FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. Our campus missionaries here at South Alabama have dedicated a year of their lives to serving the students of the university and the community.
Willie Jansen -Willie is a 2nd year Varsity Catholic FOCUS Missionary from Southern Illinois. He graduated in 2015 from Marian University in Indiana with a degree in Philosophy. Willie loves playing tennis, dumpster diving, scavenging food off people’s plates, and Jesus. When he is not attending a U.S.A. sports practice, you can find him preparing for his half marathon or reminiscing about his time as a missionary in Peru.
Kendra Stewart - Kendra is from the great corn and beef state of Nebraska (Don’t try to give her ground turkey…she wont eat it).She recently graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas with degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She has a special passion for working with the female athletes at South due to being a collegiate runner. Kendra loves playing volleyball, running, watching the sunset, learning new things and traveling to new places. She is excited for her first year as a Varsity Catholic FOCUS Missionary!
Brendan de Padua - Jesus Christ radically changed his life in 2009 and ever since he has been chasing after Him. Brendan graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 and this is his 4th year with FOCUS. He's been on mission trips to the Amazon Jungle, Mexico, and France. His perfect day is spent eating Chinese food and watching College Football because both of those things are amazing gifts from God. He is excited to spend this year at South Alabama bringing Jesus Christ to everyone he meets.
Krista Back - Krista is a 2nd year FOCUS missionary who grew up in a small town in Southern Maryland. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Public Relations. She is fascinated by mountains and the sky, and always up for watching a beautiful sunset and enjoying nature. Krista loves exploring new places and going on adventures especially with her twin sister Eleni. Her hope is that the students of South Alabama will recognize the joy and simplicity of living life with Christ.