Marissa DeWispelare


Hello! My name's Marissa. I'm a daughter of God and a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I have been given the privilege of reaching out to student-athletes in particular through Varsity Catholic, a division of FOCUS. It's amazing to be able to use my own college experience to serve others. Aberdeen is a fun little city. I love hanging out at the Newman Center, attending athletic events, and working out on the trails and in the Barnett Center athletic facility on campus. Jesus has changed and continues to change my life -- I would love to tell you about Him sometime! 

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to help students find their true identity in God. Realizing my divine daughterhood has transformed my life, and I want nothing more than to bring this joy and love to others by introducing them to the life-changing message of the Gospel. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us right where we are at, 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 in my own collegiate experience and now as a missionary at Northern State.

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 in many ways up to this point, and I firmly believe God will continue to provide. That said, this mission is not possible without 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. 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 …