Elli Schmidt

Welcome to my page, I'm happy you're here! Feel free to look around to learn about my mission and how you can join me in reaching souls for Christ! 

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Where I serve

Throughout my nine-year career at FOCUS, I have grown from working in this mission on a granular level as an on-campus missionary, to now overseeing our efforts nationally, working with our over 30,000+ alumni to help them land careers post FOCUS. As the Senior Manager of Career Services, I mobilize and empower our departing staff and missionary alumni to become virtuous leaders across the most diverse for-profit industries. Through individualized coaching, talent acquisition and marketing I have had the opportunity to launch through Podcasts and other media.  I get to be a missionary to the missionaries and help them launch into lifelong Catholic mission!  My husband Greg and I live in sunny Santa Barbara.  I am excited to see what Our Lord has in store for me next.

Previously I served at these campuses and FOCUS HQ:


My Story

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'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.

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 …