Who are Roman & Sarah?
During his middle school years, Roman was convinced he was going to become a forensic scientist. He worked through high school and college with that goal in mind, earning his degree in forensic science. Roman had been working with the state crime lab in Columbus, GA for three years when he felt God calling him to full-time ministry. Following months of prayer, Roman was led to the Chi Alpha campus ministry at Columbus State University (CSU) in Columbus, GA.
Roman was involved in Sunday school, Royal Rangers, and the youth group as he grew up in the church. Consequently, ministry has been a part of his life since the age of 12 when he learned to play the drums for the worship team at his home church in Camilla, GA.
Roman and Sarah began dating in high school and were married in June 2010. Together they led the worship team at their home church before moving to Columbus. They have both led and participated in various ministries at their church in Columbus, including leading a newlywed small group in their home. They recently joined a team to plant Fountain City Church in midtown Columbus.
Sarah has also joined the Chi Alpha staff as the Events Coordinator. She will be helping plan and execute events for CSU Chi Alpha as well as Chi Alpha ministries across the state of Georgia and the southeast area. Sarah occasionally blogs about life, family, and ministry. You can find it HERE.
Jackson was born in December of 2015 and his parents have not been the same since. Jackson loves his dog Duke, firetrucks, trains, balls, and playing outside. Jackson keeps Roman and Sarah on their toes, and he is a complete joy to be around.
After leaving the forensics field, campus ministry and serving college students was a natural fit for Roman due to his love of laughter, activity, music, and his desire to influence the next generation. His coworkers at CSU Chi Alpha share, “Not only does Roman have some of the best hair on campus, he also has a heart to serve and our students and staff love being around him.”
Chi Alpha has seen great success at CSU, but there is still work to do. Thousands of students come to CSU each year and many of them leave without ever hearing about Jesus. Nearly 70% of students who already know Jesus will walk away from the faith before they graduate. With newfound freedoms and questions about their future, students can easily be distracted and put their faith aside. Roman and Sarah seek to help the students navigate this difficult time and provide a safe space to ask the tough questions. Their vision is that every college student would come to know how much they are loved by God and that they are uniquely equipped to do great things for the Gospel no matter where they go or what they do in life.
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To mentor college students through servant leadership, laughter, and accountability so that they excel in their faith, relationships, and life after college.
For every college student to know how much they are loved by God and that they are uniquely equipped to do great things for the Gospel no matter where they go or what they do in life.
In short, Chi Alpha is a faith-based student organization located on more than 320 college and university campuses throughout the U.S. and around the globe. We focus on introducing students to Christ and living in community together as we grow closer to Him.
CSU Chi Alpha students meet throughout the week and across the campus in small groups for a discussion based Bible study, coming together for a weekly large group service every Wednesday night. Roman co-leads one of these Bible studies, in addition to serving on the Wednesday night worship team. He loves spending one-on-one time with the students as they walk through and strengthen their faith together.
In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul says "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God." This scripture verse is where we get our name: translating "Christ's Ambassadors" to Greek is christou apostoloi, which we shorten to the first letters, Chi and Alpha, or XA.
To learn more about Chi Alpha, visit the national Chi Alpha site HERE .