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.
KATIE AND JOSEPH MOORE (associate staff)
Katie and Joseph grew up in Houma, Louisiana and both began following Jesus as teenagers. They lived life together as high school students trying their best to follow God on their own. When Katie moved away for college at LSU, she encountered Chi Alpha her very first night on campus. For the first time she got to experience what godly community is like. It ignited her faith to care about others and help those who don’t know Jesus come to know Him. She led lifegroups of freshman girls and fell in love with ministering to college students. While Joseph took seminary courses and served as a worship leader in Houma, he constantly heard all about Katie’s experience with Chi Alpha and was inspired to join her. One month after Katie graduated from LSU in 2019, she married Joseph and they both took a year to train with the Chi Alpha Internship program. Now they are serving as associate staff and love telling people that they have the best job, ever.
In addition to full time staff, we have the pleasure of training and investing into interns through the Louisiana Diversity Project and welcoming those interns onto our staff team. For more information on the Chi Alpha internship program, follow @LAdiversityproject on instagram or visit chialpha.com/cmit