We are an equipped, Spirit-Empowered community of believers abiding fully in Jesus and living with Kingdom abandon to contextually share the gospel and fulfill the Great Commission
WHO WE ARE
Chi Alpha is a national campus ministry on over 300 university campuses worldwide. We're a movement of college-aged men and women earnestly following Jesus Christ. Our mission is to reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-Filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace and the world.
5 FOLD APPROACH
We seek to introduce fellow collegians to an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. We plan to do this through prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission.
4 PILLARS OF LEADERSHIP
These pillars should be reflected in our students, missionaries and staff. Prayer encompasses all these pillars. You honor and respect those for whom you pray, and you are united with God and others in prayer. We encourage prayer. It is the way we communicate and intercede to God for friends, family and ourselves. Jesus taught us how to pray and we should do so on a regular basis. You can pray by yourself (Matthew 6:6) or with others (Matthew 18:20).
MEET OUR STUDENT OFFICERS
MEET OUR STAFF
Pastor Chris Wheeler
Chris Wheeler grew up in Canada and has been involved in campus ministry for over 20 years. He moved to Fort Myers from Atlanta, GA in August 2011 to join the staff at First Assembly of God church as the Collegiate Ministries Pastor with his wife Shawn and their four children. Initially, he began to work with the students involved in the Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. During this time, he saw student be transformed by the power of the gospel. Pastor Chris was then given responsibility to oversee The House - College and Career ministry at First Assembly and the Florida School of Discipleship at First Assembly. His heart is to equip men and women to glorify God in every aspect of their lives: in relationships, academics, professional pursuits, and the application of the Word of God in each decision that they make. The joy of his life is to see people display the love and wisdom of Jesus.
Educational Background: B.A. in Religion from Rocky Mountain College (CAN), M.A. in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Taylor and Amy graduated from Virginia Tech and worked in the marketplace in Madison, WI. By the Lord's leading, they moved to Fort Myers, FL to join Chi Alpha. Taylor, Amy, and their growing family's mission is to see students of all backgrounds reconciled to Jesus Christ. Taylor and Amy can't wait to see students truly abide in Jesus and fulfill the Great Commission.
Educational Background: Taylor - B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech (2014), Licensed with the Assembly of God (2020). Amy - B.S. in Human Development, Minor in Leadership and Social Change from Virginia Tech (2014).
CMIT: Taylor & Amy - 2018-2019 at Florida Gulf Coast University
Brendan & Jessica Kirkland
Brendan and Jessica's life vision statement is, "To the ends of the earth, wherever He calls, we will follow." Originally from Tennessee, Brendan put his faith in Jesus after moving to south Florida. Jessica, a Florida native, began following Jesus during college. Jessica began serving with Chi Alpha in 2019. Following their joyous marriage in June 2021, Brendan joined Chi Alpha.
Educational Background: Brendan - B.S. in Management Excellence & Human Resources from Tennessee Wesleyan University (2016). Jessica - B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing from University of Florida (2017), Licensed with the Assembly of God (2021).
CMIT: Jessica - 2019-2020 at Florida Gulf Coast University
Campus Missionary Associate
When the Lord led Sierra to Chi Alpha in college, she knew she had found her spiritual family. It was there that she learned what it means to truly follow Jesus. After completing a year of missionary training post-college, she is excited to train and teach college students to love Jesus with all they have and see them launched into their roles in carrying the Gospel to the ends of the earth! Her favorite parts of campus ministry are leading small groups, teaching students how to dive into the Bible, and seeing them hear from God.
Educational Background: B.A. in English from Florida Gulf Coast University (2019).
CMIT: 2019-2020 at Florida Gulf Coast University
Francheska Diaz Colon
Campus Missionary Associate
Francheska glimpsed Chi Alpha as a student when Fort Myers Chi Alpha came to her school, the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, on a mission trip . She was mentored by Chi Alpha staff members, went to Chi Alpha's SALT retreat in 2019, and was obedient to answer God’s call to join Chi Alpha and do the CMIT internship program. Francheska is excited to reach other Spanish speakers at FGCU. Her ultimate goal is to raise a team that will pioneer a Chi Alpha at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.
Educational Background: B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (2020).
CMIT: 2020-2021 at Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Joe Mulvihill
Dr. Mulvihill is a Christian theologian, apologist and scholar who equips students to anticipate, defend and articulate Christian truths. He has spent nearly two decades working in higher education and has spoken to thousands in a multiplicity of church venues. He has delivered talks on many campuses (Ga. Tech Univ., Univ. of Central Florida, Ga. State Univ. Kennesaw St. Univ., FL. Southwestern Univ., Lee Univ.) on a range of apologetics issues. He volunteered with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, was an assistant to Dr. William Lane Craig, and had the privilege of working with Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Michael Licona. Dr. William Lane Craig comments; “I had the pleasure of attending a few of Joe’s teaching sessions for my Defenders class and was duly impressed with his evident preparation, clear articulation of the issues, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with an audience of mature Christians given to critical inquiry.” Mulvihill is a pastor at First Assembly Church and is the Academic Dean of the FL. School of Discipleship.
Educational Background: Masters in Theological Studies from Lee University, Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Northwest University.