STAFF

The Valentines
The Wards
The Hughes

Mark has been the director of CRU at App for 18 years. He went to the University of Kentucky where he was involved with Cru, He has been married 18 years to his sweet wife Bekah, who attended UNC-Chapel Hill, which can make it a little tough around the house during basketball season. She is kind, wise, and enjoys baking, running swimming and volleyball.  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 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!

Cory Keehn

Cory Keehn and his wife (Alexandra) moved to Boone last August. They originally grew up in eastern Kansas and both graduated from Fort Hays State in western Kansas. He is passionate about living his life sold out for the Lord and following Him where ever He leads. Cory is also easily convinced to join a crazy outdoor adventure expedition (especially if it involves running). He used to be a collegiate runner and loves using physical activities to share the peace and joy he has in Christ.

Chris and Allicia Hughes are both natives of the Raleigh area. They first met while attending a summer camp when they were 15 years old. Both Chris and Allicia attended Appalachian where the first got involved with campus ministry. After graduating in 2012, they served with Cru in Haiti for a semester. They joined staff with Cru in 2013 and worked in the Upstate of South Carolina from 2014-2017. They now live in Boone with their big golden doodle, Waffle.

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.  She loves people, music, creativity, the outdoors, and being with family.  Larry and Teresa have three grown children.  Jason and Tyler graduated from Appalachian State and Sara is a senior here.

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

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