Savanna Shurman

Hello! My name is Savanna and I am a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve my second year as a missionary at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Go Vols! I am filled with excitement to venture back to the mountainous Knoxville, Tennessee's "Rocky Top!"

I will be working on a team with Hailey, a third-year missionary, Matt, his fiancée, Amber, Brooke, our new first-year missionary, and Spencer, my new team director (listed in order left to right). 

My Story

My parents, Barbara and Gregory always set such a good example for me through their involvement in church ministry. We often spent weekends at church with the youth group. They instilled in me the value of serving others and giving time to God through the church. Naturally, I followed in their footsteps in high school and got involved with the high school ministry at my church Blessed Trinity. I found many of my friends there and had a lot of fun learning about God's love for me.

Soon though, church became one of the many activities I was part of in addition to chorus, theatre, Spanish club, math club etc. I liked how it made me feel when  I was there surrounded by friends and affirmation. When I got to college, I quickly jumped into a lot of activities to combat the loneliness I felt during that time of transition. I was left empty because I needed more than that. I needed to know Jesus and make him a part of every day. Luckily, Jesus sent me some amazing friends who deeply invested in me and showed me how faith is about a relationship with Christ and the church! These friends spent time getting to know me, inviting me to pray and sing with them, and overall helped me develop a life of prayer and making a gift of myself to others.

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus.

Your Impact

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


Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …