Major Christian collegians' convention leaves longtime University of Illinois venue

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2004

MADISON, Wis. (AP) InterVarsity Christian Fellowship announced that its Mission Convention for college students, held on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana since 1948, will move in 2006 to the Edward Jones Dome and adjacent America's Center in St. Louis.

The evangelical event, usually held every three years the week before New Year's, is one of the largest religious gatherings for North American college students. Some 19,000 people from the United States and other nations attended last December's convention to learn about foreign missionary careers.

InterVarsity sponsors 832 student chapters on 564 U.S. campuses and is part of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, which operates in 150 countries.

InterVarsity President Alec Hill praised the university's long-standing cooperation but said the St. Louis locale would allow the convention to expand and add new programs. InterVarsity said St. Louis provides extensive facilities under one roof and a central location.

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