To commemorate this anniversary milestone, we asked members of our extended community to reflect on the relationships, experiences, and enduring impact of FOCUS. As you enjoy these recorded conversations, please join us in giving thanks to God for His enduring faithfulness to this ministry we all share. We invite you to keep the conversation going at our FOCUS Alumni Group on Facebook.
With a degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and an array of youth ministry experience, Amy Moreau came to FOCUS in 2003 as FOCUS Raleigh’s first Area Director. She was on staff until 2018 and remains involved as a parent and volunteer. Emily Stocks Walker was one of Amy’s first students at St. Mary’s School. After graduation from Baylor and a few years in ministry in Raleigh, she returned to Texas where she continued in ministry (particularly with Mercy Street in Dallas) and family life.
Roland Young served for nearly forty years as math teacher at Deerfield Academy, a boarding school in Massachusetts. Roland was instrumental in the Christian Fellowship, as well as the lives of the hundreds of students who were involved. During that time, Roland also served on the FOCUS Board of Trustees, and regularly participated in FOCUS regional events and retreats. As a student leader for the Deerfield fellowship, Drake Richey benefitted from Roland’s leadership and initiative. A 2000 graduate of Deerfield, Drake went on to Trinity College, and then served two years on FOCUS staff in the New England Boarding School ministry. He continues to be an active alumnus of FOCUS.
Coming to FOCUS following campus ministry in Boston, Christina Vander Kolk served as FOCUS New York City’s Area Director from 1997 – 2001. Since then, she has served almost continually on the FOCUS Fairfield Area Sponsoring Committee and seen her two children, Lexi and Luke, become involved with our National and Area Ministry programs. The daughter of a FOCUS staff member, Hannah Walker Miracola graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich in 2006 and Amherst College in 2010 (active in FOCUS as a student and volunteer throughout), and she joined the staff of FOCUS in 2012. She has served in Fairfield, New York City, and now with FOCUS in New England.