I am a first year missionary and am serving at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska! As a Hoosier born and raised I’ve felt at home getting to know the area. I am excited for the adventure the Lord has in store for me as I serve alongside these wonderful men:
I grew up in a Christian home with two awesome and loving parents and four siblings. A fun fact about me regarding family is that I am a triplet! We went to Christian school in middle school through high school, and I had a solid understanding of who God is and what Jesus did for us on the cross 2,000 years ago. It all sounded great, and it kept me on a good path. Unfortunately, through high school my faith was not the center of my life, and my identity was not rooted in Christ as a beloved son.
When I went to college I began to dig a little deeper whether in classwork, small groups, or playing guitar at church. Worshiping the Lord and offering him my prayers became something that brought me a lot of joy, and I wanted to use my gifts to serve Him. I ended up transferring to Ball State University where my faith began to be the center of my life, and my identity in Christ as a beloved son became more real. I got plugged in right away with a non-denominational student ministry and continued to learn more about Jesus’ call to take up my cross and follow Him.
It was around the time I came to Ball State that I met a Catholic in my dorm, just knocking on people’s doors to hang out. We clicked right away and started hanging out, soon we were having talks about the church and what our differing opinions were regarding things like the priesthood, mass, and some other common Catholic hot topics. I didn’t think much of it, and we became best friends despite our disagreements theologically.
Fast forward to January 2021, this same friend invited me to Seek (a Catholic conference for college students). It was held on campus in Muncie, Indiana and I was able to experience the beauty of the Catholic Church for the first time. I got to know some awesome people in a vibrant community, and felt drawn to the prayer life that they practice. I wanted to learn more, so for the next year and a half I’d go to mass and ask people questions about the Church. My prayer life came alive, and I was able to learn a lot during this time as well. Through many long nights and conversations with friends, I decided to get confirmed into the Catholic Church in May of 2022:
After graduating from Ball State in December 2021, I took on a remote position in finance with Kohl’s corporate while living in Muncie. It was during the next year and a half that I realized finance is not what I want to do right now. I have always felt drawn to be around others, and serve the Lord. The Lord made the call to mission very clear to me during this time, and I decided to apply with FOCUS. This organization is a whole lot bigger than I realized and being able to fulfill the Great Commission with thousands of other missionaries gives me chills.
I learn more and more every day what it means to be a beloved son of God, and I want to share that important truth with others and invite them into a lasting relationship with Him.
When I answered the call to join FOCUS, 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 some awesome people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and we can be in touch. I’d be honored to share this mission with you!