Corey Kibbel

"Don't be the star of your own life. Let Jesus Christ be the star and you be the best supporting actor."

-Curtis Martin, founder and CEO of FOCUS

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Where I serve

I will be returning to Georgia College this year! Zach, Alyssa, and Jessica will be leaving GCSU, but I'll be joined by Jake, Kendra, and Molly this year. Jake was previously a missionary at Stephen F. Austin State University (my alma mater), so we're starting the year with a great relationship. 

My role will not be changing through the next academic year and I am excited to be working with Benjamin (on the right in the above picture), Austin, and Austin again this year. Austin Campbell got married this summer, and I am looking forward to helping establish his new family as an evangelistic powerhouse within the parish. As last year, I will be primarily focused on helping these men lead Bible studies and coaching them through leading other men to Jesus Christ. 

My Story

As a missionary, I have been gifted with the call to share my own relationship with Jesus Christ with the young men around me. This relationship helped me turn my life away from destructive habits and allowed me to begin building character supported by my faith. This year, I will have the opportunity to share this with the students at Georgia College and hopefully help them to do the same. 

I first encountered FOCUS as an organization through a good friend, Herman Cornejo. Through our friendship, he invited me into a deep authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Herman helped me connect my faith and relationship with Christ to my actions and my habits. Once this connection was made, and because of my personal relationship with Christ, it was impossible for my life not to change radically. I followed Herman through a discipleship program for a little more than a year before deciding to fully commit myself to the Catholic Church through the ministry of FOCUS.

Your Impact

College campuses today are places which are extremely hostile to Christianity in general. Around 80% of college aged men (18-24 years old) lose their faith completely while attending university. This was the case for me while I was still attending the University of Minnesota. 

Thankfully, I was encountered by a FOCUS missionary after transferring to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX, and given ample opportunity to rediscover my love of Christ and relationship with Him through His Sacraments. By similarly encountering college students, I will be able to foster authentic friendship with them so that they may be opened to a personal encounter with Christ. 

As a missionary, I am also blessed to have the task of fundraising for my own salary. In the early church, the apostles followed Jesus's example in being funded by their followers (Luke 8). This was fulfilled through gifts to the Church by various evangelized peoples. In the New Testament, Paul is the perfect example of a simple idea expressed by St. Therese of Lisieux: "some give by going, others go by giving," by offering opportunity to large groups of people to fulfill Christ's Great Commission without abandoning their homes and families. I hope that you prayerfully consider joining me on mission in serving the students of Georgia College.

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 …