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The Valentines
The Wards
The Hughes

Mark has been the director of CRU at App for 22 years. He graduated from the University of Kentucky where he was involved with Cru. He has been married 23 years to his sweet wife Bekah, who is kind and wise, and enjoys baking, running, swimming, and volleyball. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill which can make it a little tough around the house during basketball season.  Mark has never met a stranger, is a gifted speaker, and loves fly fishing, hunting, and Kentucky basketball.  They have 3 children; Michaela, Jenna, and Silas.

Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson is currently serving in Madrid, Spain with our partnership ministry. She is serving on a Cru STINT team for a year with Spanish Cru staff to reach university students in the city. Amy graduated from Appalachian State in 2016. She interned at App State during the 2016-2017 school year and joined staff the summer of 2017. She majored in Elementary Education and loves kids, but fell in love with college ministry while interning with Cru after college. Amy grew up in the small town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. She loves fuzzy animals, crafting, and calligraphy. She also enjoys recreational activities like kayaking and skiing.

Christopher and Paige Ward have been working for Cru since 2013 where they first met while serving in London, England. Paige graduated from Florida State University and loves FSU football and Christopher is an App State Alum! He is excited to be back at his alma mater! Before App, Paige served with Cru’s ministry to international students (Bridges) at Georgia Tech and Christopher was working at the University of South Carolina. They got married in May 2017 and are excited to work together at ASU!

The Freemans

Larry grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming and The University of Texas at Austin.  He has served with Cru over the years at the University of Minnesota, Texas A&M, UNC Charlotte, NC State, and on several international summer missions.  He is steady, patient, a good listener and enjoys reading, hiking, and biking.  He and Teresa met in California while serving at Cru’s headquarters.  Teresa is from North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State.  She loves being back in Boone.  She has served in various roles at several campuses with Cru and The People and Culture Team for NC, VA, MD, and DE.  She loves people, music, creativity, the outdoors, and being with family.  Larry and Teresa have three grown children who also graduated from Appalachian State.  They are enjoying being grandparents to Grace and Joy.

Chris and Allicia first got involved with Cru as students at App State. After graduating in 2012, they served with Cru on various campuses in Upstate South Carolina. They moved back to Boone in 2017 and love continuing to reach students at their alma mater. They have two children--Judah and Adelaide.

Noah Williams

"Noah graduated from Appalachian State in the Spring of 2022. He was apart of CRU as a student for 4 years and decided to come on staff as an intern in the summer of 2022. He majored in Business Management but wanted try ministry after college. Noah is from Clayton, North Carolina. He enjoys mountain biking, rafting, hiking and skiing. "

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