Sammy Pedersen

Hey, my name is Sammy and I am a FOCUS missionary! Keep reading to learn about my story and how you can join me on this important mission!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at Winona State University! As a Varsity Catholic missionary, my role is to accompany athletes on campus in their respective spiritual journeys and encourage them to grow in holiness through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I love staying active and connecting with students in their everyday lives, especially through sports.

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all students to Christ. I grew up Catholic, but when I got to college at UW-Oshkosh, I stopped being active in my faith. I was too concerned about what others would think if I wanted to go to mass every week. None of my friends were going to mass, so I didn’t want to go either. While eating lunch in the student center one day in between classes, two guys I had never met sat down to eat with me. They introduced themselves as FOCUS missionaries, and asked if I wanted to go to mass with them. Seeing other college students at mass, who also wanted Christ in their lives, felt like Jesus telling me “don't worry so much about what others think of you, and come follow me.” 

I invited some of my volleyball teammates to join me at mass, and eventually formed a bible study with these men. In our study, Jesus continued to show me that I am a son of God and so were all my teammates. In college I was able to see the true need for Christ on the college campus and in the lives of young people who will soon be starting careers and families. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I believe that God has called me to connect with college students and to bring His joy and life changing love to others.

In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent His time investing in others. Jesus spent the majority of His time with his disciples who He taught and then commissioned to spread the gospel to the world. I've been constantly amazed by Christ’s love and want to see a world where everyone knows the love of God.

Your Impact

When I was offered a position with FOCUS, I knew this is how God wanted me to impact lives. I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me and join me on 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 important and necessary mission with you. All donations are 100% tax deductible! Reach out any time... 262-622-2119 -or- [email protected]


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 …