Jeremy Cassidy

Regional Director, West Area, Serving the Northwest Schools

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Where I serve

My Wife Diana, my 5 children and I live in Spokane, WA.  We have been blessed to spearhead expansion and serve the 8 new schools FOCUS serves in the Pacific Northwest.  My day to day is traveling around and visiting the campuses we serve in the PNW, developing relationships with the various Diocese we serve (Archdiocese of Seattle and Portland, Diocese of Boise and Spokane), and working to increase understanding and practice of Discipleship Models in the Northwest.  

My Story

In the Fall of 2000, I was a Junior in college at Carroll College in Montana.  I had tried my hardest to run the race as I knew God desired, while also be all about the ways of the world.  At that point I stood at a crossroads.  A young excited missionary with FOCUS approached me and invited himself to be a part of my life by going on a long car ride with me.  During that car ride he invited me to begin to go deeper in my faith and journey with the Lord.  So I did, and shortly after, I found myself at a National FOCUS Conference in Lincoln, NE and my life at that point began to journey down the path of desiring and feeling called to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Two years later in the Spring of 2004, myself, and 4 other classmates of mine, one being my now wife Diana, felt the call to become missionaries and accepted the offer.  

I then served with FOCUS at Benedictine College for two years.  While Diana (as we were not married yet) served at University of New Mexico - Highlands for two years.  We were then married in the Fall of 2006, after which Diana continued to serve with FOCUS as a campus missionary at Benedictine College and I began my teaching career at Atchison Middle School.  In the Spring of 2008, I was invited to move to Denver and attend the Augustine Institute to pursue a degree in Catechesis with an emphasis in Catholic School Administration and teach at St. Mary's in Littleton.  Diana was invited to serve in a part-time roll on the FOCUS Events team in Denver, and in May our oldest Simeon (now 10) was born.  During our time in Denver, Joseph (now 8) was born, and we dove deeper in the the Church and the New Evangelization.  In January of 2011 I felt the call to rejoin FOCUS staff and was placed as Team Director at University of South Dakota in the Fall of 2011.  We served there for three years, during which time Dominic (now 6) was born in January 2012, and Anastasia (now 4) was born in April 2014.  

Just before Anastasia was born, FOCUS offered me a role as Director of Collegiate Outreach for the West Region, with a specific emphasis to replicate the amazing explosion of evangelization we witnessed at USD and to seek to expand north and west of the Rockies in the Great Pacific Northwest, where both Diana and I were from.  In the Summer of 2014 we moved to Denver, to begin the role.  I served various campuses spattered all over the country from Univ. of Northern Arizona, to Colorado School of Mines and Univ. of Northern Colorado, and Franciscan University of Steubenville and Carnegie Melon.  All while beginning to develop connections and relationships in the Northwest.  What happened next was an act of God's miraculous power.  

I thought expansion to the Northwest would take 5-10 years.  But within two years we had been invited to expand to 7 schools; Western Washington Univ., Eastern Washington Univ., Washington State Univ., Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Idaho, Boise State Univ., and Idaho State Univ.  And then this year we added the Univ. of Utah.  And it was during that time that Diana and I felt called to move our family abruptly (our 7th move in 12 years!!) to Spokane to be more centrally located to the schools we were serving and to serve the Diocese' in the area.  It has been an amazing ride.  Please continue to pray for us.  

Your Impact

When we answered the call to join FOCUS (both times), we made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help us through this mission. We've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with us as we serve this tremendous mission. If you are interested in partnering with us, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

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