The University of Utah is not notorious for sending Christian missionaries. Yet, while attending school there, both Lisa and I were confronted with the need for people to be given the opportunity to say “Yes” to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Since we joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1983 (Dennis) and 1992 (Lisa), we have been involved in introducing people to the person of Christ, helping them grow in a relationship with God, then training them to reach their world with Christ’s love. We can’t imagine another calling that better suits our passions.
By combining Dennis’ 10 years in campus field ministry with 19 years in our National Campus Office (working in Training & Development, directing the Campus Media Team and directing Staff Care as a part of Campus Ministries’ Human Resources ) Dennis now gives leadership to what we call theLAB. We think of it as design + technology = good chemistry. This team’s purpose is to create media solutions for our mission of turning lost student into Christ-centered laborers.
Dennis loves listening to the bible, podcasts (about technology [especially all things Apple], design, photography, etc.), photography, and audible books. He tries to stay fit with swimming, recumbent biking, exercise machines and weight lifting.
Ten years ago, Lisa began the unthinkable journey of home educating our three lively kids (Madison 16, Keegan 14 and Cole 11). Amazingly, they’re still alive and at it after all these years. This consumes the majority of her time and energy. Aside from her family, Lisa has a passion for spiritual direction/spiritual formation and enjoys the rare privilege of facilitating a spiritual formation group of 9 crazy and wonderful women each Thursday night. She loves the sun, the beach, cooking, entertaining, exercising and reading, too. Oh, in her free time (wink) she serves as an elder at their church.
A new adventure God has led us to pursue is loving and parenting two additional children Meseret (10) and Kamise (8). In January of this year (2012) we brought these girls home from Ethiopia. This is life changing for both them and us.