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Our Team

Tyler and brooke Martin
campus pastors

Tyler is originally from South Arkansas & claims to be a nomad of sorts. He graduated from The University of the Ozarks with a degree in Physical Education - Health and PE. He really enjoys spending time fishing, playing sports, and traveling the world! Tyler believes that university students are the most strategic mission field in the world. By making disciples of students who live to disciple others, there's no limit to the expansion of the Kingdom of God in our world. If you’re ever looking for Tyler on campus, you can usually catch him playing ping pong or pool in the new student union.

 

Brooke is from Manila, Arkansas (population: 3,278). She graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, MO with a degree in Biblical Studies & minors in Church Leadership & Music. Brooke is an avid couponer, loves eating sushi, is always singing, & enjoys cooking! In college, she realized that the reason that there are still unreached people in the world is because the Church hasn't been following Jesus’ plan of generational discipleship. She realized that Chi Alpha disciples students better than any organization that she had heard of & because of this, she devoted her life to it! If you’re ever looking for Brooke on campus, you’ll probably find her in front of one of the many Chick-fil-A's hanging out with her Wolf Pack ladies!  

MIcah Odom and Ellie flores
staff

Ellie is from Arkansas where she has spent most of her life with the

exception of some of her childhood which was spent in Mexico. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she double-majored in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish! When Ellie is not working, she enjoys hiking, swimming and eating Indian food. Her absolute favorite spot on campus is the UT gardens, especially in the spring time! When asked why she does Chi Alpha, this was her response, "God has captured my heart and given me grace, strength, joy and His supernatural love. I want to share that & disciple students to help them live lives on fire for Jesus!”  

Micah is from good ‘ole Morristown, Tennessee & graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Business Management. Micah got involved with Chi Alpha as a sophomore at UT & loves the discipleship aspect of XA more than anything! Micah really enjoys learning more about God, playing sports, and hiking! He grew up as a Vol fan because of sports and now he is looking forward to sharing that similar passion with his Chi Alpha family and to keep spreading Jesus on Rocky Top!  

Emily Richard
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Emily was born and raised in Cabot, Arkansas. She went to Arkansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. The #1 thing on her bucket list is to visit every national park, she will never say no to a day spent by the pool, and most importantly: she is a die hard Boston Celtics fan! Emily began a relationship with Jesus on the college campus with Chi Alpha and is passionate about leading others to walk in the freedom of Christ. She is super pumped to call Rocky Top her home and is looking forward to being a Cruze Farm regular.  

Paul Sheesley
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Paul was raised in Maumelle, Arkansas and went to college not too far away from home at the University of Central Arkansas. He graduated with a degree in Biology. Paul enjoys playing basketball, eating whole strawberries (yes, the stems too) & is literally obsessed with Takis and collecting boards games! Paul got involved with Chi Alpha because he heard about it while growing up in church and he is still doing it today because his life was changed! He is especially looking forward to building family all around him at UT & learning how to wear Volunteer Orange!  

Kyle and Porscha Coffman
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Kyle was born in Booneville, Arkansas but he considers Russellville, AR to be home. Kyle graduated from Arkansas Tech University (home of the Wonderboys!) with a degree in Health and Physical Education. He really loves basketball , fishing , and playing board games. He got involved in Chi Alpha as a freshman by going to a frisbee event and then later meeting a guy who invited him into deeper community. Kyle was shown what it really meant to love God and people well. He is most excited to meet students in their freshman year and watch God work through their lives until they graduate and are sent to make disciples.

Porscha was born and raised in Russellville, Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Recreation and Parks Administration- Natural Resources. She really enjoys bird watching, identifying neat bugs, and her favorite dessert is a warm brownie with ice cream! Porscha got involved in Chi Alpha because she was searching for community and she found exactly what she was needing. Because of that, she is so excited to meet students on campus and bring them into the same loving community of believers.  

Zach and Callie Ward
Give-A-Year - Staff

Zach is from Church Hill, Tennessee. He will be a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in VolsTeach. Zach really loves to watch Marvel movies and play football. He especially loves to collect coins and currency from the places that he travels to. He got involved with Chi Alpha during his sophomore year after the legend, John Kees, invited him to a worship gathering. His favorite thing about UTK is sitting in Neyland Stadium with his Chi Alpha fam while cheering on the Vols!

 

Callie was raised in Clarksville, Tennessee & graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism. Callie collects snow-globes, enjoys traveling, & loves to cook! Callie spends a lot of time outdoors & if you’re ever looking for her on campus, be sure to check the UT Gardens! Callie got involved with Chi Alpha when looking for a campus ministry that would challenge her in her walk with God! A friend invited her to come & she hasn't looked back!

 

Zach and Callie will be giving a year of their lives to serve as a missionary to The University of Tennessee before serving as a missionary to the unreached in the Arab World.