Zach Zimmer

What's up! My name's Zach and I'm a FOCUS missionary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)!

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve college students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, GBR baby! You'll typically find me ballin’ spikeball/volleyball in the quad, hanging on Greek row, or sending it up the campus climbing wall. 

My Story

I’m a Colorado native and have had the huge gift of growing up in an adventurous family that aimed to encounter God in His beautiful and raw Creation. Whether from snow/water skiing, backpacking, or rock climbing, I'm stoked to share my love for the outdoors with the students I encounter!

Being the oldest of 7 children, I assumed the responsibility that’s usually present in being the oldest child of a family. I carried this forward to Benedictine College, where I graduated with hopes of eventually attending medical school. However, especially during high school and into college, I developed an unhealthy reliance on my own abilities, succeeding in academics and extracurriculars yet feeling unfulfilled. My family instilled in me the habit of prayer and the desire to grow close to the Lord, yet I did not have a personal relationship with Christ. 

However, during my freshman/sophomore year of college, two major experiences began to shake up this narrative. During freshman year, some friends and I began an Exodus 90 group, where, along with our fasting, we were asked to do a daily prayer hour for the 90 days. This was my first encounter with the person of Jesus, as I realized that before this time, I was attempting to become friends with someone without spending any time with Him. The other powerful event was breaking my left tibia skiing the next year, as this life change decked my ego and provided the awesome chance to learn humility. I slowly began to develop a deeper friendship with Christ and an identity in Him, as I could not rely on myself and merit-based love.

Coming out of these experiences and growing prayer life, I decided to begin leading Bible studies and walking with men through discipleship. While my goal was primarily to share the truths of the faith with others, I quickly realized that while this was important, the powerful experiences of brotherhood centered on Christ were what mattered. From then on, Bible studies and investing in guys also involved sports, BBQs/frisbee at parks, rock climbing in Kansas City, camping in Kansas/Nebraska, etc. Senior year, with the help of other FOCUS missionaries and friends, I hosted a party a toga-themed party at my house, where we smoked two alligators and set up a mechanical bull. These encounters led me to become a FOCUS missionary, where I could continue sharing with students in authentic Christ-centered friendship.

Your Impact

Being a full-time missionary means I will not be held back by academic constraints as I was during college. I hope to share the radical joy of a relationship with Jesus Christ on campus, whether it be through leading bible studies and retreats, bringing students on trips to the mountains, hanging on campus/at the Newman center, etc. I’m pumped to see what God has planned!

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 …