James Hare

Hey! My name's James and I'm a FOCUS missionary serving in the Varsity Catholic division. I ran track and cross country at the University of Pittsburgh, where I also studied chemical engineering, before joining FOCUS in May 2018.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students, particularly student-athletes, at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. You'll typically find me around the athletic department, on the sports fields, at the cafeteria, or around the Campus Ministry center. I'm trying to meet students where they are in their faith and helping to make them the best version of themselves in the classroom, in practice or competition, and most importantly, in their relationship with God.

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. I grew up in a strong Catholic home but practiced the bare minimum when I first went to college. It wasn't until a missionary named Josh reached out to me that I discovered the real depth of what the Catholic Church offers to every soul on earth. It wasn't until I led my own Bible study that I learned I could share my faith with others, and it wasn't until FOCUS offered me a job that I learned how I was called to give my whole life to Christ, with the special opportunity to give some of it to serve on the college campus.

In this time on mission, my life has been and continues to be changed by Jesus, and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the message of the Gospel. In His three-year public 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: the twelve disciples who went with him everywhere. After his death, he commissioned them to reach the whole word, to "make disciples of all nations." I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world: the method of deep investment in a few to reach the many, in an ever-growing cycle of exponential growth. In my time so far at Seton Hall, I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus and had the joy of walking with on their journey to Christ. I've now spent two years there, and am returning to Seton Hall for a third year to serve as the Team Director. This means I will not only be reaching out to students, but coaching and forming my teammates to reach as many souls as possible throughout their time as missionaries and beyond.

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely completely 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 at Seton Hall. If you are interested in standing behind me in the battle for souls on the college campus, please let me know 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 …