Tim and Niai Byrd
Tim and Niai Byrd both became believers while at university. Tim went on to serve with Campus Outreach in Johannesburg in South Africa for thirteen years (marrying Niai five years into ministry) before he and his family moved to Lusaka, Zambia to launch a second CO Region in Africa. Tim holds degrees in both African-American and African Studies (AAAS) and English while Niai majored in English, minored in AAAS Lit from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Due to both their fathers being in the military, Tim and Niai grew up in both Europe and the States. They have two daughters (Thandi, Ledi), one son (Melo), and a baby girl due soon! The Byrds enjoy reading, writing, playing and watching sports, working out, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, repeatedly watching “Pride and Prejudice” (that’s really Niai:), cooking and casual time with family and friends. Their vision is that through the lives of passionate university students, within the local church, Zambia would become a gospel-saturated launching pad for expanding Campus Outreach Regions and missionaries into the nations of Africa and beyond for the glory of God.
B.J. grew up in Clinton, South Carolina. During her freshmen year at The Citadel, she became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Outreach. After being changed by the good news of the gospel, she wanted to help others know the good news so she served with Campus Outreach at The Citadel for 8 years after graduation. With the desire for all people to know the gospel, she will now be serving with CO in Zambia. While at The Citadel she majored in Physical Education. She loves hiking, cherry coke, and Clemson Tiger football!
DeAnna became a Christian during her sophomore year of college at Southeast Missouri State, and since then has had a passion to evangelize the lost and disciple those around her. For the last 8 years on staff with Campus Outreach Memphis, she has had the opportunity to Build Laborers on the Campus for the Lost World. DeAnna will lead a team of college graduates to expand the Gospel in the Zambian harvest field and is trusting God to transform the lives of university students in Lusaka, throughout Africa, and to the ends of the earth. She is most looking forward to building relationships with Zambians, eating Nshima, and engaging the culture with her team.
Originally from Jackson, TN and an alumnus from The University of Memphis, Jeremiah has been serving with Campus Outreach for 4 years since 2016. He became a student leader after his first summer project. Later, began to be part of more opportunities such as discipleship on summer projects, CCP Zambia, and leading worship during his time with Campus Outreach. Jeremiah has a passion to build relationships with people, being an influence on them for the advancement of God’s kingdom. He is excited to embark on the journey to building laborers on the college campus with CO Lusaka.
I grew up in a Christian home, where belief in Jesus Christ was expected. I understood what Jesus did for me on the cross, but did not understand how that allowed me to have a relationship with Him. The Lord found me while searching for significance and approval. Between going to Christian camps, VBS, and regular church services, I came to know what it meant for me to count the cost, pick up my cross, and follow Him. In 2013, the Lord saved my soul. He sent me to college, surrounded by discipleship and community. I am truly convinced of Jesus’ mission and long to carry it out to the nations.
Originally from small-town Port Aransas in south Texas, Chase graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas where he received a degree in Marketing and played collegiate baseball for three years. In his freshman year, God used the ministry of Campus Outreach to open his eyes to the need of a savior, and he ultimately surrendered his life to the Lord at a New Years Conference his freshman year. After four years in the ministry as a student, he now looks to join CO Serve in the international section of the ministry. He will be joining the CO Lead team that will be going to Lusaka, Zambia for two years in hopes to have the gospel reach the ends of the earth.