Joe is in his seventh year with Chi Alpha. He currently directs XA along with his wife Mishael. He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College (History), earned his ordination through Global University and the Assemblies of God. He and Mishael met as single missionaries in Costa Rica and will celebrate their 20th anniversary in March. They have two children—Josiah(13) and Elijah(8). Joe loves sports, especially the Cubs, history and art.
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 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.
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.
Hi, I’m Hunter! When I came to college, I thought I was solid in my faith and that college would be unable to make me waver. I soon realized this was a false reality, and I found my faith to be wavering more than ever. Being able to surround myself with the Chi Alpha community that supported me and pointed me to Christ was my biggest help in overcoming my pride and doubt. Chi Alpha taught me that even in the midst of wavering faith, Christ still draws close and calls us His own.
Hi I’m Brigitte! I am a transfer from Miami. When I first came to Carolina I felt alone and need to be perfect. I was always known as the girl who didn’t fit in, but at Chi Alpha that changed. Before, I didn’t know what it felt like to have a community, especially one filled with women of God. After a few weeks at Chi Alpha I found my home. I found my people who accepted me as the silly, energetic girl that I am.
I’m Emily. I came to UNC as a fearful perfectionist who only showed the most put together parts of my life to those around me. I thought that being a “good Christian” meant having it all together, all the time, and I didn’t want even my closest friends to know that the “good Christian” I was supposed to be actually had real life struggles. The more time I spent with the incredibly genuine friends I made in my Chi Alpha life group, and the more they shared their real, messy lives with me, the more God showed me that His grace means there is no shame in imperfection. My Chi Alpha family showed me what it looks like to let go of the perfect “good Christian” life I’d so carefully crafted and to boldly proclaim God’s love and grace in even the messiest parts of my life. There is no sweeter freedom than being myself among my XA family.
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.