CAMPUS OUTREACH FLORIDA
Barry Lusk, Campus Outreach Florida Director
While in college (Barry at Berry College and Tracy at Jacksonville State) God grabbed our hearts the first time we heard the gospel. We had both grown up in broken and unchurched homes with a very loving mother and therefore had never been exposed to the deep truths of the Bible, nor had we ever come to acknowledge our sin. The Campus Outreach staff on our respective campuses shared the gospel with us and within hours we surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ, realizing we could never clean up our own lives but that God gave His Son so that those who trust in Him could have a new heart, a new record and a new life. We immediately began to be discipled by the people who led us to Christ and became equipped in how to know God and make God known. The two of us later met on a Summer Training Project in 1994 and married in 1997. We have been working for Campus Outreach since 1997 and count it a joy to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of college students.
Children: Harrison, Dawson, Madison
Married: Since March 1997
Hometown: Suburbs of Atlanta, GA
Became a Christian: 1992, Sophomore Year of College
College attended: Berry College
Years on Campus Outreach staff: 10 years this June
What I like best about my job? Watching young men mature and multiply
What is most challenging about my job? Never getting to see a finished product as we're all in the process of being changed for the rest of our lives
Favorite sports team: Yellow Jackets
CD I'm listening to in your car: Daughtry
Favorite vacation: Cancun on my honeymoon. A close second would be a cruise to the Bahamas last summer as an early 10th Anniversary celebration
Hobbies: Music (I love to sing), fitness, home improvement projects, golf
Favorite verse: Psalm 40:1-3, "I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord."
Hayden Harbuck, Resource Director
I have grown up in a Christian home, going to church all my life. I struggled with doing the right thing, being a good person, getting praise and acceptance from my peers. I lived for this, believing this made me a better person and that God loved me more for doing it. Even knowing the truth I think I still believed that my works would save me. God changed my heart my junior year of High school when I was on a missions trip with my church. In Cherokee, North Carolina my youth pastor, Frank Taylor, went on a walk with me and we talked about what was going on in my life. As we talked I felt my heart give way and I realized for the first time in my life that I was living not to please God, but man. We talked about this and how God loves me because of his son, Jesus and his death on the cross for my sins, not for the works that I have done. In Ephesians 2:8-9, it says we are saved by grace, not works. At the end of our talk Frank prayed for me and I felt like a new person. Even though I did not say a prayer this is when I would say I began walking with the Lord.
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia but I have lived in Florida for the last 12 years. I graduated from the University of Central Florida and it was at that time that I felt called into the ministry with Campus Outreach. I have been on staff for two years where I serve as the administrator. I met my wife, Amanda, while attending a summer beach project with Campus Outreach.
Became a Christian: Summer of 2001
University attended: University of Central Florida
Years on CO staff: since 2007
Years married: since 2008
Born: May 20th, 1984 in Atlanta, Georgia
What I like best about my job: building relationships with people and helping out behind the scenes.
Favorite movie: A River Runs Through It
Favorite sports team: Georgia Bulldogs and UCF Knights
Favorite type of music: Country
Favorite vacation: Out West, I visited Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park
Typical "day off": cooking and maybe watching a good movie, out shopping with my wife
Pet: Thema Lou ( a cat Amanda and I have adopted)
Favorite verse: Titus 3:3-8
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
Phil Bellomy, Campus Director
Became a Christian:
University attended: Embry-Riddle
Years on CO staff: Since 2007
Years married: since 2008
What I like best about my job: Building relationships
Favorite movie: That Traveling Pants movie
Favorite sports team: Seatlle Seahawks
Favorite type of music: Anything I can dance to. I love to boogie down!
Favorite vacation: Any of the cities from that Traveling Pants movie
Typical "day off": Hanging out with Erin
Pet: Cat, Paca
Favorite verse: John 3:16
Andrew Lightner, Campus Staff
Hometown: York, PA
Became a Christian:2003
University attended: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Involvement with CO as a student: The guy who discipled me (Kevin Cannon) through my first two years of college introduced me to the idea of discipleship and outreach the first semester of my freshman year and got me involved with some of the other guys within Campus Outreach. I really developed a huge heart for both discipleship and outreach and attended new year conferences (NYC) in Atlanta and a summer project. Love the ministry, Love God, and Love my job.
What I like best about my job?: seeing the changes in a student after a semester, or year, or multiple years, of actively pursuing God and to be used by God myself in that process.
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings
Favorite sports team: A tie: The Philadelphia Eagles and Liverpool FC
CD I'm listening to in my car right now: Listening to the radio, the country stations
Favorite vacation: Hawaii or Gatlinburg, TN for project (not really a vacation, but I loved it)
Hobbies: Playing just about any sport, hiking, occasionally playing jazz
A typical "day off:" Coffee in the morning, followed by a morning walk or drive, an afternoon and evening with my wife, sports center to conclude a night.
Favorite verse: "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6
Andrea Freeze, Staff
Became a Christian: Growing up and through much of my middle school years, I knew God and loved Him – but with my head, not my heart. My relationship with Him in my world was based on performance – believing I could only have His favor when I was obedient. Through high school, He began to show me what it means to follow Him and be led by Him as my Shepherd. He began opening my eyes to the truth of the gospel and the freeing hope He had given me. Around my second year as a student at Embry-Riddle, Erin Bellomy and Tracy Lusk began investing in my life, teaching me tangible aspects of having a personal relationship with Christ, and showing me what it means to love people where they’re at, but loving them too much to let them stay there. God has used their influence in my life to combine with my heart for the nations, leading me to minister to students – toward the goal of making God famous in all the earth!
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Became a Christian: Many year process starting at 7
College attended: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Years on Campus Outreach staff: since 2011
What I like best about my job? Being a part of God’s work in the hearts of students
Favorite sports team: Embry-Riddle Eagles!
CD I'm listening to in my car: Anything meaningful and thought-provoking
Favorite vacation: Hiking and white water rafting in Colorado
Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, jumping, meeting new people, running
Favorite verse: John 3:30 – He must become greater; I must become less.
Alan Marsh, Campus Director
Alan has been on staff with Campus Outreach for two years now as the Campus Director at the University of North Florida. He became a Christian at thirteen, but it wasn't until being exposed to Campus Outreach during his sophomore year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University did he really begin to personalize many aspects of his walk (i.e. quiet time, evangelism, discipleship). Through Barry Lusk's influence and many others, Alan grew a lot spiritually in college. It was with CO that Alan met his wife, Claire. Claire also became a Christian before college, but was heavily influenced spiritually by staff while in college. Claire swam at Rollins College, and is now going into her fourth year of teaching 4th grade. They have a son named Davis and a dog named Dixie, and they enjoy watching Gator and Virginia Tech football, cooking, and landscaping.
Spouse's name: Claire
College / University you attended: ERAU
When you became a Christian: 1997
Where were you born? Tallahassee, Florida
Where did you grow up? same
Years on staff: since 2007
What is your staff role or title? Campus Director
What do you like best about your job? To have an opportunity to impact the current generation of college students who will soon become the next doctors, lawyers, moms and dads.
What is most challenging about your job? Right now it is difficult trying to balance my odd hours on the campus with Claire's teaching job.
What is your favorite movie? We Were Soldiers
What is your favorite sports team? Florida Gators
Where did you go on your most favorite vacation / trip? Greece, to see where Paul wrote his letters from
What are your hobbies? cooking, reading, landscaping
What fun things do you do on your "days off?" Watch the Gators when they are on, work around the house, and have fun with Claire around Jacksonville.
Favorite verse: Romans 15:20-21 "and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is written, "Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand."
Eric Burke, Contingent Staff
Eric Testimony: In middle and high school I attended church on a weekly basis. During those years I thought I was a Christian based on my moral standards with God compared to others. During my sophomore year, while attending UNF, I joined a fraternity through which I met Alan Marsh and began to get involved with Campus Outreach. For the next year I sought acceptance and approval from my fraternity brothers and others on campus. This led to me drinking and partying on a weekly basis. I wanted to be the guy that everyone wanted to be around. It was through being involved with Campus Outreach that I realized I needed to find acceptance and approval in Jesus Christ. In 2010 I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and boldly began to follow him. While attending Summer Orlando Project in 2011, I decided to go on full time staff with Campus Outreach because of the radical passion for the gospel that God has laid on my heart. My life is dedicated to preaching the gospel, building the next generation of disciples, and motivating people to do the impossible for his kingdom.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Became a Christian: January 6th 2010
College attended: University of North Florida
Years on Campus Outreach staff: Since 2011
What I like best about my job?: Training the next generation of Christians who will restore the high honor and glory of Jesus Christ in a broken chaotic world.
What is most challenging about my job? Motivating students to have audacious faith in Jesus Christ.
Favorite sports team: Boston Red Soxs
CD I'm listening to in your car: The Avett Brothers "Live"
Favorite vacation: Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my fraternity brothers in the mountains of Georgia
Hobbies: Golf, Backpacking, Camping, Folk music, Fishing, Traveling
Favorite verse: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day" -2 Corinthians 4:16
Joe Nooft, Contingent Staff
Joe Testimony: While I prayed to accept Christ into my life at a pretty young age, I did not personally understand the fullness of the grace of Christ's sacrifice until later on in college. God worked through people at Campus Outreach to drastically change my life. I was discipled by one man who, through his actions, exemplified Christ's sacrifices and lived out the model of discipleship that Jesus gave us. As soon as I began to experience this renewal from the Spirit in my life, I could tell God was softening my heart to share the Word on the college campus, just as it was presented to me.
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Became a Christian: A process starting from 9 years old till sophomore year in college
College attended: University of Central Florida (Go Knights!)
Years on Campus Outreach staff: Since 2011
What I like best about my job? The personal aspect of it. Getting to be relational with other people and helping to deepen their lives in the Gospel
What is most challenging about my job? Stepping outside of my comfort zone to initiate conversations with people I don't know.
Favorite sports team: the Orlando Magic
CD I'm listening to in your car: St. Vincent "Strange Mercy"
Favorite vacation: It wasn't really a vacation, but my time in Zimbabwe and South Africa was by far my favorite time spent away from home.
Hobbies: Surfing, playing soccer or any other sport, movie buff, NBA mega-fan, listening to and occasionally playing some music
Favorite verse: Matthew 7:11 - "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"
FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Palmer Cash, Campus Director
Hometown: Grenada, MS
Became a Christian: 1999 My freshman year of High School
University attended: ERAU (2002-2007)
Involvement with CO as a student: Barry Lusk came to start a CO ministry at Embry-Riddle my sophomore year (2003). When he began spreading a vision of discipleship among the student led ministries a few of the students caught the vision. One of them, Phil Bellomy, began to disciple me and a friend of mine. He taught me to share my faith, have a quiet time with God, study the Word, and to pray. It changed my life!
What I like best about my job? I get paid to do what I love.
Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite sports team: Ole Miss Rebels (HOTTY TODDY!)
CD I'm listening to in my car right now: Dave Matthews Band Live Trax
Favorite vacation: Australia
Hobbies: Music (drums, bass, guitar, and singing in my car and shower only), sports, duck and deer hunting
A typical "day off:" I'd rather work hard on a tractor or build something than take it easy any day.
Favorite verse: Psalm 67
Tom Mlsek, Campus Staff
Hometown: Goodyear Arizona
Became a Christian: September 30, 2006
University attended: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Involvement with CO as a student: I gave my life to Christ as a freshman at a Campus Outreach Retreat. Barry Lusk lead me in a Bible Study as a freshman, Stephen Edwards discipled me when I was a sophomore, I was disciple by Matt Rousseau at a summer project that summer. By the start of my junior year, I had gained a huge vision for evangelism, discipleship and world missions, so I began to walk it out in a personal ministry. That semester, I lead a Bible study with students who I would later disciple (Kevin Castro, Ed Grabenhorst and Caleb Choge Kipkoskey), I switched my major to civil engineering to put myself in a better career position, and simply started seeing myself as a person on the frontlines of the great commission. I took that vision, ran with it and never looked back.
What I like best about my job?: Talking about the Gospel and God’s Kingdom as an integral part of every situation in life
Favorite movie: Independence Day
Favorite sports team: 2010 US Olympic Hockey Team
CD I'm listening to in my car right now: Bon Jovi
Favorite vacation: Summer Leadership Project
Hobbies: A typical "day off:" Reading, Xbox 360, Tennis, Karaoke in no particular order.
Favorite verse: Rev 7:9