I never grew up in a “religious home” but was taught to be a good person and put all of my effort into that. Really sought myself in other people to fulfill myself which led me down a path of always searching for more. It was not until I met a guy on staff with CO who faithfully continued to share the Gospel with me when I wanted nothing to do with Christianity. But the walls slowly fell down and I saw the joy and love these people had in Christ which is what I have been seeking for my entire life. It was there Christ gripped my heart by showing the grace and mercy of the cross and my need for a Savior. This need pushes me now to share the very news that saved me with people here in New Zealand.
It wasn’t until I attend coastal Carolina university that I began to seriously investigate and consider spiritual thing. In my first year at CCU meet some students involved with CO Hey who loved me well and shared the Gospel with me. In 2011 I came on staff with CO in Charleston, SC where I served for 4 years. After several years of stateside ministry I began to feel a call to serve globally. In 2016 I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand to help start the CO ministry at the University of Canterbury.
Madi came to know what it meant to have a personal relationship with God during her freshman year at Kansas State University. While involved with Student Mobilization at K-State, she learned what it looked like to share the Gospel and make disciples on a college campus. She is very excited to continue sharing Jesus with students and making disciples in Christchurch, New Zealand, with Campus Outreach!
Cory decided to give his life to Christ during his sophomore year of college at Kansas State University due to the impact of a student ministry on campus, Student Mobilization. God has been working in his life ever since, deepening his desire to know God more and to make disciples of all nations. Cory practiced this during his time at KSU by making disciples in his dorm, but he is excited to extend his reach to Christchurch, New Zealand. There, he will continue to learn more about God’s character through sharing the Gospel with students of a different culture and background while deepening his understanding of God’s love for ALL people!
Matt was raised in a Christian home but did not understand the true gospel of grace until his senior year of high school. While attending Charleston Southern University, he grew to understand what it really meant to live for Christ through the ministry of Campus Outreach. Through the discipleship of staff members in CO, he developed a vision for seeing all nations come to hear and respond to the gospel. He is now excited to join the Campus Outreach team in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he will be engaging students with the gospel at the University of Canterbury.
Hayden & Hannah (Diamond) Jack
Hayden grew up in London, England and came to faith in his second year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hannah was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and came to faith at the end of high school. In 2019, Hannah moved to serve Campus Outreach in New Zealand, where she met Hayden. Hayden and Hannah were married in 2022, and they now both work with the team in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hayden also works part-time with the local church in Christchurch as the church administrator. They believe that God is building His kingdom through the work being done on campus and are excited for these university men and women to make an impact on the lost world!