Robert Badman

Hi! I’m Rob Badman, and I am in year 2 with FOCUS at WVU!

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Where I serve

God has asked me to serve at West Virginia University. Let's go Mountaineers! You can find me at St. John's, Newman Hall, the MountainLair, the Crossings at Evansdale, or if all else fails, via email/text. If you want someone to listen to you or someone to tell you a cool story about how Jesus changed his life, hit me up and I'd love to hang out. 

My Story

I was raised in a Christian family where church was part of my life from day one. I was baptized a few weeks after day one, then I just kept going to church. While I was growing up, I attended church on Sundays, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Wednesday Night Youth Group, Sunday Youth Group, and whatever else I could do at church. At some point, as I was reading the Bible, a single verse stood out to me. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says “Test everything; retain what is good.” I started to ask questions. I asked questions about the Bible, about Tradition, about communion, about the Saints, and about prayer. Somewhere along the way, I found great answers in the Catholic Church.

When I started at Penn State (WE ARE), I was attending Alliance Christian Fellowship on Sundays for church. Then, my friend invited me to Mass. I said no. He invited me again. I said no. He invited me… and so on. Finally at the end of the year, I said yes. I attended Mass. Sophomore year, I attended Mass every week and started spending time with the Newman Club, my first experience with the Church as a community of my peers. By the end of my sophomore year, I was fully initiated into the Catholic Church. The love of Christ was presented to me through the sacraments, through my newfound friends, and through the ministers on campus

Fast forward two years. After serving as the religious education chairperson and president of the Newman Club at Penn State, I became a FOCUS missionary. The reason for me to say “yes” to missionary work is really simple. Matthew 9:37-38 says “then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’” Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Godparents pray for their children at college constantly, and God is using me to answer that prayer for some people. I’m a laborer for the harvest responding to the master sending us out. God has asked me to give other people the opportunity He gave me. I said yes.

Your Impact

When I joined FOCUS, I decided to rely on God’s generosity through other people to provide for my mission. My mission partners walk with me in prayer for my ministry to college students. They also supply 100% of the funding for my individual Apostolate at WVU. Their support enables me to meet new students, form new Catholics, and encounter new Christians who are all walking closer to Christ through my efforts on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me for my mission, please let me know the best way to contact you so we can set up an appointment. You can call or text me at 215-356-4457 or email at [email protected]. I would be happy to share highlights of the mission with you and invite you to the team.

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 …