David and Goliath

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
“I’ve fought the lion and I’ve fought the bear, now into Goliath’s eyes I stare, but God is still with me and so I prepare a feast for the beasts and the birds of the air.” The Lord gave me this poem during a rough stretch toward the end of my college career. He impressed upon my heart something that I hadn’t quite realized until my senior courses came rushing at me, with my future and career hard on their…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Paul D. Brown

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Paul D. Brown graduated from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas in 1994, where he helped pioneer the Chi Alpha ministry on campus as a student. For the past twenty-two years, he has worked for the State of Texas and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Windham School District, which is the school of the Texas state prison system. As a Chi Alpha alum, he continues to serve Chi Alpha at SHSU in a variety…

Spring Time

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
Every year my mom plants a garden. It’s become somewhat of a ritual for me to help her till the soil and watch as she carefully prepares a host of fruit and vegetable seeds to populate the rows of black dirt. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, watermelons, and the like soon sprout up and carry out their God-given mandate to bring forth a harvest. Soon they’ll make their way into soups, casseroles, fruit medleys, and all manner of delicious dishes. I…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Cindy West

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Cindy West came to faith in Christ through Chi Alpha as a student at Chadron State College in Nebraska through the Chi Alpha ministry on campus. After graduating in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, she went into teaching for two years, then moved into full-time youth ministry. After several years in youth ministry, she went back to the classroom for the next 25 years, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in Lincoln, Nebraska, and later…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Nii Abrahams

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Nii Abrahams was active in Chi Alpha at Missouri State University in Springfield.  He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors in Communication. While studying for his Masters degree in Organizational Communication at MSU, he worked at the Assemblies of God National Youth Ministries Department as their Communications and Content Strategist. He completed his degree in 2016 and moved to Indianapolis to help start a church plant, Parkside Church, alongside several friends from MSU Chi Alpha. He is currently working full-time…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: David Weiser

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
When it comes to Chi Alpha alumni in the marketplace, David Weiser is on the cutting edge. A software engineer, David received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Wyoming in 2005, and his Master’s from Wyoming in 2007. He currently lives and works in the Seattle area with his wife Shelly and their four young children. David has also been serving on the founding committee for the National Chi Alpha Alumni Association. He shares how Chi Alpha…

White Noise

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
Winter has arrived in South Texas, which means I can finally turn off the air conditioner. I’ve taken to the habit of playing a white noise track, to substitute for the familiar droning of the compressor battling the pesky heat and humidity. Everything is drowned out and I slip into a restful slumber each night in preparation for another day’s adventures. The other night, however, the battery on my Bluetooth speaker died and I woke up to an uncomfortable silence.…

Alumni in Leadership Spotlight: Belkis Lehmann

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni and Diversity
Belkis Lehmann (nee Garcia) has been a leader in Chi Alpha since she was a student at Florida International University in Miami. In her second semester at FIU, she started a Chi Alpha group on campus. After graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, she married her husband and ministry partner Steve, and together they served as Chi Alpha leaders at Eastern Michigan University. They now live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with their two children, Sofia and Gabriel.…

Alumni in Leadership Spotlight: Stefanie Chappell

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Stefanie Chappell came to Christ through the Chi Alpha ministry at University of the Pacific in California. She graduated in 1990 with a double major in Pre-Law and Psychology. During the past 25 years, Stefanie has served in a variety of positions at all levels within Chi Alpha. Now she is joining the National Chi Alpha leadership team by stepping into the position of National Field Director. Stefanie enjoys spending time hanging out at coffee shops, having dinner with friends,…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Jonathan Sixtos

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Chi Alpha alumnus Jonathan Sixtos graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2012 with a Bachelor of English degree and minor in Psychology. Following graduation, he began his career in Education, becoming an English teacher at Victoria East High School. In 2014, Jonathan earned the distinguished honor of being named a semi-finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year! He shared the experience of receiving the award, and how Chi Alpha helped prepare him to reach the students in…

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