SAGU alumni serve as ASU Chi Alpha associates
Waxahachie, Texas – September 5, 2013 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumni Tyler and Paige (Shull) Staton are Assemblies of God (AG) Missionary Associates to Arizona State University with the Chi Alpha Campus Ministry.
Tyler says, “I love ministering on a college campus. I don’t think there is another place in the world that you have so much diversity. Through Chi Alpha I have the opportunity to minister one-on-one to students from virtually every background.”
Sponsored by the AG, Chi Alpha Campus Ministry is an international Christian campus ministry located on campuses throughout the United States and around the world. Members are self-described ministers of reconciliation and center their ministry on a five-fold philosophy that states Chi Alpha as a community of worship, fellowship, discipleship, witness, and prayer.
As campus missionary associates, the Statons assist Chi Alpha campus pastors Shawn and Candi White. Tyler says, “Our involvement includes attending student gatherings, such as hikes, barbeques and weekly Chi Alpha meetings. Paige has also been mentoring students for the past several semesters. We are currently raising funds so that we can move into Chi Alpha ministry full-time.”
The Statons share a passion for reaching a particular group of students. Tyler says, “We desire to really connect with those students who have grown up in the church and are falling away from the church as they move into adult life. Paige and I grew up in church, and we can really relate and connect to those students.”
Chi Alpha also takes a special interest in international students. “There are about 5,000 international students at ASU,” says Tyler. “These students are looking for community, and Chi Alpha provides them with a way to connect to other students.”
Tyler continues, “Many of these students come with a lot of questions about the Christian faith. They know we are a Christian nation, and they want to experience that. They want to know what a Christian looks and acts like or what a service is like.”
Tyler elaborates, “We place a big emphasis on leadership. We challenge students to become leaders because students are going to be the most effective influences on their peers.”
Chi Alpha also emphasizes missions. Tyler says, “We offer mission trips every summer. Many students graduate and go to the mission field as a result of their experiences with missions during their time in Chi Alpha.”
Tyler and Paige met while attending SAGU. Paige graduated from SAGU in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in church ministries. Tyler graduated in Spring 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in church ministries with a specialization in youth ministries. They were married in October 2005.
In addition to her work with Chi Alpha, Paige is a freelance graphic designer and volunteers with graphic design at their church (Desert Springs Church). The Statons reside in Chandler, Arizona. They have three children: Zander, 4; Pax, 2; and Beckett, 3 months.
Visit www.statonavenue.com to learn more about the Statons.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.