Jamie Cleaton

"The glory of God is man fully alive" - St. Irenaeus

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Where I serve

I serve as Associate Regional Director for California. The campuses I serve include University of California Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, and San Diego State University. I will also be back at San Diego State University in a hybrid campus ministry role and as consulting missionary on the SDSU FOCUS team. California is my home. I know much like myself, the Lord has such a heart for the people here. California is also mission grounds and in need of the radical call of Christ. I am honored and excited to be a part of what the Lord has in store for the young Church of California.

My Story

On December 28th, 2008 I knelt down on the snow covered pavement of Cincinnati Ohio and asked my beautiful girlfriend Grace if she would marry me. I don’t remember much of what stammered out of my mouth, but I do remember saying, “I don’t know what adventures lie ahead, but I do know we will be on mission”. Little did I know how prophetic my words would be. Now almost 12 years into our marriage, 5 kids deep, and 3 different ministry positions spanning 11 years, we are taking another step even deeper into that initial missionary calling in our marriage and becoming FOCUS missionaries.

 “I came that you might have life, and have it to the full” - John 10:10 

These have been the words echoing in my heart since I first gave my life to the Lord, echoing in my mind as I studied our beautiful Catholic theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and echoing out of my mouth through these many years of ministry in southern California. Each transition and life change has only brought us more and more into that promise of fullness. My hope and prayer is that our mission will let that fullness overflow into the lives of all that we are blessed to impact through this next step with FOCUS. A life of mission is a story of great joy and adventure that only can be authored by the Holy Spirit. 

And so we pray “Come Holy Spirit!”

Your Impact

The missionary work of the Catholic Church is an act of the community. As the Lord sent out the apostles on mission in pairs, so we know that we cannot do this alone. So we invite you into this mission of bringing young adults on college campuses into a radical encounter with the fullness of life offered through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The mission that lays ahead relys on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners like you. 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. It would be my honor to share and invite you into mission with us.

 “Some give by going, others go by giving” 

– St Mother Teresa

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 …