TEXAS CRU is a community of students and staff who are seeking to love God and others at the University of Texas. We are trying to follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we don’t even come close to perfect. But we know that Jesus Christ is our only hope, that we desperately need others to help us grow, and that we have been given a true purpose in this life. No matter where you are in this process, if you ever think about or desire any of these things: hope, change, purpose, truth; please join us as we pursue them as well.
That every UT student would be exposed to the Gospel in an ongoing way through students who love and follow Christ.
Gospel | We believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection is the only hope for all of us to be reconciled to our Creator and regain our true purpose and joy in this life and the next.
Community | We believe that the life shaped by the Gospel is lived in authentic Community, since we are freed to truly love others and be loved by them.
Mission | We believe that the life shaped by the Gospel is one on Mission, to live life on purpose to bring glory to God and to bless this world.
Student Leadership | We believe that students are the best people to reach students. So we value having students take ownership and lead the movement, while we provide training and development.
OUR STAFF TEAM
CHRIS NEWPORT-TEAM LEADER |We moved to Austin in 2013 because we wanted to be a part of what God is doing at the University of Texas. My wife, Lisa, is a southern girl from Georgia, and we have three kids: Luke who is 15, Anna Grace who is 13, and Claire who is 10. I love my family, sports, Dr. Pepper, theology, and Jesus, but hopefully not in that order. Also, I love college students and have given my life to help them know and love Jesus because what starts here changes the world, right?
RACHEL WALDEN | I am from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended LSU. I was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and graduated in December of 2011 with a degree in Kinesiology. I enjoy meeting new people, running, hanging out with friends, concerts, food, and traveling. I am on staff Cru at UT this year and am very excited to see what awesome things God is going to do on this campus.
DJ GIARITELLI | I am a native of both New York and Oregon. In 2009, I decided to make the cross country trek to Alabama to play basketball at the University of Mobile. Though those dreams didn’t quite pan out, the Lord provided many other opportunities within Athletics and Campus Life to be involved. Since graduating, I’ve spent the last three years working at Mobile. This next year I am excited about the opportunity to combine my passion for sports and desire for others to know Christ by interning with Cru. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, watching and playing sports, running, hiking, eating and hanging out with my new wife, Brooke.
BROOKE GIARITELLI | I am a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest growing up in Snohomish, Washington. After 18 years in Snohomish, I needed some sunshine, so I committed to the University of Texas to play soccer. While I was there to play soccer, it was these four years that shaped my life forever. After praying to receive Christ my freshman year, the Lord placed a burden in my heart to help point others to Him. I’ve been so blessed to spend these last three years involved with my Texas Cru family and am even more excited to be sticking around Austin as a Cru Intern. In my spare time I love hiking, running, days on the lake, a good cup of coffee, and of course plenty of soccer. Oh yea, and I just got married!
JIMMY WILLIAMS | I grew up on the central coast of California near Santa Barbara. I studied Electrical Engineering at UC Irvine, and after worked in marketing at Toshiba for 2 years. But God kept the tug on my heart to full-time ministry strong, so I left that job to join full-time with Cru. I’ve served in ministry for my first 5 years in California and Arizona, then led a mission team to Melbourne, Australia, for nearly 6 years. Now I’m excited to be here at the University of Texas! I’m married to Meagan and have 3 little girls: Rita, Selah, and Norah. In my free time, I like to hang with Meagan and the girls, to run, play sports, sing, and enjoy the magnificent meals that Meagan cooks.
MEAGAN WILLIAMS | When I was a junior at UT (many years ago!), God used the ministry of Cru to completely change the course of my life. I placed my faith in Jesus as my Lord & Savior my Junior year. My eyes were opened, and my spirit longed for the redemption found only in Him. A year later I decided to join staff with Cru to walk beside college girls as others had walked beside me & pointed me to Jesus. My hope is for women to be captivated by God’s glory and to live out their lives as image bearers of Him. In the 16 years of being on staff with Cru, I served at UT and Oklahoma, then met my husband Jimmy, and together we have served in Arizona, abroad in Australia for 6 years, and now back at UT!! We have 3 fun daughters and part of my week is spent homeschooling them, while the other part of my week is spent with college students! I enjoy cooking & baking cakes, playing board games with my family, watching UT football, camping, and having long, deep chats with friends.