David and Mariana - Directors - Challenge CSUC

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.

Matt and Ellie - Staff - Challenge CSUC

Matt and Ellie Bustamante


Matt and Ellie both got involved in Challenge at the end of high school and have been a part of the ministry every since. Through this experience they both developed a deeper heart for God, greater love for people, and a strong relationship with one another! Matt joined staff Fall of 2020, and Ellie joined in the Spring of 2021. They got married in February of 2021 and are looking forward to continuing to invest in students at Chico State! In their free time, Matt and Ellie love rock climbing, camping, and spending time with friends.

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Brendan and Sarah - Staff - Challenge CSUC

Brendan and Sarah Allen


Brendan and Sarah became involved with Challenge as student volunteers during their time at Chico State. Through this, they were able to see the huge need for Christ on campus! Brendan and Sarah were able to team together to reach the students in their fraternity and sorority for Christ, and were married in June of 2021, and joined the staff team that next fall semester! They are thankful to partner together in ministry, and pursue God’s mission for them at Chico State. Brendan and Sarah love road trips, playing board games with friends, playing music, and sharing God’s love with others!

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Jesse and Slaney - Staff - Challenge CSUC

Jesse and Slaney Blair


Jesse and Slaney started dating in high school and both got involved with Challenge as student leaders when they came to Chico State. They were involved all throughout their college years and are newly apart of the staff team as of this fall 2023 after getting married in June! They are so excited to get to do full time ministry together and see God continue to move on Chico State’s campus. They’ve both experienced the impact of evangelism and discipleship, and see it as a huge blessing to participate in God’s mission in this way. Together, they love to play and write music as well as go on hikes, camp, backpack, or anything else outdoors!

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Vanessa - Staff - Challenge CSUC

Vanessa Gallegos


Vanessa became involved with Challenge in 2021 as a student leader while at Chico State. During this time, having a relationship with God became real in her life. Challenge impacted her life in a great way and she is excited to continue to serve college students by joining the staff team part time in 2023. Vanessa will also be working part time as a Speech Language Pathologist for a local private practice. She loves riding her bike, going to the farmers market, and spending time with friends.

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Paul and Christy - Founding Directors - Challenge CSUC

Paul and Christy Worcester

Founding Directors

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 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!

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