Jake Leins

Where I serve

For two years I served at the University of Tennessee where I was leading bible studies, mentoring students in evangelization, praying with people all over campus, and inviting students to know Jesus by living as a Christian in an environment that says He is irrelevant. Now I am taking the mission of changing the lives of college students all around the world! I currently work as the Sr. Director of Conferences at the FOCUS Headquarters in Golden, CO. SEEK is our annual conference for college students, parishioners, alumni, bishops, priests, seminarians, families, and more! This pasat year in St. Louis we were blessed to receive over 20,000 participants to come and hear dynamic Catholic speakers, learn in small groups, and most of all, Worship Jesus. For more about SEEK, click here.

My Story

I attended Colorado State University and carried on the family tradition of going to mass on Sunday, however that is all it was for me: a tradition. I lived wildly and from the outside had everything one could see I needed, except a spiritual life.  I got invited to a student led FOCUS bible study and for the first time encountered men my age who were truly striving to live lives of virtue and faith.  They inspired me to take my faith to the next level, however that didn t quite happen until two and a half years after joining the study.  At the end of those two and a half years of sporadic bible study attendance, and living on the fence about the whole God thing, I attended a FOCUS national conference and encountered Jesus in a radical way.  From then on I have been striving to be a man after God s own heart and bring as many people alongside me as possible.

My wife Kasey and I have been married since 2017, and have been blessed with four children: Fulton (Dec. 2017), Gemma (June 2019), Eli (March 2021), and Walter (May 2023). Kasey is working as a full-time mom and is doing an amazing job. We live in Littleton, Colorado and love the outdoors!

Your Impact

During my senior year at CSU I no longer had the desire to be an engineer, however, I completed my studies in Civil Engineering. I felt God calling me to live a radical life for Him being a missionary, so I decided to turn down job offers as an engineer and explore that call.  I thought at first I would end up doing full-time international mission work, however, I have chosen to address the spiritual poverty in America that we all know exists in large quantities. Along with being a missionary comes relying on God and others to support the mission prayerfully, and financially.  Support raising is not a way for someone to give me money and run, but an invitation to our mission and to invest in the future of our young people domestically and internationally. The culture is changing rapidly, but the Holy Spirit drives sanctity all the more. I invite you to join me through your prayers and financial support to enter into the mission and take a stand for Jesus Christ and His Church. Some give by going, other go by giving. – St. Teresa of Kolkata.

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