Investing in the Next Generation of Christ's Ambassadors

Skip and Diane Ford

Skip '58 and Diane Ford

Lawrence "Skip" Ford was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. He has come to refer to himself as a "homemade Christian" because he was taught Christian values from an early age. Furthermore, his mother's love was very protective; he jokes that until he was 5 years old, he thought his given name was "Be Careful".

Skip graduated from Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and was attracted to Campbellsville College in part because it was close to home.

His first experience away from home resulted in a major case of homesickness. His adjustment to campus life, however, became easier when he began working as manager of the men's basketball team. He soon became involved in other student activities.

Some of the friendships he formed through those activities have lasted until today. He gives credit to Campbellsville for providing him the opportunity to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

After graduating from Campbellsville College in 1958, he received his bachelor's degree while attending the University of Louisville part time. During those years, he married his childhood sweetheart and had a great marriage for 40 years, until her untimely death from a chronic illness.

Over ten years ago, God blessed Skip with a new love: his wonderful wife, Diane. Diane is an adopted member of the Class of 1958 and shares Skip's appreciation for Campbellsville University.

Several years ago, as Skip was reflecting on his days at Campbellsville College, he remembered how the Christian education he received influenced his life. He believes that God calls all believers to be good stewards of their God-given resources and to use them for the expansion of Christ's kingdom on earth. Consequently, Skip decided to make a bequest in his will to Campbellsville University.

"I want to help kids who struggle financially to get access to a good Christian education at Campbellsville University," Skip says.

Skip Ford believes Campbellsville University is a wonderful place to invest in the lives of young people who will become ambassadors for Christ in our world.

If you would like to use your estate to help support a student at Campbellsville University, contact Benji Kelly at 270.789.5061 or

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