Paul Austin, Chi Alpha’s national pioneering director, has been coaching pioneers and Chi Alpha leaders since 2012. His expertise in pioneering and broad experience working with leaders on all sizes and types of campuses gives him a unique background when wrestling with implementing growth and change in a ministry.
Tara Barreca began serving with Chi Alpha in 2012. Having a heart to support others on their journey, she became a certified life coach in 2019. Currently, Tara serves on the Chi Alpha Coaching Lead Team. Along with providing coaching to Chi Alpha pastors and their staff, Tara supports the vision and implementation of goals in the Chi Alpha Coaching department. Her heart is to see ministers walking in health and wholeness, thriving in their field.
Delyn Cole followed Jesus’ call to disciple students and helped her husband Curtis pioneer Chi Alpha at the University of Oregon in 1988 and at the University of Montana–Western in 1991. All along the way Delyn developed a heart for strategically investing in the lives of others. As Chi Alpha’s coaching and support raising training director, she works alongside Chi Alpha’s certified coaches and support raising trainers to raise up fully funded, effective, and healthy missionaries. Delyns holds Associate Certified Coach Credentials with the International Coach Federation.
Jerry currently serves as a field specialist focused on Chi Alpha’s local church initiative. He has served Jesus as a world missionary in Mexico and Spain, was the former director of XAi (formerly ISFM), and a campus pastor of a growing church in Oregon. His passion has always been to encourage growth in leaders to become the best they can be. Coaching serves that passion. He holds Associate Certified Coach Credentials with the International Coach Federation.
Kendra Kerston began serving with Chi Alpha in 2012. Alongside her husband, Brandon, she helped pioneer a ministry at San Diego State University. In 2017, she started her coaching training and began coaching her staff and students. During this coaching journey she found that her leadership capabilities greatly improved. Now, in 2022, Kendra is an ICF certified coach and has joined the Chi Alpha coaching lead team full time.
Mike Olejarz has served as a missionary with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries since 1982. He has worked in our mission organization as a campus missionary, CMIT director, district and regional director, national leader (on two occasions) and coach. He currently serves as a field specialist based in Charlottesville, VA.
Joy devotes her life to empowering people to run life’s race unencumbered by needless baggage. She is a voracious learner, loves truth, and loves to laugh. She believes that following Jesus is best done together in authentic community.