In the Spring of 1997, Matt Ridgeway called together a group of young men to talk to them about forming a Christian fraternity. The group started meeting weekly and talked and prayed about what God’s will was. The group felt that God wanted to start a Beta Upsilon Chi chapter at Texas Tech. In April, a group went to TCU for the Island Party that the Beta chapter was having. After the party, the group split for the summer and prayed about what to do.
In the fall of 1997, the Lord whittled down the group, and those left worked on getting registered with Texas Tech and the Beta Upsilon Chi alumni association. In November, four young men went to Tyler, Texas to see Wendel Weaver, one of the founding fathers of Beta Upsilon Chi. During the next week, officers were elected for the upcoming year, and then they immediately began to prepare for their first pledge class. In December, the officers held a party to formally announce the founding of the Eta chapter. The second week during the spring semester of 1998 was the alpha rush class of Eta chapter, Beta Upsilon Chi.
Matt Ridgeway, Adam Knight, Josh Palmer, Trent Ezzell, Lou Ellerbrook
Interested in Joining the Texas Tech University chapter? Contact our pledge captain, Victor Backus, to get started.