Garrett is husband to an amazing wife, Erika, and dad to Jack and Juniper. In addition to ministry he also works as a professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has a passion for woodworking, sports, and writing. He finds ministry deeply rewarding and plans to stay in it his whole life.
Danielle Rodriguez Clark
Danielle is a wife to her husband, Matt, and mom to their sweet daughter, Eliana. She enjoys walks with Matt, Ellie, and their dog, Ginger. If their cat, Emmie, could walk with a leash, she would enjoy that too. She loves doing ministry with college students because of their enthusiasm and passion!
Pedro was born in a tiny town in Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of 6. It took 3 years of bilingual classes for him to learn English, and now he can’t stop talking about how good the Lord is. After two years at Collin College he went to UNT to finish his degree, and has been back at Collin ever since. This year, he’s looking forward to working and growing alongside his compassionate, bold, and lovely wife Kristen while they watch their dog, Peppa, grow up.
Adriana immigrated from Mexico to the United States along with her family at the age of 3. The goal was to find a better future, one that included a stable and high salary career. This better future took her to Texas Woman’s University in Denton where she discovered the importance of being a committed disciple. Three years later, she graduated with a dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing and landed her dream job at The Michael’s Company as a Product Coordinator. Over the next 2 years, she kept ties with the FOCUS community, eventually deciding to come back with us full-time at Collin College!
After moving every 2 or so years growing up, Jacy has planted herself in Plano with her husband, Alex. Her time in FOCUS at UNT gave her a family away from home, which she hopes to bring to students on the Collin campuses. She’s excited to deepen relationships with returning students and connect with new people this year, but if she misses her daily cup of coffee, you might catch her daydreaming about eating cheesecake or having a pet goat.
Austin grew up in an old dirt town named Lucas and started attending Collin College in 2010. Searching and praying to find a Godly community, his prayers were answered when a student introduced him to FOCUS. He graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce and spent a year as a pastoral apprentice with the Collin FOCUS staff team. He heard God’s call to stay in campus ministry and is super pumped to continue to build the kingdom at Collin College. In his free time, Austin enjoys pigging out on tacos, spend hours at local coffee shops, and playing sports with his friends.
Renee first became involved in FOCUS back in Fall 2013 where she quickly felt a part of the family of hooligans there. She later graduated from UTA in 2018 with the longest degree name (B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Human Behavior and Intercultural Communications with a minor in Psychology). After working for a few years, Renee is so excited to join the FOCUS Collin team as an apprentice for the 2021-22 school year!
Orion graduated from UNT with an unofficial degree in birdwatching. The official degree would be Ecology, but she refuses to think critically about numbers and data when it comes to research. She does love being around people and being their biggest fans when she can, something she attributes to Jesus and him changing her heart. Her time in FOCUS led her to reshape the way she saw God from a distant deity to a close, relational Father. In her free time, she loves experimenting with baking and fawning over her photogenic leopard gecko, Mowgli.
Austin first came to FOCUS his sophomore year at Collin College. There he met Austin Bailey (or Lonnie), who in turn introduced him to Jesus. Ever since, he fell in love with college students and God’s heart to reach them. Austin recently graduated from UT Arlington and got married to his very awesome and goofy wife, Taylor. He enjoys competitive games (sports or board games), being outdoors, and recently discovered a deep love for musicals.
Alex graduated from UTD with a degree in Spiritual Community (in addition to her Public Affairs degree and Psychology minor)! She’s always loved learning about people’s lives and seeing God work through them. If she’s not making fresh bread or trying something random in the kitchen, you can find her walking around barefoot or discussing the finer points of ministry until falling asleep on the couch at midnight.