John & Megan Carson
I grew up going to church but didn’t fully understand the gospel until my Sunday school teacher shared it with us towards the end of my senior year of high school. Even though I had accepted Christ already, when I got to college He still wasn’t first in my life. I put my grades above God. I lived in a fraternity and a couple guys were leading a Bible study through Ephesians. It was through that study that I realized God calls to be first in our lives, but that He wasn’t in mine. As I grew in my understanding of the gospel, I realized the need to go share the gospel with others. After a summer mission trip with Cru following my sophomore year, I felt God might be calling me to join staff. Through my involvement over the next two years that calling felt confirmed. Fun facts: I grew up on a farm, I’ve ran 2 marathons and 3 half marathons, and I’m the 17th John in my family.
I went into college unsure if I believed Christianity anymore. The first friends I met at college got involved with Cru so I went along with them to Bible study. I struggled to surrender my life to Jesus because I knew He wanted my whole life, but I wasn’t sure I was ready to give Him everything. After seeing so many Christians live out their faith, I could see that they had something special in their lives and I wanted it. They had a personal relationship with Jesus. I started falling deeply in love with Jesus as I realized how much He loved me and would never let me down. Once I decided I wanted to live my entire life for Jesus, the decision to join staff with Cru was easy. What better use of my life than to be a part of Christ’s transformational work in other people! Fun facts: I finished college in 3 years, I’m half Greek, and I’m the only redhead in my family.
When I first set foot on NIU’s campus as a freshman, I had no intention of being here two years after I graduated. My plan was to get my degree and teaching certificate in early childhood education, graduate, and move on to get the job I wanted to do since I was three. Surprise! God had some very different plans! During my time as a student at NIU, I got involved with Cru, through an invitation from my best friend. God used Cru to help me learn more about himself and experience more joy in following Jesus than I had ever thought possible, even though I had been active in church all my life. Jesus changed my heart in huge ways and I am passionate about helping others experience the same joy that I found in Him.
My hobbies include sports (especially basketball and tennis), scrapbooking, and speaking Spanish. The place I would most like to visit in the U.S. is Colorado.
I grew up in Church hearing about Jesus from a young age. When I came to NIU in 2008, I really began experiencing the Lord in a new way. He became less of a story, and more a real person. I grew to see how Jesus wanted to know me in a personal way. He wants me to be in relationship with me, so much that He died to take away my sin. The more I got to know Him, the more my heart longed to share it with others. Through Cru at NIU, I learned about the Lord’s heart for community and the need for the Gospel in people’s lives. After leaving NIU for 2 years, I am excited to be back and sharing this life giving message with others here. I am also excited to do life with so many amazing people!
I always loved making people laugh. It’s what I used to become friends with people. And I loved the attention it gave me. In reality, it masked deeper issues of anger that I would hide from my friends and take out on my parents. On top of that, I would use my personality of making people feel comfortable through my humor for my own gain, specifically with the opposite sex. Causing many broken relationships. That all changed when I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of 18. The gospel that offers joy that surpasses anything else, and forgiveness for all those things I did before. As I came to NIU in 2009 as a transfer student, I got plugged into the ethnic Cru ministry – DESIgn. Where I grew in understanding that this gospel changes lives, and goes deep. Eventually, the Lord opened up opportunities to serve at Cru in NIU. Thats where the Lord grabbed me, and showed me His heart for the Lost, and reconciling people to HIM. Now, God has given me this joy and conviction to share my life, my weakness, and the gospel of grace to this campus. I’m excited to see God do work in me first, and on the Campus of NIU!
I love people, lifting, and netflix binging.