Tabitha Gregory

Hey! My name's Tabitha and I'm a FOCUS missionary!

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”   John 20:21
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Where I serve

I am so excited to return to the University of California, Santa Barbara for my second year on staff. I will once again not only be walking distance from the campus and the nearest Catholic church, but also the beach! Since my hometown is San Diego, it's a great perk to be able to surf and swim with the students while we talk about Jesus and the ways He is working in my life and their own.  

My Story

As a freshman in college, I was living a drastic double-life of trying to have the "college experience" while also trying to live out my Catholic faith. At a FOCUS conference that my bible study leader - a FOCUS missionary - invited me too, I was transformed by the 15,000 other college students I encountered who also felt trapped by the expectations and culture set on a college campus. They, too, were searching for meaning and purpose for their life - and I suddenly didn't feel alone in that longing. 

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24

After experiencing Jesus through the sacraments, the talks, and the new friends I was making, I realized that I was trying to worship what the world expected of me and what God was calling me to. I realized I needed to choose one or the other. It took me a while to believe that I was not too far from Christ and that I was still worthy enough to receive His mercy. After a lot of prayer, mistakes, and trials since then, I have been set free from the chains of my previous sinful life. I began to place my identity in being a daughter of God and not in superficial, instant gratification.  My heart has been set on fire to share the good news that there is more to college than the parties and that there is a God who loves us exactly as we are. 

Your Impact

St. Therese of Lisieux, once said "Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving. Without both, there are no missions." 

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. 

I cannot do it without the generosity of people like you! If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. Contact me anytime at (858) 527-5369 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 …