Aaron joined FOCUS while a student at Collin College, where he developed a passion for college ministry. He transferred to UNT, graduating with a Drawing and Painting degree. Art is a useful way for him to connect with God and other people. Aaron and his wife Tate married in the summer of 2018. Like Aaron, Tate is also an art fanatic. In their free time you will find Aaron and Tate obsessing over every decorative detail of their home, eating lot’s of Braum’s ice cream, and watching the Andy Griffith Show.
Born and raised in the plains, Brittany graduated from UTD in 2011 with a Bachelors in Finance. Brittany married Kevin in 2012, and their heart for ministry and music carried them to Austin and Nashville. Despite her best efforts to escape the plains and live in the hills, God moved her back to Texas to be a campus minister with FOCUS. Although Texas is much less green than Tennessee, it also holds some of her favorite memories—most of which came from serving in FOCUS as a UTD student. She is very passionate about equipping college students to be disciples, and could not be more excited to be serving in Denton with her husband and their new baby girl, Willow.
Ryan graduated from UNT with a degree in Integrative Studies, concentrating on Sociology and Emergency Management. Those four years in FOCUS at UNT really grew his love for Jesus and for other people, and were a huge factor in why he wanted to go into full-time ministry after graduating. After working the past couple years with the students at Collin College, he and his wife are back in Denton working hard to raise their first dog right.
After spending a brief 7 years at UNT completing her degree in Integrative Studies, she decided to make it an even 8 by doing the FOCUS Apprenticeship. One of Shayla’s visions for campus ministry is that people know they are worthy to be known, and their stories are worth listening to. When she’s not hanging out with college students, she can be found petting every dog she sees, eating breakfast tacos, spending time at her local trampoline park, or starting a show 3 years after its premiere date.
Kristen joined the Denton team after graduating from the University of North Texas. She found FOCUS her freshman year, and has been excited about what God’s doing through campus ministry ever since! In her free time, she enjoys listening to audiobooks that are narrated by people with Scottish accents. She fancies herself a butterfly enthusiast, and will always say yes to free queso.
Reagann was born and raised in the DFW area and just graduated from UNT with her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Towards the end of her freshman year, she got involved in FOCUS and fell in love with campus ministry. Although she had planned to pursue forensic chemistry after graduation, God tugged her towards the apprenticeship. She’s so excited for this next chapter of her life in Denton and can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, eating queso, and reorganizing her book collection.
Brittany grew up in Austin, Texas before making the big move to Denton. She pursued her bachelor’s degree in Biology at UNT, originally intending to pursue nursing, but God had other plans. She felt called to ministry, and is excited to be an apprentice this year! In her free time you can find her riding rollercoasters, watching baby videos, or running away from cinnamon.
Ryan has made the trek north to Denton after graduating with his Bachelors in Business Administration from UT Dallas. Ryan has a knack for people and loves to be involved in the lives of others. He has learned what it truly means to be a follower of Christ during his time with FOCUS as a student. Ryan felt God calling him to be an apprentice, and is excited for the the plans God has in store for him this coming year. During his downtime, you can find Ryan at a Dallas Stars game, inhaling Dr. Pepper, or chasing after dogs.