WHAT WE DO
WEEKLY SERVICE: Every Tuesday at 6:30pm and 8pm join us in the Union for a time of powerful worship, a relevant message, and an opportunity to connect with friends.
SMALL GROUPS: Our small groups meet together all around campus to discuss the Bible and talk about life. Small groups are where life happens and where you will likely meet some of your very best friends.
AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY: We are more than a ministry - we are a family. We love to have fun, eat food, and do life together. Join us for a campus party, fall & winter retreats, post-service events, pickup sports, or a backyard bonfire.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: Our campus is very diverse. We believe God is sending students to our campus from all over the world to meet Jesus. We love connecting with international friends and frequently have international parties.
MISSIONS ORIENTED: Missions are a big deal to us. We offer an international and a US missions trip option during our Spring Break. We also support and send missionaries all over the world.
COMMUNITY FOCUSED: We love our campus and we love our city! We actively involve ourselves and volunteer on campus. From moving in freshmen to volunteering at the Big Event, we want to enhance campus anyway we can. We also have volunteer opportunities at our local homeless shelter - Northlands Rescue Mission.
It is our desire to introduce UND students to a relationship with Jesus Christ by:
Communication with God
Expressions of thanks through word, music, and service
Community of students developing quality relationships
Learning about Jesus and following His example
Living a life that reflects our relationship with God
“We are therefore ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."
-2 Corinthians 5:20
Josiah & Kenzie Negron
UND Chi Alpha Directors/Lead Pastors
Josiah and Kenzie have been on the UND XA team for 5 years. They both truly gave their life to Jesus and started following him during their college years at UND. UND XA played a pivotal role in their growth and understanding of what a life following Jesus looks like.
Philippians 3:8 says, “Nothing compares to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Josiah and Kenzie’s heart is to see college students give up everything they think they have of worth in exchange for the greatness of just knowing Jesus.
Additionally, they are passionate about teaching and equipping students toward biblical literacy, maturity as a disciple and disciple-maker, and understanding the power of the Holy Spirit. They have a four-year-old daughter, named Selah Wonder and a 9-month-old son, named Moses Samuel. Kenzie also has a photography business, called Poppy + Iris Photography. In their free time, they love trying new food, drinking coffee, doing DIY home improvement projects and staying active. Family, music, creativity and soccer are also big parts of their life, apart from ministry.
Michaela graduated from UND in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She got plugged into Chi Alpha right away as a freshman and was blown away by the vulnerability that took place in small group. Michaela grew up going to church but had never experienced such authentic community or intentional discipleship before. She learned what it meant to have real devotion to God, real community with others, and real responsibility (to go out and make disciples).
God changed her life through the community of Chi Alpha, and she is passionate about helping others find Jesus through authentic community and intentional discipleship. This will be her fourth year working for UND Chi Alpha!
Pictured is her fiancé, Austin Fung, who just graduated from UND with an Aerospace degree in Commercial Aviation. Jesus also transformed his life through Chi Alpha during his time as a student. He is currently taking steps to become a Missionary pilot! They are set to tie the knot in the Summer of 2023!
DAVID & COURTNEY KASEN
Small Groups Director
David and his wife Courtney have been serving as missionaries with Chi Alpha for the past 7 years. They both were students at UND and were heavily involved with Chi Alpha during their undergrads at UND, which is where they met. They've been serving full-time with Chi Alpha at the University of Minnesota Crookston for the past 4 years and will now be serving again at UND.
David and Courtney have three boys together: Alec (5), Noah (3), and Leo (7 months). Their days are filled with squirt gun fights, made up games, books, sports, and lots of wrestling. David loves volleyball, spike ball and most outdoor activities, and Courtney is an adept barista, chef, and artist. Besides their common passion for board games and their children, their united passion is for God, for discipling others to know Christ and make him known, and for seeing every tribe, tongue, demographic, and people group being united under the banner of Christ. They are excited to see what God has for UND and look forward to helping students find and fulfill their calling on campus and into the rest of their lives.
JUDAH & MAY NEGRON
Large Group/Creative/Int'l Student Outreach Director
Judah Negron is now stepping into his fourth year with UND Chi Alpha. Judah has a passion for people and a heart for people who feel lonely or worthless.
His favorite verse is Matthew 28:19 which says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This is his favorite verse because it highlights God’s love for all nations, all cultures, and all people groups; this call to love and reach out to the nations is one of the main reasons Judah has given his life to missions. Judah’s dream is to see the lives of international students transformed by the love of God.
On top of that, Judah enjoys playing soccer, lifting weights, photography, and serving on the worship team on drums, piano, guitar, or vocally. Pictured is his wife, May Negron, who also volunteers in XA and has a heart to reach internationals for Jesus!
Andy is a first-year CMIT at UND and started his faith journey at a young age. Through the mentorship of the full-time staff at Chi Alpha, he learned what it meant to bring Jesus into his college lifestyle. As a founding member of The Forge, a Chi Alpha house on the UND campus, Andy’s vision is to see more people come to know Christ through the power of proximity–by living in a community with fellow believers during college!
Andy’s hobbies include crafting specialty coffee, playing music, and working outside. He is also a spreadsheet geek and mains Ness in Super Smash Bros.
Cassie came to UND with a passion for Christ but was uncertain of how to cultivate her faith on her own. Soon after starting college, Cassie found Chi Alpha, where she was shown what real community and authentic discipleship look like. Cassie graduated from UND in 2022 with degrees in French & Secondary Education.
During her sophomore year of college, she decided to answer the call to full-time ministry which led to her doing the CMIT program this year! Through the CMIT program, Cassie is excited to help build maturity in disciples and disciple-makers with the ministry that helped shape her walk with Jesus. As well as using her creative talents in photography and videography to bless the ministry!
Outside of being a CMIT Cassie enjoys finding the best coffee, developing her creative skills further, and spending time with her closest friends.
During his first year of college, Tenzin was changed by God’s love. Coming from a Buddhist background to now living his life for Christ, he has been impacted by the way Jesus lived and wants to live radically for the Lord.
This will be Tenzin’s first year as an intern coming from Minneapolis, MN. He loves to read books about Jesus and testimonies of other missionaries as well as reading his Bible.
Tenzin enjoys spending time with students as well as creating relationships to help them to grow their faith in Christ and help them continue the mission Jesus has set for us (Matthew 28:19). In his free time, he enjoys spikeball, camping, and jamming out to worship music.
Cailey Autumn Barth
Cailey’s life was radically changed in Chi Alpha during her freshman year of college, and that is why she feels called to be a missionary with Chi Alpha. She wanted to give college students that same feeling that she had her first week at college.
This will be her first year as a CMIT with UND XA. She is originally from Iowa and wanted to take that leap of faith by moving out of state and felt like North Dakota was the place to be. She is excited to learn from her teammates on staff and from the students at UND.
Some of her favorite things include graphics, photography, longboarding, and coffee.
John found his passion for Jesus back in college while he was leading as a student in Intervarsity and Cru. Shortly after graduation, he found the call to join a Chi Alpha in Wisconsin where he later transferred to the UND to join the team as a campus missionary.
This will be his second year serving the campus of UND. His passion is to see students encouraged to step out in faith and become hungry for more of Jesus. Fun fact, John loves sports, music, hanging out with people, and most importantly discipling others.
Lauren graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2020 where she got involved in Chi Alpha in her junior year. She had never before heard God’s voice or experienced intentional discipleship in the ways she did while in Chi Alpha. Lauren assisted with Chi Alpha in Crookston for two years before joining the CMIT program at UND.
She is excited to help students seek God’s will for every aspect of their lives and learn to live it out. Not pictured is her husband, Lukas, who works at Poppler’s Music in Grand Forks. In their free time, they enjoy going out to eat, hosting dinners, and playing board games.
Paul and his wife, Cassidy, both hold a Master of Music degree in Performance. They met while learning their degrees at the University of North Dakota in the low brass studio. Paul recently finished touring with the professional Christian brass group, The King’s Brass, where he had the privilege to perform and share the gospel all over the country. Over the past year, Paul has felt God calling him more and more into full-time ministry. With this calling, they decided that he would pursue an internship with Chi Alpha at UND to see more students know Christ and make Him known to all the nations.
They have two puppies, Phineas and Sandy, and are also excited to be welcoming their first child this December! Paul is passionate about theology, discipleship, music theory, and coffee.
I am a senior, graduating in the fall with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in leadership. UND Chi Alpha is my home and I love the ministry, fellowship, opportunity it provides. My favorite part is the authentic, Jesus loving discipleship that occurs individually and within small groups!
Personally, I love competition, coffee, and my beautiful wife, Mia.
I’m studying Commercial Aviation with a minor in Atmospheric Sciences and having a blast! Chi Alpha was exactly what I needed my freshman year, and the men in it fully surrounded me with Christ’s love. It’s powerful to see other students making strides in their faith and motivates me to grow closer with the Lord.
I’d encourage any student with 1 Peter 1:7 “(Your faith) is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
I am a senior at UND, majoring in biology and pre-physical therapy. I started coming to Chi Alpha my freshman year and loved the close knit fellowship where I got to experience a relationship with Christ. I love being in a community where others are encouraged to learn more about living a life for Christ.
I like to do anything outdoors in my free time, including running, biking, and hiking.
I am a senior at UND, double majoring in Biology and Spanish. I got plugged into Chi Alpha at the beginning of my freshman year and was captivated by the vulnerability demonstrated by my small group leaders. From there, I rededicated my life to Jesus & now walk in freedom. I am passionate about loving others and bringing the lost sheep home.
In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the lake and spending time with friends and family.