The Harvest

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you know anything about small-town Texas autumn, we love our festivals. Young and old scurry around in preparation of carnivals, parades, and the celebration of some local crop or landmark. I remember growing up and perching on the side of the main street, eagerly anticipating the school bands, bikers, and beautiful horses prancing their way down the promenade. When I grew a bit older and got to ride a float with the local football team, I remember the spectacle…

Alumni in the Marketplace Spotlight: Crystal Villalobos-Lewis

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Crystal Villalobos-Lewis was part of the first Chi Alpha group at Loyola University in New Orleans, which was pioneered by Matt and Jen DeGier. After graduating in 2005, Crystal worked the next 11 years in Human Resources for a local hospital in Baton Rouge. Along the way, she met her husband Aaron, who is a Chi Alpha alum from Kansas State University. They married in 2011, and they now have two beautiful daughters, Katelyn and Kayleigh. Recently, Crystal stepped away…

Hope Over Harvey

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
The shuddering of the house made slumber an impossibility, and the howling wind outside made for a symphony of danger that had the opposite effect of a lullaby. I couldn’t sleep very well through Hurricane Harvey.  Thank God that we made it through the storm relatively unscathed, and I’m thankful Jesus rose from the grave triumphant. I recall the instructions of Paul the Apostle in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this…

The Road Ahead

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a biker. I don’t have any tattoos, piercings, or wild tales of territorial tussles, but I do have a motorcycle. There are few things as liberating as feeling the wind in your face as you rumble down the road on two wheels. One thing I’ve learned in my years of riding is how to handle a curve in the road ahead. You slow down to an appropriate speed, take an inside-out line, and look as far ahead in the…

Covering

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
I’m a tinkerer. I love working with my hands, using tools, and uncovering the glory of things long discarded. One weekend my father’s pliers, hammers, vice grips and such littered my workstation and I enjoyed soaking up the sun while measuring and cutting, fitting and grinding, eyeballing and guessing. The family weekend seemed to be going great until my dad exclaimed, “Boy, you’re BURNT!” Sure enough, my seldom-sunned shoulders bore the brunt of the sun that day, and I earned…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Joel Goh

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
The Goh family Joel Goh graduated from California’s Stanford University in 2006 with co-terminal Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, then in 2014 received his PhD in Business Administration, also from Stanford. In addition, Joel served as a student leader in Stanford’s Chi Alpha ministry under the guidance of campus pastors Glen and Paula Davis. After finishing his doctorate, he went on to serve as an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, a position he held until this year.…

Vision

Posted by Jonathan Sixtos in Alumni
If you’re like me, you know the struggle of needing your glasses to find your glasses. I’ve been bespectacled since elementary school, and I’ve mostly adjusted to the lenses perched on my nose, clarifying the wide, wonderful world before me. The problem arises when I can’t find my glasses. My vision is lacking. In this summer season, many of us take time off to rest, relax, and recharge. Families pack up and venture to the beach. Kids frolic in a…

Alumni in the World Spotlight: Dylan Peterson

Posted by Jay Woodward in Alumni
Dylan Peterson Dylan Peterson graduated in 2014 from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou), with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her time in Chi Alpha at Mizzou, she experienced many spiritual breakthroughs. At The World Missions Summit 3 (TWMS3) she got the calling to serve in missions in the Middle East. With assistance from AGWM’s Pipeline, the Assemblies of God World Missions placement program, Dylan was connected with Live Dead, a mission initiative to plant churches in the…

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 and Tonia Brown 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…

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