Chad and Christy Helmer
Chad came to know Jesus in 1997 through the ministry of Athletes in Action. In 2005 he graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Computer Science and married his wife, Christy. Chad worked in the information technology industry for three years before he and Christy joined the staff of Cru at Ohio University in 2007 and began leading the ministry in 2011. He has an M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently working on a Ph.D in Theology at Durham University, UK. He enjoys reading, reading, and when he’s not doing that, he also does a little reading.
Christy is a native of Dublin, OH. As the daughter of a pastor, she placed her trust in Christ when she was very young. She also graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a B.A. in Journalism. She loves traveling, especially to the beach, as well as event planning, listening to audio books, getting good deals, and spending time with friends. She and Chad met through their involvement in Cru as students at Ohio University. Together, they like to pedal Athens’ scenic bike path, exercise, and host Cru staff and students in their home.
Christy initially joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2012 for two years as an intern and returned in 2016 as a team leader. She loves that the college campus is full of energy that she can’t get enough of. She loves that she gets to do life with students; inviting them to see that Jesus is real in relationships and day-to-day circumstances and training them in what it means to walk with the Lord with their lives. Christy is a Chicago native and loves exploring the city. She has a soft spot for coffee, theology, adventures, and a good puzzle now and then. Christy received her undergraduate degree in Bible and Ministry to Women from Moody Bible Institute and her graduate degree in Christian Formation and Theology from Wheaton College.
Jason and Kacey Hoffman
Jason Hoffman joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2004 and his wife Kacey joined in 2005. Jason serves with the men on South Green and is the Partnership Director for Southeast Ohio Cru’s partnership in South Asia. He loves getting to know students personally, seeing their lives transformed by Christ, and then seeing them go to the ends of the earth to help fulfill the Great Commission. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer, watching football, and reading. Jason and Kacey have three beautiful children: Maddy, Caleb, and Gabby.
Nick and Amy Stapleton
Nick Stapleton joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2009 and his wife Amy joined the team in 2014. Nick and Amy serve with the men and women on East Green and at Marietta College. Nick also oversees the 180 Team and Amy does videography. Nick is currently working on an M. Div and Amy on an MATS from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Together, they are passionate about proclaiming Jesus and raising up the next generation of Christ-centered disciples. Nick enjoys reading, technology, longboarding, skiing and being a coffee enthusiast. Amy enjoys reading, baking, longboarding, snowboarding, traveling and playing games!
Clay and Emily Selway
Clay Selway joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2016 and serves with the men on West Green and at Hocking College. He loves getting to help students grow closer to Jesus. He says that it’s a privilege to share how Jesus has changed his life and encourage students in their relationship with Him. He loves getting to participate in seeing students become life-long disciples of Jesus. Clay also loves backpacking, is a Cleveland sports lifer, and always enjoys reading a good historical book. He also appreciates few things more than a great burger. He is originally from New Philadelphia, Ohio and graduated from OU in 2012 with a bachelor of science in education. He is a proud husband to his beautiful wife, Emily, and they have a cat named Rufus (After the OU mascot, Go Bobcats)!
Emily Selway joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2013 and serves with the women on West Green and at Hocking College. Additionally, she helps with Kainos (an effort to reach students of African descent), and is in charge of Communications for the staff team. Emily loves Jesus, loves college students, and wants every corner of the globe to be reached with the good news of Jesus – and thinks that college students are the best way to do that! She also loves the amazing community she gets to be a part of and all of the beautiful places she gets to go and people she gets to meet. Emily really feels like she’s getting to be a part of changing the world! She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and playing with her cat, Rufus. She also loves cooking, photography, and cat videos. Emily loves having students over to their house, so if anyone wants a hot meal or needs to do laundry, the Selways are your people!
Jacob and Ellie McCollister
Jacob McCollister joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2016 and serves with the men on South Green and at Hocking College. He loves getting to be a part of the lives of students that he know God is going to use for incredible things. In his free time, Jacob enjoys video games, chopping wood, and hot tubbing. Jacob is the (self-declared) 2nd Coolest Staff Guy on South Green (extremely distant behind Kyle).
Ellie McCollister joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2016 and serves with the women on South Green and with Bridges (Cru’s ministry to international students). Ellie loves being on staff and says that “it’s the best job!” In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, movies, chemistry, astronomy, and hiding pots of gold at the end of rainbows. If she had a superpower, it would be the ability to spend a couple hours of one-on-one time with every single OU student and never get tired. Also flying.
Emily Baumhoer joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2017 and serves with Bridges (Cru’s ministry to international students). She loves being on staff because she get to spend the best hours of her days and weeks investing in God’s kingdom. Emily loves to read, and thinks that public library systems are among man’s greatest developments. She also enjoys snowboarding, riding roller coasters, attending live musical performances, and going to baseball games.
Bill Hauschild joined the staff team at Ohio University in 2011. He works with Athletes in Action and the Valor Military Ministry and also serves with the men at the University of Rio Grande. Bill retired from the Army in December of 2010 after 21 years service and has had the privilege of leveraging his military experiences to help lead the Valor Military Ministry on campus at Ohio University. As a former collegiate athlete, Bill loves the opportunity to connect with student-athletes at the University of Rio Grande and point them toward Christ. Bill is married to his incredible wife Catherine, with whom he has four great kids — family is one of his greatest passions. Fitness is also a passion of Bill’s. He stays connected to this by serving as a fitness instructor and triathlon coach through Ohio University’s Staff and Faculty fitness center, WellWorks. Bill also serves as the faculty advisor and race director for the OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason.
Josh Igwe joined the staff team as an intern in the fall of 2017. Josh, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from Ohio University in the spring of 2017 with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Josh has a passion to see students experience an authentic relationship with Jesus. Josh also has a strong desire to see students of different ethnicities and cultures engaged with the gospel on campus. He enjoys reading, football, basketball, music (especially hip-hop), debating and learning new things. Josh also has a peculiar love for retired Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant.
Natalie Miller, a native of Wauseon, Ohio, is excited to be joining staff as an intern this year. After graduating from Ohio University in 2015, she continued her study of French, completing her M.A. in the spring of 2017. She’s looking forward to studying the Word with students, preferably over a hot cup of coffee and some kind of baked good. In her free time, Natalie enjoys forcing people to look at pictures of her cat Digit, trying to figure out the desired texture of scones, playing ukulele, conversations about how film and literature reflect the gospel, listening to audiobooks, and playing soccer and ultimate frisbee.
Lyndsey joined staff with Cru in the fall of 2017. She has lived in numerous states and cities but her family presently resides in Columbus, Ohio. Lyndsey graduated from Ohio University in the spring of 2017 with a degree in psychology. She is pursuing a masters degree in clinical mental health and counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary. Lyndsey is excited to see students place their hope and trust and Jesus. She loves how walking intimately with the Lord truly changes people’s lives and perspectives. Some of Lyndsey’s hobbies includes eating, watching HGTV, reading, and sitting still for long periods of time.
Michael joined the staff team in 2017 after graduating from Ohio University in the spring of 2017 with a degree in finance. He grew up in Mason, Ohio near Cincinnati and loves all things sports and Cincinnati. When at home, you might see him at a Reds game or hopelessly watching the Bengals with his family. The staff team also recently celebrated their most recent marriage when Michael married his beautiful bride, Aly, in August. While she finishes her degree in Early Childhood Education, Michael is beyond excited to see how the Lord will use him throughout this next year as he acclimates himself to marriage as well as full-time ministry. He loves to play almost any sport and really enjoys learning new games and ways to keep active.
Rachael is a recent graduate from Ohio University with a degree in Political Science. She is from Cincinnati but has also lived in Cleveland, OH. She joined the staff team as an intern in the Fall of 2017 and serves with the women on West Green. Rachael desires to see students feel the worth, belonging, and purpose of knowing Jesus. She is obsessed with movies & TV shows, Nutella, and crafts –– so many crafts. Football is one of her favorite sports to watch, and she suffers from being a Browns fan
Jake joined the team as an intern in the Fall of 2017. Jake is a graduate of Marietta College, where he played 2 years of college baseball. Jake is a coffee junkie, and he enjoys reading, skiing, working out, playing sports, being with friends, and eating. Jake is excited to share the Gospel with the students of OU and Marietta College. He is also excited to grow in his relationship with Jesus Christ by serving alongside other staff and students.