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MEET OUR STAFF

JOEL SCHREIBER

Chi Alpha District Director

Edinboro University Chi Alpha was founded by Joel and Nichole Schreiber in 2005. There are over 4,000 students on Edinboro's campus and Chi Alpha is out to serve each and every one of them with the refreshing grace of Jesus Christ.

#JoelsFavs: spending time with his wife and kids, The Office, coffee, camping, hiking, anything outdoors

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TJ SCHAEFER
Co-Director

Tj grew up around the Edinboro area, graduating from Northwestern High School. He obtained his bachelor's degree in health and physical education with a concentration in exercise science from Edinboro University in 2016. Tj then completed his CMIT and CMIT-e years at both Edinboro and Fairmont State University. He has been serving as a full-time missionary with Chi Alpha since 2016 and is currently operating as co-director at Edinboro XA. He is married to his lovely wife, Nicole, and they have a rescue dog named Roo.  

“I love pastoring students throughout their process of taking ownership of their faith. Seeing their passion in the pursuit of God is incredible and equipping them to live out their faith in Jesus is an honor.” 

 

#TjsFavs: spending time with my wife and pup, hammocking, board & card games, anime, Star Wars, reading, adventures, and laughing

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Johnnie Hice
Worship Director

Johnnie is from Ratcliff, AR. She received her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Now she calls Edinboro, PA home and has committed her life to seeing college students fall in love with Jesus. She completed her CMIT and CMIT-e years at Edinboro University and is now serving as full time staff. 

 

“I wouldn’t be who I am today if someone had not spiritually invested in me in college. I believe the college campus is a strategic mission field where lives can be transformed. Getting to be a part of students falling in love with Jesus is the honor of my life."

 

#JohnniesFavs: Taco Bell, books, cooking/baking, & cats

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ALLYSON SARRING
Co-Director

Ally grew up in Edinboro, PA. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a bachelor's in journalism & mass communications w/ specializations in print and broadcast media. Ally grew up in the church but her faith didn't become her own until she came to college. That is why she is so passionate about reaching this generation for Jesus. She completed her CMIT (Campus Missionary In Training) program at Edinboro University Chi Alpha in 2015, and has been on staff since. In May of 2022, Ally became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.  

"God has such a huge heart for college students. Every day I get to witness students having an encounter with Jesus for the first time, and it's an honor to journey with students as they put down roots in their faith. The Kingdom of God is continuing to grow on college campuses all across the nation. We pray, 'Here as it is in heaven.' "

#AllysFavs: tacos, diamond painting, white sneakers, disney 

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BRIANNA MESSINGER
CMIT Coordinator

Bri is originally from just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, but her life moved to Edinboro in 2012, and she graduated from the University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in art education and comprehensive secondary english education. She then completed her CMIT year at Edinboro in 2018 and has been on staff since.

She and her husband, Trevor, live near Corry, PA.

"I love Jesus, and I want to share that with other people. I'm so grateful that we get to do just that with such unique, diverse, and passionate students at this school."

#BrisFavs: spending time with family, campfires, painting & ceramics

JOHNATHAN MENDOZA
Staff

Jonathan was born and raised in Queens, NY. He graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Missional Ministries, knowing God had called him to be a missionary, but not knowing any of the specifics. After his time spent interning with the Young Adult Ministry at Bethlehem Assembly of God, Jonathan came to the realization that the college campus was a mission field, and that students needed people to invest in their lives, the same way someone had done for him. His home church decided to partner with Chi Alpha missionaries who were looking to impact NYC campuses, and that’s where his XA journey began. After completing his 2-year internship, Jonathan has been on staff since the Fall of 2020.

“I genuinely want our students to know and encounter the Person of Jesus. Many of them come in with ideas, philosophies, and other baggage that gets in the way, but I know from personal experience that understanding that the Lord is alive and that He speaks to us makes all of the difference. We will do so much more for the love of the Person of Jesus than we would ever do for the sake of religious tradition, and I’m so excited to see the Lord capture the hearts of people on Edinboro’s campus.”

#JonathansFavs: video games, the season fall, chocolate in all its forms, & spontaneous adventures