Teresa Gwardys


Hey! My name's Teresa. I'm a FOCUS missionary. 

I love Jesus Christ and His Church, bacon, and supporting others. I'm a fourth year missionary serving as the Team Director at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students. You'll typically find me playing intramurals, reading a good book in the Newman Center, or cheering on students doing what they love. Jesus has been working in my life in many ways! Come find me and I'd love to share how He has loved me.

My Story

As a college student, Focus provided me with the tools to deepen my relationship with Christ and the opportunities to share that with others. As a missionary, I hope to reach students who have lost their faith, feel broken, need more guidance in their faith, and simply need someone to show them that they are loved. They are loved simply because they are children of God--it takes nothing to earn His love, simply receive it. As missionaries, we do this the same way Jesus did with his disciples, by fostering relationships. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered on campus who seek to know Him.

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 …