Maxwell and Riley Westjohn

Maxwell: I serve on campus as a missionary at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Anchor Down!

Riley: I serve on the Donor Communications Team, where I have the opportunity to serve our students and donors each and every day! Our mission is to help our donors feel known, loved, and cared for, whether that is by connecting with them directly or supporting our missionaries to be able to provide for their Mission Partner’s needs.

Where We serve

Maxwell: God has called me to serve college students at Vanderbilt! I am meeting with students, leading bible studies, and deeply investing in the lives of the young men that will lead and transform our society in the years to come. I get to primarily work with my FOCUS Vanderbilt teammates (Shannon, Haley, and Jackson) and University Catholic, the Catholic Campus Ministry that serves Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.

Riley: I serve Donor Communications.

Our Story

Maxwell: My life has been transformed by encountering Christ Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring the joy I have found to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. This same thing happened to me when I was a freshman in college at the University of Alabama. I dove deeply into the sin pervasive on college campuses and in ‘party’ culture. However, a good and virtuous friend of mine invested deeply in friendship with me and helped facilitate an encounter with the Lord through inviting me on a FOCUS mission trip. I look to these examples to find the best method of reaching the world, investing in a few men who can go on to change the world.

Riley: 🙂

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS, we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us as we serve on campus and with Donor Communications! If you are interested in partnering with us, please let us know of the best way to reach you and we would love to schedule an appointment! We’d be honored to share this mission with you.

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