Stephanie Shipley

"To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them"

-St. Thomas Aquinas

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Where I serve

My first year on staff, I served at the University of Kentucky.  Then I moved back to my home state of Georgia to serve at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA for two years.  This year, I am starting my second year as a Regional Campus Director, where I am the Team Director at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and the Regional Director for Vanderbilt, Belmont University, and the University of Memphis.

My Vanderbilt Team (Me, Ruth, Andrew, Alan, and Jen) with our Chaplain Fr. Fye.

My Story

Growing up a proud Catholic in the middle of the "Bible Belt" of the South, I thought I had a good grasp on the Catholic Faith.  I went to mass and youth group every Sunday, attended all the retreats, and was the "good little Catholic girl" in school.  I definitely thought I had a relationship with Jesus.  However, when I started college at Georgia Southern University and met the FOCUS missionaries, I saw in them what was missing in myself, the joy that comes from that personal encounter and relationship with Our Lord.  I slowly learned, through the guidance of the missionaries, how to have that personal relationship with Jesus through prayer, mass, and confession.  Eventually, I came to desire to share the joy that I now had from my own relationship with Christ with everyone and anyone I encountered.  To do this in a much more intentional way, I followed God calling me to be a FOCUS missionary, and today, I could not be more grateful for where He has led me and I can't wait to see where He will take me next.

Me with my Georgia Southern missionary/discipler, Katie back in 2011.

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 journey. I've been blessed with amazing people who have joined 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'd 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.

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Teach Others to Share Christ

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