Sarah is the voice of FOCUS, and by that we mean that she is the loudest person on staff. Her heart for college students grew after she became a Christian as a student at Collin College. She started out in college at UNT studying theatre, and then left there in search of something different, swearing to never go back. The Lord had other plans in mind, and He won her heart and sent her back to be a part of planting UNT FOCUS two years later. After a few beautiful years in Denton, she moved to Arlington to be a part of planting FOCUS at UTA. Mav up! Sarah can be found mall walking and eating cinnamon pretzels with her husband, Brandon (who is almost as funny as she is), singing show tunes, or laughing at her own jokes.
Austin graduated from the UNT. He has a love for Film and his extensive knowledge of movie quotes make their way into about 50% of his conversations. Also, about three times a week, Austin goes out to a local park to enjoy his favorite sport, Disc Golf. Austin will firmly defend the validity of using the term “sport” to describe Disc Golf simply because it’s the only one that he’s ever been any good at. However, Austin’s greatest passion is sharing the Love of God with every person that he interacts with and couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to do that on college campuses.
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 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. Campus ministry is something close to her heart because of her own experience in college. She was grown in college through spiritual friendships and really studying the Bible. Emily graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in sociology. Now, after completing the FOCUS apprenticeship, all of Emily’s training has led her to be a qualified friend. She is so excited to be at UTA!
As a psychology grad from UTD, Emily is all about people. Getting to share the love of Jesus through deep friendship is her bread and butter. Her other passions include laughing way too hard, listening to new music, Youtube, and eating Chipotle. Emily is excited to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at UTA as she stays on staff with FOCUS part-time this year!