I was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, and you can tell by my love for thunderstorms, Royals baseball, and Chiefs football. While I was living there I was highly involved with my church growing up. I am broken in many ways and there are many facets to this brokenness that I have experienced , but ultimately I have received and continually receive redemption through Jesus and I have never been the same since. I went on many mission trips as a teen that stirred my heart to become a missionary. I pursued this dream from age 14 and it led me to study Intercultural Studies/ theology at Moody Bible Institute -Spokane campus where I graduated with my Bachelor’s in 2018. Although I am not a grad student, my hope is to pursue a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies sometime soon, Lord willing. I met my husband Brian (featured below) during my time there while he was studying Russian. God united us in our mutual desire to dedicate our lives in full-time ministry to point people to Christ. We were married in 2016 and now have two little ones under the age of 3, a girl and a boy. I have many interests, but among the most recent ones are crocheting , sewing , and I am also an avid reader. I am starting to write as well and my hope is to someday publish theology/ Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction. I am passionate about educating myself to homeschool our kids and teach them the Trivium. I also enjoy going on adventures, crossing off bucket list items, and great conversations, especially over tea or around a nice blaze.
Brian Thrush has been on staff with Cru since 2012 and has served in Kazakhstan for 2 years and in Spokane WA for several years after that. Now, Brian and his wife (April–featured above) are serving at Penn State University. They have 2 children and they greatly desire deep conversations about God and having a welcoming atmosphere in their home. Brian would love to listen to and learn more about anyone who has a desire to talk. Brian grew up in rural country Pennsylvania where he worked on his Uncle’s dairy farm for 7 years. He also loves playing games and eating ice cream.
Born in Texas and raised in Alaska, I was blessed with a loving home and community of Christians to encourage my steps towards a relationship with God. As such, in the last 27 years God has brought me from apathy, to intellectual acceptance of the truth, to a heart broken over my own sin, to a passion of inviting others to the Good News. Much of this transformation in my life came during my time at Calvin College and after. After graduating in 2011, I came to Penn State as a graduate student. After one year into a long Chemical Engineering program, God called me in a new direction and placed me in full-time ministry with Cru where I serve with Faculty Commons ministering to graduate students and faculty members. He is daily teaching me to walk by faith and praise His name in the easy and the difficult. In 2014, God allowed me to marry my beautiful wife, Hannah. Hannah plays a huge role in ushering me to the cross of Christ and I am so blessed by God in our marriage. We now have three boys under 5 years old–lots of energy! I’m learning anew how to give control to God and to trust Him each moment. Some of my hobbies include playing board games, driving, watching movies, and occasionally exercise and reading. Beyond these frequent endeavors, I love free food, spontaneous late-night movies, kite-flying at midnight, and paintball outings.