Lynchburg Cru Staff

Andrew and Jena Brown

Jena and Andrew worked with Cru in Boston from 2008-2013 and directed ministries on several campuses as part of the Boston Metro Team. In 2013 they moved to Charlottesville to lead the ministry at UVA.  While at UVA God ignited their passion for launching new ministries. After launching Cru at PVCC in 2015, a year later they launched the first campus in Lynchburg at CVCC. 5 more campuses and 2 high schools have been launched since then! Sensing that a local team was needed with all of these campuses now launched, the Browns got permission to start a new team in Lynchburg and after much prayer they made the move in June of 2019 to lead the team!

Jena is a gifted actress and singer, a mom of 3 kids, and loves building into the lives of college students. She has a Masters in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory.  Andrew loves basketball (playing and watching), spending time with his family and doing home repairs (their house was built in 1911!). Fun fact: Andrew has never had a hot dog or a cup of coffee. Andrew’s favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”

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Nolvin and Kati Cruz

Nolvin Cruz served on our team as an intern for two years and reported in the spring of 2022 as full time staff. Nolvin married his wife Kati in June 2022 and they have 2 dogs. He is a graduate from Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) in Charlottesville, VA. There, he was introduced to Cru and became an actively involved participant and later the student president. After graduating he felt God put it on his heart to go into full time ministry with Cru. Nolvin has seen the Office 9 times and loves to throw knives for fun. His personal motto is, “Live life Philippians 1:21 style so I can spread the Gospel Matthew 28:8-10 style.” 

Mason Boni
Perhaps the most positive and encouraging person you will ever meet. Mason joined the team after graduating in May 2022 from Liberty University. He will be serving with us as part-time staff. Mason is also a gifted photographer and has shot numerous weddings and engagements.
Charissa and Jake McMasters
Charissa is a bright and joyous part of our team here in Lynchburg. She faithfully dedicated much of her time to Cru as a student volunteer and then graduated from Liberty University in 2019. After this, she followed the Lord’s call to Sweden in order to reach university students and refugees with the good news of Jesus Christ. Upon returning from Sweden, Charissa married Jake and joined up as Lynchburg Cru staff! With her husband, Jake, at her side, they intend to return to Sweden long-term when the Lord wills.