KNOW GOD. LIVE LIFE TOGETHER. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
That’s how we will change the world. We believe when we are earnestly striving to know God through studying His word and spending time in prayer, when we are living life together in a real community (not a perfect community but an honest and committed community), and when we are taking responsibility to help in lives of the hurting and the lost around us... well, we believe that’s how we will change the world. That’s why we strive to be a community of students who live our lives together as we walk in relationship with Jesus and take an active responsibility to the world around us.
A LITTLE BIT OF OUR STORY
For over 40 years, Chi Alpha has had presence on LSU’s campus. Chi Alpha (which comes from Christou Apostoloi - Greek for Christ’s Ambassadors in 2 Corinthians 5:20) is found on over 300 campuses throughout the nation. At LSU, we have seen God change countless lives. Chi Alpha is connecting with students at The Point - a weekly large group meeting that involves prayer, worship and a Biblical message. We are living life together in our lifegroups, which are our small group Bible studies that meet in the dorms and we are providing students with opportunities to take responsibility and go active with their faith serving in the Baton Rouge area or on short term missions trips. We love LSU and are excited about the plans God has for LSU Chi Alpha for years to come!
OUR PASTORS AND STAFF
JONATHAN AND ALI BURAS (directors)
Jonathan and Ali Buras met while students at Louisiana State University. They both had their lives radically changed by the ministry of Chi Alpha at LSU and work every day to see that change repeated over and over in the students around them. After graduating from LSU (Jonathan in 2007 and Ali in 2008), they took a year to train with the Chi Alpha Internship program in Louisiana before moving to Oklahoma to work with Chi Alpha at The University of Oklahoma. After six years in Oklahoma, Jonathan and Ali were more than thrilled to have the opportunity to move home to LSU as the new directors and lead pastors of LSU Chi Alpha in 2015. Jonathan and Ali are passionate about lifegroups and empowering students to reach students. They have two beautiful daughters, Addie and Lily who love to come to campus and see students. Addie describes her mom and dad’s job by saying, “Mommy and Daddy go to work and tell students Jesus loves them.”
To connect with Jonathan and Ali as missionaries to the campus, visit their website jonathanandali.com.
LUKE SAVANT (associate staff)
Luke is from a small town called Kinder, LA. He attended and graduated from UL Lafayette in May 2018 with a degree in Behavioral Studies with a minor in Communication. At UL, Luke was heavily involved with Chi Alpha where Jesus changed the course of his life through community and intentional discipleship. During his time in Chi Alpha, Luke lead life groups and leader resource groups, directly sharing the Truth of Jesus on his campus. His biggest passion is to see men’s lives changed through the healing power of the Gospel. Luke was called to ministry in 2017 and did his internship at UL during the 2018 - 2019 school year. He is now serving as full-time staff at LSU. His interests include coffee, running, hammocking, and spending time with friends.
NICOLE BROOKS (associate staff)
While Nicole was a student at Loyola she got involved with Chi Alpha. After graduating from Loyola she trained for ministry as an LSU Chi Alpha intern with the Louisiana Diversity Project. As she steps into an associate staff role this year, she is excited to stay with LSU Chi Alpha and continue to invest in the girls on this campus.
KATIE AND JOSEPH MOORE (interns)
Each year we have the pleasure of training and investing into interns through the Louisiana Diversity Project. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Katie and Joseph Moore to intern with us at LSU Chi Alpha. For more information on the Chi Alpha internship program, follow @LAdiversityproject on instagram or visit chialpha.com/cmit