Chi Alpha Staff
Originally from the metropolis of Washougal, WA, Christian attended high school in to Lake Stevens, WA where he began following Jesus. Quickly after accepting Christ he felt God’s calling to ministry. While attending Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, he fell in love with coffee, his wife Ramona, and college ministry. After college, he pioneered a Chi Alpha Ministry at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WA from 2007-2017. In May 2018, he moved his family to Corvallis to re-pioneer Chi Alpha at Oregon State University. He has four kids - Faye, Eva, Anna, and Levin. Christian was a wrestler and a literature major which kind of makes him a paradox - but a lot of fun.
Johanna grew up in a small town called University Place near Tacoma, WA until moving up to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University. Initially on a career path to become a surgeon, Johanna started following Jesus while a student at Western and felt called by God to instead reach college students. She graduated in 2014 with a BS in kinesiology with a healthcare emphasis. Following this, she spent time as a Campus Missionary in Training, obtained pastoral credentials, and moved down to Chico, CA, where she was part of a team pioneering a Chi Alpha group at the university there. Since then, she has joined the Chi Alpha team here in Corvallis, OR, starting up a ministry at OSU.
In her free time, Johanna enjoys reading, painting, playing ultimate frisbee, and collecting medieval weaponry. She is passionate about learning and dinosaurs.
Hope grew up in China and moved to Portland with her family when she was in high school. She graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Biology, originally planning on pursuing a career in healthcare. After college she served in AmeriCorps tutoring middle schoolers in Jacksonville, FL, where she discovered a love for mentoring. Feeling God redirect her to university ministry, Hope worked with Chi Alpha at Western Washington University for two years before joining the Chi Alpha team at Oregon State University.
Hope loves dancing, talking with people, learning languages, finding the beauty in things, and hugs!
Nathan was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University with degrees in both Communication and Philosophy. He also went to Capernwray Bible School in England where he enjoyed sheep and rice pudding. At Capenwray, he found that he was very gifted at mentoring students through questions of faith and life. When he got home, he wanted to continue in what the Lord had seemed to gift him in doing. The most influential books he’s read in his life are The Return of the Prodigal by Henri Nouwen and The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.
Julie grew up in small-town eastern Washington and discovered a passion for disciple-making and having conversations about God while at Washington State University studying mathematics and minoring in music. Wanting to make a difference in the world, she pursued a career in campus ministry. After 5 years serving at Washington State, she and her husband Jeremy moved to Corvallis to work with the team at OSU. She loves putting her relational and organizational skills to work as she befriends international mothers and serves as the Chi Alpha administrator.
Julie loves asking questions, spreadsheets, reading, and being a mom to an adventurous, on-the-move two-year-old daughter.