Russell Pier

Howdy! My name's Russell. I'm a FOCUS missionary.

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Where I serve

I serve at Southern Methodist University in the heart of Dallas, Texas. SMU is a small private school with a strong business program. We are lucky to have an awesome student center that we partner with and our Newman center is practically on campus! PONY UP!

My Story

I went to school at Texas A&M University and it was there that I encountered Jesus. I became passionate about my faith by living with and being close to other Catholic men. They were humbly giving their lives to Jesus and I came to desire the same the more time I spent with them. Taking their example, I started praying every day. Jesus started speaking to me in the quiet of the chapel. I heard His silent call to receive His Mercy and to give my whole life to Him. Slowly, I began to give to others what I had received. In my last two years of college, I spent much of my time evangelizing through bible studies, FOCUS discipleship, and different ministries. These things prepared me to say yes to the radical call to become a full-time FOCUS missionary.

I joined FOCUS because I want to invite men into a deep relationship with Jesus. I want to call them to higher life than what the world has to offer. In the same way my college roommates lived with me and lead me to the Lord, I want to lead others. 

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 …