chowan University and Chowan Christian Service Association. 

With gratefulness, 
Lou Ann Gilliam
Director of Church and Community Relations


Lou Ann Gilliam
Director of Church & Community Relations
(252) 398-6317

Chowan Christian Service Association

The Chowan Christian Service Association (CCSA) provides opportunities for students to learn and serve in Jesus' name through tuition scholarship and missions endowments. Its members form a community of individuals and churches who are partnering in the education and the preparation of future ministers. 

Membership in the CCSA is open to dedicated Christians who are interested in and committed to helping students fulfill their call to ministry. Individuals are welcomed into the membership family of the CCSA when they express their commitment to the education and preparation of future ministers through an annual gift of $100 or more. Churches are also welcomed at the $250 level or more to become an annual member.  

Members are invited to attend two dinner meetings each year. Students, faculty, and CCSA members participate in the evening's program. These are special times of forming new relationships and inviting others to become a part of the CCSA family. 

CCSA Scholarship Fund

Chowan Christian Service Association (CCSA) Scholarships are given to deserving students preparing for Christian vocational service. Thanks to endowed scholarships and gifts, the CCSA has provided scholarship funding for students preparing for ministry since its inception in 2004. After graduation, many students have furthered their ministry education by enrolling in seminary or beginning work in a Christian vocation.

CCSA Missions Endowment

After success in aiding CCSA students through scholarship funding, the CCSA recognized an opportunity to assist Chowan Campus Ministry through creating the Chowan Christian Service Association Missions Endowment.

Chowan Campus Ministry has a robust program of stateside and overseas mission opportunities for students. In the last academic year, over 200 students gained valuable mission experiences through Campus Ministry. Providing such opportunities allows students to learn how to serve God, serve others, and deepen their Christian commitment. Every gift to the Missions Endowment frees our Campus Ministers from time consuming fundraising efforts and allows them to focus on enriching the spiritual lives of our students instead.

Return on Investment

  • Since CCSA’s inception, 97 students were awarded scholarships for tuition or books.
  • 15 students currently receive CCSA tuition scholarships.
  • CCSA Scholars have a 75% retention rate.
  • The Missions Endowment has provided over 70 mission trips scholarships to students on an international mission trip.
  • The Missions Endowment has provided full support for 7 student apprentices.
  • Student apprentices assist in leading the trips, preparing them to lead future trips.
  • Our Mission Fellows (students that receive a scholarship to go on a mission trip) have a 99% graduation rate.

Ministerial Board

The Ministerial Board of Associates seeks to strengthen and improve the relationship of the University with the people of the churches, pastors, and the Christian community. Members are elected by the Board of Trustees and must be in good standing with their Christian church.

Ministerial Board Of Associates Scholarship Program
Each member of the Ministerial Board of Associates may recommend a student for the scholarship to be awarded in his/her name. The scholarship is available to first-time Chowan University students, freshmen or transfers, and is for $150 per semester for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. The recommendations must be mailed by July 1 for each fall semester and December 1 for spring semester to the Director of Financial Aid, Chowan University.