Schyler Smith

Hello there! My name's Schyler. I'm a FOCUS missionary currently serving at our national support center.  My husband, Michael, and I live out in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA with our two adorable little ones, Elijah and Lucille!  We are honored to be a part of the mission of FOCUS!

"Give yourself fully to God. He will accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness." Mother Teresa

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Where I serve

I am currently going into serving this mission to college students and the Catholic Church for my sixth year.  I served for 3 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a hands on missionary with college students.  Through mentorship, authentic friendship, and Bible studies, I was an instrument for God to work in many students lives.  Knowing many of those students still, I can attest to the impact FOCUS has on these students not just during college but for eternity.

After 3 amazing years serving on campus I am excited to now be working as an Event Specialist on the FOCUS Events Team.  I work with an amazing team to put on SEEK and SLS, as well as many other events annually to serve this great mission.  This past SEEK conference (SEEK2019), we had nearly 17,000 attendees who were impacted by the sacraments, powerful talks, and fellowship.  Through this experience, thousands met our Lord in confession and shared testimonies of a profound encounter with Jesus and His Church.  It is humbling and exciting to play a small role in planning events that facilitate an encounter with Christ!

Working for a role within the Support Center, the mission is to serve and support the missionaries as they work on the front lines of college campuses.  Each department serves the mission with the goal of contributing to the larger work of the New Evangelization through service to the missionaries.  How cool that I get to work in Events for an organization that I love so dearly with the soul purpose of bringing souls to know and love Jesus Christ and His Church!

My Story

During my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO I was introduced to the personal love Christ has for me and the authentic joy that comes from living a life centered around Him. Before truly encountering Christ, it always felt like there was something missing in my life. The college experience and moments of "fun" were always fleeting and left me unfulfilled. After my encounter with Christ during an awakening retreat I knew that I wanted to place Jesus at the center of my life but I wasn't sure how. It wasn't until my senior year when a FOCUS missionary shared her life with me that I was able to fully understand how to live out my Catholic faith. I fully surrendered my heart to Jesus and experienced the most profound graces I ever had in my life - peace, love, healing, authentic friendship and true joy.  As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead all people to Christ. My life has been transformed by Jesus and I want nothing more than to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel.

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 would like to invite you to join me in this mission through financial support and by lifting me up in prayer to fulfill Christ's call to "make disciples of all nations."  Thus far, I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus.  Some give by going but others go by giving. This invitation is a great way to enter in to this journey with me. Through generous support and people like you I will be able to devote my time and energy in planning events with FOCUS.  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 …