Amanda Emerson

Hi!!! I’m Amanda, and I’m a second-year FOCUS missionary.

Where I serve

I graduated from James Madison University in 2022 with my Master of Arts in Teaching and now… God has called me to serve at the University of Pittsburgh!!!!


This is my team! From left to right: Ben, Me, Marykate, Constance, and Keith.

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My Story

During my time as a student at JMU, I was very involved in life on campus. From living in my freshman dorm, to being in a sorority, to working for the orientation team, to being a student leader at the Catholic Campus Ministry, I was in constant search of relationships. Over time my heart began to see that relationships are the most important part of our lives, and it was my relationship with people who knew Jesus personally that began to change my life. My friends at JMU walked with me to form holy habits like praying each day, going to Mass, and living a balanced life that is both virtuous and joyful. Because of these amazing relationships, I was able to form my own true relationship with Jesus and am now entering into the universal call to share this relationship with others.

A relationship with Jesus is for everyone. I am beyond grateful to have relationships on this side of Heaven that are so good, and to have a God who loves us so deeply and intentionally. I am so grateful to be a missionary!

Your Impact

In saying YES to be a FOCUS missionary, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in being with me on this mission, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you.

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