In 1996, a group of Coptic students felt a need for an on-campus fellowship in which to meet with one another in support and discussion of daily college struggles. These students became the founders of Coptic Orthodox Fellowship, a support group and safe haven that offers students the opportunity to reflect on themselves and share in fellowship with one another. From a small gathering of a few students in a dorm room, to becoming a fully accredited and recognized on-campus student organization, Coptic Orthodox Fellowship has grown immensely over the past years.
As we approach our 20th year of service, through prayer and God’s grace, the mission of COF has become grounded in the organization. COF seeks to help and serve all individuals of the Rutgers community cope with the everyday difficulties of college life.
With our mission in mind and through the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to aid each other in overcoming spiritual and academic struggles. Our mission as Christians is also to serve the Rutgers Community by sharing our faith and informing our peers of the depth of the Oriental Orthodox Christian Church through various organized on-campus events. With open doors and a comfortable meeting environment, we can reach out to our fellow Rutgers peers and develop beneficial friendships that prevail over lifetimes. As we approach another year, COF is now a new chapter in the national organization for the collective Oriental Orthodox Church—Orthodox Christian Campus Ministries.