Paul and Christy Worcester
Paul and Christy started and lead Christian Challenge. Paul, from Orange County, and Christy, from Chico, fell in love when they were sophomores in college. Together, they experienced Jesus working through them to reach many fellow students. Paul and Christy started Challenge in fall of 2009 and so far hundreds of students have made decisions to accept Jesus! Paul is the author of Tips for Starting A College Ministry and The Fuel and The Flame: Igniting Your Life and Your Campus For Jesus Christ. Paul is the senior editor of Campus Ministry Today, and recently founded CampusMultiplicationNetwork.com to train and coach collegiate ministry leaders. He Paul and Christy have two children, Owen and Evelyn. Paul and Christy share a passion for helping people take their next steps in following Jesus and training leaders. Please contact them if you have any questions!
Cody and Brittany Bryan
Cody and Brittany got involved with Christian Challenge during their freshman year at Chico State, which was also Challenge’s first year at Chico State! They started developing a heart for reaching the lost students on campus, as well as developing a relationship with each other. When they graduated they both came on staff full time with Challenge. Since then they have been keeping busy having been promoted to Associate Directors of Challenge as well as loving their kids Calvin and Summer!
David and Mariana Clark
David and Mariana met and became involved in Challenge while studying at Chico State. They saw God work in their lives through serving and leadership opportunities in the ministry. Growing alongside each other through Challenge, they developed a relationship and are married as of summer 2018! They love the biblical vision of discipleship and being able to participate in it. Together, they enjoy reading in a hammock, watching movies, being active, and helping students connect with Jesus.
Jacob and Katie Willebeek-LeMair
Jacob is from Los Gatos, Calif., but he moved to Chico in 2012 to attend school. While he was there, his life was radically changed by God through the Christian Challenge ministry. He started working for them as an intern in 2016 and joined full time in 2018. Katie is from Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to Chico in the winter of 2016 to be part of Chico Community Church and to help with Challenge. After volunteering with Challenge for a semester, she also became an intern. During all this, they started dating and got married May 11, 2019. They are excited to work together to help students in their walk with Christ and train them to make disciples.
Josh and Sarah Simmons
Josh and Sarah Simmons became involved with Challenge at a volunteer level while doing school at Chico State, and went on staff after they graduated in 2018. They were married in January of 2019 and are excited to continue working with each other as a married couple. In September of 2019, they had Elsie, and have enjoyed learning how to parent together as well. Challenge was hugely influential in their lives, so being able to invest in college students is really fun for them! Josh and Sarah love taking road trips to new places, showing each other music, and spending time with friends playing board games.
Noah and Hannah Denney
Noah and Hannah Denney met while they were students at Chico State, and got married in July 2019! Noah joined staff in May of 2018 after he graduated college, while Hannah joined during the Summer of 2019. They are excited to use their abilities and skills to reach students on campus in fun and creative ways, and have a big heart for international students. They love playing games with friends, hiking around Bidwell Park, and finding new restaurants to try.
Evan and Sophia Warzybok
Evan and Sophia met in Challenge as students, and have been on staff since they graduated in 2019 and 2020, respectively. They were married in April 2020 and look forward to laboring together at Chico State and Butte College! In their free time, Evan and Sophia love adventuring, the outdoors, listening to music, and making art.
Ryan joined Christian Challenge his freshman year in 2014. He recently graduated CSUC with a degree in Exercise Physiology and two minors in Exercise Science and Physical Education. Ryan has learned practical ways to share his faith with students, family, friends, and brothers in Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. As a new staff member, Ryan is excited to continue serving and training students who will make disciples for the rest of their lives. He enjoys working out, playing Spikeball, and the company of canines.
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Alex grew up in sunny Southern California, but grew up visiting family in the Chico area. She moved to Chico the summer of 2014 and through interesting circumstances got connected to Challenge before the school year had even started. Alex has her BA in Child Development with a minor in Family Studies and loves snuggling babies. She also enjoys splashing in the Chico creek, making new friends, going to the Farmer’s Market, playing board games, doing facemasks with the girls, stargazing, and running (as much as one could).
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Matt got involved with Challenge at the end of high school, and has been a part of the ministry ever since. He graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Project Management. Matt is looking forward to continuing to invest in students and sharing the gospel with those who don't know Jesus! In his free time, Matt loves rock climbing, camping, playing piano, and playing games with friends.
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