Our Story

From Shepherding to Spreading

From August 2013 until March 2017, we lived and ministered in Upstate New York, where I (James) served as an associate and interim pastor. In early 2016, we sensed God moving us toward a new ministry role to reach those who would never darken the doors of a church building. We wanted to influence young adults in a diverse, urban context. We wanted the opportunity to have gospel-impact all across the globe. In other words, God called us away from shepherding work to a gospel-spreading work.

In early 2017, we became full-time missionary staff with Cru. Why Cru? God used the ministry of Cru during our time in college to transform our lives. We currently serve in Nebraska, focusing on reaching students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Our ministry in 102 seconds

Scroll down to read more about our ministry and how you can partner with us to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.



A movement occurs when communities of people trust in Jesus, obey Jesus, and spread the good news about Jesus to others, so that more and more communities come to know and follow Jesus. Over time, the gospel spreads to every corner of the campus, the city, the country, the globe. This is exactly what happened in the first century. By God’s grace, we believe it can happen again today.

Our vision is to reach the 200 million college students in the world. We play a part in this vision by reaching the 25,000 students at the University of Nebraska. We want to make multiplying disciples who are mobilized to launch Christ-centered movements so that everyone in the world knows someone who truly follows Jesus.


Why minister to college students? The decisions made, the habits formed, and the friendships forged during college set a trajectory for life. College students are the educated elite that will lead every domain of society—government, media, business, education, medicine, technology, entertainment. Students are innovative, culturally engaged, and want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Their life stage frees them to take incredible risks. Truly, if we reach college students, we will reach the world.

Our Strategy


If we want to see gospel-centered movements all over the globe, we must make multiplying disciples, that is, disciples who make disciples who make disciples. Over and over again. This spiritual multiplication is the very DNA of our ministry. Our strategy to do this is Win-Build-Send:

Win lost students to Jesus by spreading the gospel in word and deed, and equipping Christians to share the gospel and model its life-transforming power.

Build students up in the gospel by equipping them in community with each other and in local churches to reach others in their spheres of influence.

Send out Christ-centered, multiplying disciples to spread the gospel wherever God sends them after college.

In our particular role, we focus on casting a biblical, global vision for evangelism and discipleship; equipping and empowering students to own the ministry in order to make disciples; and building partnerships with churches and other ministries both locally and globally.



The faith nature of serving as missionaries means we must find a team of people who will partner with us in two essential ways.

Prayer is absolutely foundational to our ministry. Would you commit to praying for us, our children, and the students and people we are trying to reach for Christ? Each month we’ll send out a ministry update to help you know how to pray for us.

Financial Support
Like most missionaries, we depend upon the consistent, ongoing financial support of concerned individuals and churches. Would you consider a monthly or yearly investment in our ministry to reach students with the gospel?

You can set up a recurring gift online or visit our Give page for other giving options. All gifts to Cru are tax-deductible.

Thank you for considering how you might partner with us to fulfill the Great Commission!


Growing up with Christian parents, we were both exposed to the gospel at a young age. But it wasn’t until college, while involved with Cru at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), that God was gracious to make Jesus “real” to us. James graduated from UNL in 2007 with a degree in communication studies, and Carly in 2009 with a degree in international studies.

We were married in 2010, and now have three beautiful kids, Bailey, Hope, and Titus. Before joining Cru, we lived in Upstate New York, where James served as a pastor of a local church.

We both have personal blogs where we write about the gospel and life. Stop by if you get a chance (James, Carly).

If you want to learn even more about us, our ministry with Cru, and how you can be involved, please get in touch.