Hey, everyone! I hope your Christmas was a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus with friends and family! As sad as I am about the Christmas season ending, I am excited for the new semester which starts very soon. I think the Lord is going to do something big this semester, but before I get into that, I would like for you to read about Timothy, a student from our UT Dallas campus. Have a peek!

Staff Retreat:
Every Winter, our entire FOCUS staff from all over the metroplex gets together for a 3 day retreat to meet, and discuss various things that help us prepare for the new semester. This Winter Staff Retreat was perhaps the most thought provoking one I've attended so far. We read The Life and Narrative of Frederick Douglass. It's about a former slave who fought tooth and nail to learn to read so he could  eventually escape the horrific slavery of the South and be free. This was a freedom that he prepared for years to execute, while suffering through some of the worst ex…

December update

Merry early Christmas, everyone!

I pray that your season is merry and bright and filled with time spent with wonderful people whom you love. I know during this time of year, it can be easy for me to forget about the actual reason we celebrate this holiday. I think the older I get, the more profound the life of Jesus becomes to me, beginning to end. And the more profound his life becomes to me, the more affection the Lord gives me for campus ministry. There is a very real threat to college students, especially at UNT, and the healing Jesus offers in transformative. So, I ask in the spirit of the season, please pray for radical encounters with the Holy Spirit for the students in Denton, TX.

As always, here is our student testimony for the month. This is one is close to my heart because I get to mentor her as she leads a group of young women at UNT in her small group. I've seen Crystal fight through anxiety and stay fiercely obedient to God. I've seen her fight against her natural …

November update

Happy November everyone!

I hope this fall season has made everyone feel warm, cozy, and closer to loved ones. As always, thank you so much for how you support the mission of college ministry. Every week, I am humbled a little more in awe and wonder at what an important mission it is to reach college students. This is the time they are most open and willing to learn more about Jesus and we are lucky to get to do that in the freedoms this country offers and in the context of a healthy community. So, thank you!

As always, we have our student update! Though he is no longer a student, this is exciting because I actually went to school with him. His name is Kurt Doty and he has been a part of our student ministry, church family ministry, and has been helping out with our SMU plant since it began in 2017. Please take a moment to read his story.

Pizza Theology:

Every Fall and Spring, FOCUS puts on something we call Pizza Theology. This is a time where all of our campuses come together to learn…

October update

Happy Fall, y'all! 

As I'm writing this, it is cool yet sunny 60 degrees outside. (Thank God). I am very surprised at how quickly the weather has changed, not only that but at how it seems it will stay that way for a while. I hope you are able to enjoy the weather at least a little bit this week, if that's your thing of course.

Student Testimony
As always, I like to start this blog off with our monthly student testimony. A lot of times I know who the student is, but this month I don't. And I say that to emphasize how far the reach of this community is in our vast metroplex! And that's exciting and it's the vision that you are investing in. So, thank you. Please take a moment to read Veronica's testimony.

Prayer Requests:
- Please pray that God would be delivering people from slavery with his truth
- Please pray for Spirit to be welcome and active in people's lives
- Lastly, please pray for God's will to be done here

Fall Camp
Every year we have a mini,…

September update

Hey, everyone! I'm so excited to update you on what has been happening. But first I want to thank you for supporting me prayerfully, financially, and I want you to know that your gifts have been blessings to our students.

One of those students is Ulises from UTA. I met him briefly at our leadership conference (SICM), but it was really cool to read his testimony and get to know him a little better. Thank you for pouring into campus ministry and blessing people like Ulises.

Welcome Week:

Basically, up until yesterday for the last two weeks, our Denton staff team and our 38 student leaders have been hard at work, filled with strength from God meeting so many people on our UNT, NCTC, and TWU campuses. I say that God gave us strength because there is no way we could do it on our own for two weeks straight. At our first Friday Night FOCUS Fellowship for the year, we received 98 info cards from new students wanting to know how to get involved more. Success isn't in numbers but I poin…

August update

Hey, everyone!

First up, we have our student testimony! This is one about Pita, one of our friends we met at NCTC a couple years ago, or as we like to call it "eensy teensy" because it really is so small and self contained. Please take a moment to read her touching testimony and learn more about the people our ministry has had the pleasure of being with.

Staff Retreat:

Every August and January, our entire staff of around 40+ people get together for a few days to get to know one another more deeply, to pray over the coming year and for our campuses, and to have fun. I feel very lucky to serve on a staff where many of these people are my close friends and people that have shown me that care about me and the people in our ministry. It's a time of reflection before the breakneck pace of the school year starts, and honestly it's a time that is anointed by the Lord.


This year, we have 12 new apprentices! For those of you who have been with me since day one, yo…

July update

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Please take a moment to read this month's student testimony. This one is a little closer to my heart because I got to spend some time with Harrison this past semester. Out of seemingly nowhere, this guy started helping us set up for Thursday Night Fellowship every week at Collin College. But of course it wasn't out of nowhere, it was because he had been invited by a student in our ministry to be a part of what God was doing and Harrison said yes. He even moved into a house with a bunch of our crazy Collin guys, and it's blessed him and his new room mates immensely.

Summer Focus:

During the summer, everyone who stays in town is welcome to come to our collective Thursday Night Focus in Richardson. We have around 200 - 300 students show up every week. We have been going through a really neat sermon series about the temptations that Jesus faced and how this reflects the temptations we face as disciples. It's been really neat, and people have be…