After being raised on the inner-city streets of Garland, TX, Jalen and his street cred took their talents to UT Dallas, where Jalen pursued a degree in Mathematics, the discipline of the hood. While Jalen pursued math, God pursued him, leading him into the FOCUS community while he was a freshman. By the time he graduated from UTD, Jalen had developed a deep love for sharing God’s love with college students, which God used to lead him into full-time campus ministry. Jalen feels so privileged to be able to spend his hours ministering to UT Arlington and DBU students while remaining faithful to his secondary passion, dessert.
Emily is a lady of simple pleasures. She loves Jesus, snacks, true crime and meeting new people. Emily came to know Christ her junior year of high school through a simple invitation to come to church. There she was introduced to her Creator who deeply loved her, died for her and who was now inviting her to join His mission. College ministry is near and dear to Emily’s heart because of the relationships she made while on campus. In 2018, Emily graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in sociology. She has been joyfully serving on as a FOCUS pastor since then. Emily is so excited to be serving at UTA and DBU this year.