Zachary Morrisey

On Campus Missionary at Baylor University

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Where I serve

God has called me to serve at Baylor University in Waco, TX! Raised in the St. Louis area and just graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, I'm very excited to travel even further south to serve at Baylor. I'm blessed to be a part of an incredible team of missionaries serving an incredibly intelligent campus. You'll typically find me climbing at the campus Rock Wall, trying out a new coffee spot, or making plans for a back country hike. I love first encounters and great conversations. Let's meet up!  

My Story

My first week of college I was introduced to the man that would become my best friend. A group of students invited me to come to Sunday Mass a little early to pray. Hoping to make friends, I tagged along and stumbled into something I now know is called “Adoration”. In Adoration, the Eucharist, the Body of Jesus Christ, is placed on the Altar of the Church. We sit in the presence of God, conversing with Him, resting with Him. 

I didn’t know any of that at the time however. All I knew was that there was something that looked like bread surrounded by gold and candles. It was intimidating and a little unnerving. Afraid, I looked around and found the one thing in the Church that looked familiar - the Confessional. I walked in and closed the door. By the grace of God, I confessed my sins for the first time since I’d been confirmed 5 years earlier. I was profoundly changed. It felt like a physical healing of an emotional wound. Coming to college on the heels of a painful breakup, I’d been grappling with the pain and loneliness that often follows an unfulfilling separation. I left the confessional with one thought, "If this is what happens when I give Jesus 5 minutes of my time, what happens when I give him any more than that?"

If this is what happens when I give Jesus 5 minutes of my time, what happens when I give him any more than that?

The next four years of college were an exercise of me trying to answer this question. Like I do with anything I’m passionate about, I tried to learn as much as I could. I pestered our chaplain with questions, constantly listened to podcasts, and read as much as I could find. As the years progressed, I came to accept that my knowing a lot about Jesus is not the same thing as knowing Jesus.

My senior year, a missionary and friend named Alan challenged me to spend an hour in prayer each day. I took up the challenge and just as had happened in the Confessional, I was confronted with the realization that the Lord cannot be outdone in generosity. Whatever I give to Him, He will always give back more beautifully I could have ever imagined. 

                              Myself and Alan hiking along the Appalachian Trail

And that’s how I came to accept His invitation to a missionary life. He asked me to walk with Him down this path, showing men like me just how much He desires to give them. Like my namesake Zechariah, all I can think to say is: 

Blessed be the Lord,The God of Israel; He has come to His people and set them free.

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. If you want to reach me, I can be found via my phone number: (618) 541-9189 or my email: [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 …