Jared Richard

“I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10

Your YES could change a student’s life forever!

Where I serve

I have been called to serve the students of Columbia University in NYC alongside three other incredible missionaries!

Left to right, our team includes Anne, myself, John, and Grace.

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My Story

I have felt called to men’s ministry since my sophomore year of college and have been on a journey to live it out ever since.

Being part of a college fraternity, I saw firsthand how our secular culture is hurting men by encouraging the pursuit of the things of the world instead of authentic love for God and others.

Through divine providence, the Lord brought me, a computer science major, into one of the most sought-after finance jobs in the industry, and I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the intense culture of performance common to high achievers that values people on their efficiency and production instead of their intrinsic worth.

Through my work, I believed the Lord was preparing me to pursue my call through family life and early retirement, making use of my acquired talents and resources to serve later in life.

Little did I know, the Lord was actually preparing me for something different.

My call to serve intensified over my four years working, and I found it impossible to pursue this pull on my heart while maintaining my career in finance.  This led me to seek alternate paths.

I discerned multiple programs to live out my call, including graduate programs in theology and psychology and other missionary programs.  During this time, God placed a missionary in my life who encouraged me to apply to FOCUS.

Now, I am being sent to the front lines of the college mission field to serve the students of Columbia University, a student body that my experience has almost perfectly prepared me to serve, and I am so excited to see what the Lord will do through me!

More than ever, today’s college students need authentic friendship, community, identity, and most of all, the source of these things, and I am being sent to bring them to Him!  If the college mission field is important to you, I welcome you to come and join me as a partner through your prayers and financial support!

Your Impact

Each student served by our mission carries inside them a priceless heart and soul that would not be reached without the support of caring mission partners like YOU.  While you may not be physically on campus, your commitment makes your presence felt in everything we do and is indispensable for the change happening within the hearts of our students.

Thank you for loving our students!

Find other missionaries

FOCUS brings the joy of the Gospel to colleges and parishes across the United States (and beyond)!
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Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

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Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

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Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on.

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