Newell Family

Joe Newell

Joe is in his eighth year with Chi Alpha. He currently directs XA along with his wife Mishael. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College (History), earning his ordination through Global University and the Assemblies of God. He and Mishael met as single missionaries in Costa Rica in 1996 and celebrated their 20th anniversary in March. They have two children—Josiah(14) and Elijah(9). Joe loves sports — especially the Cubs — history and art.

David Lao

David Lao has been involved with Chi Alpha as a staff since Fall 2014 and has recently completed Chi Alpha’s Campus Missionary In-Training (CMIT) internship at NC State for the 2017-2018 school year. David is originally from Albemarle, NC, a small city close to Charlotte. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a BA in Math, and to this day people still ask him how exams are going. David loves to hear testimonies that demonstrates God’s love, faithfulness, and provisions, and looks forward to seeing more people experience God’s presence and come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. David values a fit lifestyle and has recently picked up archery on the side. He loves to eat and does not meet many people who can eat more than he can. Perhaps due to his “unique” personality he finds himself the source of everyone’s laughter. He also enjoys playing Nintendo video games and watching anime.

Chris Spargo

Chris is in his fifth year on staff with Chi Alpha. He married the illustrious Lucy Entwistle in October of 2016. He graduated from UNC in 2013 with a degree in Economics. Chris oversees worship, prayer and outreach for XA. He and Lucy plan to become missionaries to unreached peoples. Chris loves music, birds, golf, and the Carolina Panthers.

Julie Dudley

Julie is in her third year with Chi Alpha — her second on staff at UNC. She is a 2015 graduate of UNC with a degree in Business. Julie married her high school sweetheart Tyndall in May of 2017 in their hometown of Beaufort, North Carolina. Julie oversees the discipleship of women’s leaders as well as communications for the whole of the fellowship. She loves UNC basketball; and she has an unusual affinity for Excel spreadsheets! Julie plans to attend graduate school following the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

Seth & Brooke Collins

Brooke was born and raised in the plains of Kansas and will always have a soft spot for the Sunflower State. She attended Central Bible College (now Evangel University) and earned a B.A. in Preaching and Evangelism. Which means she loves public speaking and finding ways to help people connect with God. She has worked with Chi Alpha at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Yale University prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Somewhere along the way she met Seth and they got married in 2014. Most of their major relationship milestones have occurred at Chi Alpha events. You should ask her about how they met. Brooke loves watching movies and reading Wonder Woman comic books. She’s also a big baseball fan. One of her life goals is to see a game at every MLB ballpark.

Seth grew up in the rural mountains of southwest VA. He studied Business Administration at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and graduated with a degree in 2007. He went to work in the marketplace afterward for 5 years before giving that up to pursue full-time ministry with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship.

Seth completed his internship with Chi Alpha at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2013 and served on staff for 2 years. During those 2 years, he also served as Chi Alpha Interim Director at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

In 2014, Seth and Brooke got married and both continued serving simultaneously at UVA and VCU.  In 2015, both Seth and Brooke moved to New Haven to help pioneer Chi Alpha at Yale University. In June 2018, Seth and Brooke moved to Chapel Hill to work with Chi Alpha at UNC.

Interests: Reading (suspense novels and works of Spiritual Formation); watching good movies (no romcoms); journaling; baseball (go RedSox!); good coffee

Student Leaders

Hello, I’m Zach. I came to Carolina wanting to pursue a professional program in health after undergrad. I believed that I had to do everything on my own and rely on myself to succeed. I placed pressure on myself to excel in everything while trying to shape myself to be who I thought others wanted me to be. As I became connected to Chi Alpha, I realized that I had a community of friends that I could rely on and be who I am rather than who I thought people wanted me to be.

Hey, I’m Stephen! At first, UNC was my opportunity to bury my issues from high school. No one knew the bitterness I still held, and frankly, no one cared. Things changed fast, though, when God stepped in! Through His guidance and my awesome friends in Chi Alpha, I’ve overcome and found my true worth in God alone. His goodness extends to all, and none more so than when we need Him most. God is doing incredible things through Chi Alpha; come join us and see!

Before I arrived at UNC, I knew I wanted to be a part of Chi Alpha because I have always loved XA’s mission for reaching college students. Little did I know, UNC’s Chi Alpha is full of some of the most loving and welcoming people that I have ever met. Less than two weeks after transferring to UNC, there was a death in my close family and I found myself an hour away from my home. XA stepped in as my new support system and helped me through that rough point in my life. A few months after that, I decided to go to West Africa with XA and was able to see how Chi Alpha fulfills its mission of reaching the world. Chi Alpha has renewed my passion to reach the lost, no matter where they are in the world or on our campuses, and I am looking forward to seeing all that God is going to do through XA in the coming years!

On campus as a first year, I was starting to make a few friends here and there in different classes and clubs I was trying out, but I only hung out with those people IN those clubs and classes. Very rarely did those people ask me to hang out with them afterwards, much less return my food/hangout invites. I was looking at campus ministries, and when I came to the Chi Alpha Family Group, I was quickly and warmly welcomed by several friendly faces, who asked me about me and as much as I wanted to ask them about them. It meant so much to me;  the genuinely interested expressions given by people who wanted to talk to me, and cared about what I thought, though they had only known me a few minutes. I was soon invited to have lunch with them and to come to a game/food night, and asked if I would give them my number. The difference might seem insignificant, but the simple switch in my life from being the one asking others to hang out to being asked to hang out really made me feel wanted, feel welcome. God works much in the same way – he always and forever invites us to talk to him, and desires that we walk closer to him. Chi Alpha members emulate so well the boldness and vulnerability that God exudes towards us, and I pray always that I’ll be able to show God’s love for everyone to other new faces on campus in this way.

I’m Kayla. Before I joined Chi Alpha I thought that living God’s will for my life meant striving for perfection. Through Family Group and discipleship in Chi Alpha I learned that perfection is not something I can create, but rather something that God is. By walking closer with Him, I am being increasingly transformed. I don’t need to concoct my own perfect world, but rather give up mine so I can join God in His.

Hi! I’m Amber. Going into Carolina, I was hoping for a chance to escape from my ties to God and carve out my own identity through the “typical” college experience. I had no interest in trying to maintain the “good Christian” facade that I had been using for so long, and had grown frustrated and annoyed with people viewing me in such a way. Chi Alpha allowed for me to see and experience the realness of my spiritual walk: messy, frustrating, confusing, and HUMAN. I was connected with believers who were just as imperfect as I was, yet understood the perfect and merciful nature of God. Through my new family, I have learned to discard the lies that had been keeping me from God and appreciate the beauty of the journey, along with calling that He has over my life.

Hi! I’m Jane! Beginning at Carolina, I was more focused on myself and plans for my life, than what plans God had for me in these years at college. I was not valuing the opportunity God had given me to do His will in the current moments I was in. Through Chi Alpha discipleship and life group, I have learned how critical it is to love and serve the people God has placed around me now. My identity as a Child of God means I have the purpose of spreading light in every space He puts me in.

What I learned most from Chi Alpha is the importance of community in the Christian life. I came to college as a super young and naïve Christian with the notion that I didn’t really need a community to follow God. But gradually through the persistent outreach of friends and mentors at Chi Alpha I began to realize that I was wrong and that God created me for community too. God showed me through Chi Alpha that when I was saved I became just a single member of His body and that it is only when the members gather together that we can fully experience the movement of God in our hearts and on our campus. Through Chi Alpha God has given me brothers and sisters who can build me up and support me in fighting the good fight of faith.