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.
WHO WE ARE
In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:20,
"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God."
Our movement finds its identity in this passage. We believe that God longs to have each and every person be reconciled to Himself. Each of us who takes on the identity of "Christian" becomes Christ's ambassador--or christou apostoloi in Greek, which we shorten to the first letters "Chi" and "Alpha" (or XA). Our name is our constant reminder that each of us has a real part to play in bringing the gospel to this world.
Chi Alpha is sponsored by the Assemblies of God who provides local campus ministries with support, resources, and a network of worldwide partnership. The Assemblies of God equips Chi Alpha staff, including campus missionaries, and student leaders. You do not need to have a history with the AG church to be a part of Chi Alpha. All are welcomed!
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.
“Our primary strategy is to work towards the building of a group or community of people who share the ideals of becoming a community of worship, a community of prayer, a community of fellowship, a community of discipleship, and a community of mission. We believe the most fertile atmosphere for people to come to faith and maturity in Christ is warm exposure to a group of people fervently committed to the God of the Bible, to one another, and to the task of evangelizing the campus. As a worshipping, loving, praying, discipling, witnessing community, they demonstrate the Kingdom of God and most effectively enculturate others in it.”
Chi Alpha Philosophy
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 LEADERS
MEET OUR STAFF
Pastor Chris Wheeler - Campus Pastor
Chris Wheeler moved to Fort Myers from Atlanta in August, 2011 to join the staff at First Assembly 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. In July of 2013, he took over leadership of The House - College and Career ministry, a sister ministry and home church for Fort Myers Chi Alpha. His heart is to equip men and women to glorify God in every aspect of their lives: in relationships, to academics and professional pursuits, to 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.
Lindsey Feinstein - Campus Director
Lindsey Feinstein and her husband, Clay, have the joy of shepherding today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders in campus ministry in Fort Myers, FL. From students’ passions and relationships to their academic and professional pursuits, it is Lindsey’s passion and purpose to see students called, consecrated, and commissioned by Christ to advance His Kingdom. Her mission at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College is to reconcile students to Christ and equip them through Spirit-filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform these campuses, Fort Myers, the marketplace, and the world.
Educational Background: B.S. in Education and Religion (2013), M.A. in Christian Ministry and Discipleship from Liberty University (2015), M.A. in Ministerial Leadership and Church Planting from Southeastern University (2017).
Dr. Joe Mulvihill - Staff Apologist
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 currently 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.
By the Lord's leading, Taylor and Amy moved to Fort Myers to learn under and work for Chi Alpha. Bringing the skills they learned from corporate and non-profit worlds in Wisconsin, Taylor and Amy's mission is to see students of all backgrounds founded and empowered through Jesus Christ. They are incredibly honored to be used by the Lord to see the Kingdom of God come in Fort Myers, Florida.
Educational Background: Taylor - B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech (2014). Amy - B.S. in Human Development, Minor in Leadership and Social Change from Virginia Tech (2014)
CMIT: 2018-2019 at Florida Gulf Coast University
An Illinois native, Lacey graduated from the Florida School of Discipleship in 2019 with her husband Micah. Their heart is to share Jesus through word and deed to all with the hope of seeing people eternally saved through the blood of Jesus. Lacey is so excited to minister to students of various backgrounds in Fort Myers. Lacey and Micah's hope is to see the Kingdom of God grown all over the world.
Alyna's bio coming soon!
Educational Background: Bachelor's Degree from Florida SouthWestern State College