William Ives

FOCUS Ministry 

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Where I serve

University of Pittsburgh

I am happy to tell you that I will be returning to campus to serve God and our students at the University of Pittsburgh! God has been blessing this work abundantly and has made it clear in my prayer that he wants me to continue my work with FOCUS as a fourth year missionary, and now Director of Campus Ministry at Pitt! 

New Team:

                 Left to Right: Elena, John, Lizzie, Myself, MaryKate, Dee and Maria 

My Story

I am originally from the great state of Ohio! I was brought up in the suburbs of Cincinnati and went to college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I graduated with a degree in Finance and worked in the finance/accounting industry for about 2 years. During this time I picked up a part-time hobby of trying to disprove Universal Christianity and, well... That didn't quite work out as planned. After an in depth intellectual conversion, the conversion of the heart soon followed. I fell in Love with Christ and His Church. Soon after, Focus started popping up n my life, though I had never heard of it while I was in college. The desire that I had been experiencing was now paired with a real possibility of service through Focus. I wanted to give of myself as a witness of Christ for students in University. As a missionary, my greatest desire is to become a friend and mentor to our students and help them encounter God and pursue a more meaningful life than what the culture has to offer. We are here to train and equip future professionals for the objective Good, which is rooted in the Love of God and Love of Neighbor. 

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. 

A Recent Newsletter: 

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 …