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…

Stress

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
I ran into my apartment at my normal fast speed. I was late to a meeting, because my last meeting ran long. I exchanged a couple of items from my bag as I ran toward the door, already late for my next appointment. As I reached for the door handle, I paused for a moment and tossed up a quick prayer for strength and wisdom. In the brief moment that I paused I could feel my heart beating. Fast. In…

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…

Spiritual Care: Refueling

Posted by Gina White in Healthy Leaders
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (ESV). -Hebrews 12:1 There’s a principle in distance running: Refuel before you feel like you need it. The basic idea is if you wait until your body shows signs of need, it’s too late. By refueling well and often, you ensure finishing…

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…

The Wisest Investment

Posted by Alex Rodriguez in Training
I’ve noticed through the years there are generally two types of small group leaders by the time the year wraps up: those who are excited and those who are exhausted. Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of their disciples is training to be a small group leader, or is reading good books about Jesus, or they’re continually making time to be with Chi Alpha community. These leaders are excited because they’re seeing the reward of their…

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