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 a “more challenging” theatre program, 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. Sarah loves laughing with students, games that are not sports, and forcing people to listen to show tunes.
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.
Kelly Schlitz is a native Texan and graduated in 2010 from UT Dallas with a BA in Arts & Humanities. Her husband, Matt, writes software and hails from the Great White North (Wisconsin). Kelly enjoys many leisure activities typically associated with grandmothers, such as gardening, crocheting, sipping tea while reading classic novels, and going to bed before 10:00 pm. Fun fact: Kelly names her pets after people she admires and respects. She currently shares her home with Sojourner Truth “Soji” Schlitz, a 60-pound mutt who can clear a coffee table full of glasses with a single wag of her tail.
Caitlin graduated from UT Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. During her time at UTA, the Lord used college ministry to draw her nearer to him and ultimately decide to give her life to Christ. She knew the Lord was calling her back to UTA during this season to do the apprenticeship, and she’s so excited to be there this fall! Likes are olives of any kind and coffee. Dislikes are making decisions on where to eat and sweet tea (sorry). She is so excited to see all the work God will do in this upcoming year!
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.