A story that starts with a small-town kid from North Dakota.



Nick Hall was a freshman in college when he wrote these words in a college-ruled notebook:

“My life exists to put Christ at the pulse of a generation.”



In his junior year of college, Nick wrote a paper about how to reach his generation with the Gospel. The paper went viral among students who rallied to live out the vision of a student-led initiative to change the campus.


PulseUWO is the largest student-led campus event in the United States in 2011. More than 5000 people attended concerts by Skillet, Superchick, and Flame and heard a gospel presentation by evangelist and Pulse Founder Nick Hall. Learn more at



By the next fall, a movement had exploded on the campus of North Dakota State University with student-led prayer groups, training, and outreach events.





At the pinnacle of Nick’s efforts at NDSU, he spoke to a crowd of 5,000 of his peers in Bison Sports Arena in Fargo. 1,000 students made a commitment to Jesus that night, and 100 more said they wanted to learn more about Jesus. In August 2006, PULSE formally incorporated as a non-profit in the state of North Dakota.


Pulse UWO concert and evangelistic outreach



Building from its launch at NDSU, PULSE spread to 2 other universities and 3 other rural communities in North Dakota, impacting 10,000 students. People prayed, God moved, and PULSE grew.


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By 2008, PULSE had spread to campuses all across North Dakota, resulting in a united movement of prayer unparalleled anywhere in the nation. In the state capital, Bismarck, over 7,000 students filled the Civic Center while the governor and first lady opened the night in prayer.





By 2009, 50,000 students had been impacted and over 10,000 had responded to the Gospel, becoming one of the largest student-led evangelism movements in American history. That fall, with invitations pouring in from across America, PULSE opened a national office in Minneapolis, MN to start expanding the movement coast-to-coast and beyond.


More than 3500 people attended PULSE MSP at the University of Minnesota on November 19, 2011. PULSE impacts more than 250,000 people annually through events, festivals, and conferences. PULSE exists to awaken culture to the reality of Jesus. For more information, visit

This story isn’t over.

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