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.”

Contact them at Andrew.Brown@cru.org and Jena.Brown@cru.org

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.” 

Ashley and Ian McCready
Ashley and Ian along with Nolvin are also graduates of PVCC. Ashley is serving as part-time staff with Cru and Ian works at Liberty University as a landscaper and also serves with Cru as a volunteer. Ashley really enjoys ministering to students and learning how to better share the gospel to the world. She serves primarily with Cru high school Cru and Liberty. An interesting fact about Ashley is that she can read really fast and only reads long series for that reason. Ian has an interesting fact to share has well, he has two different colored eyes.
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.
Chris and Kylie Carrero
Two of the all-time greats, Chris and Kylie, have just returned to the US from serving with Cru with The Every Initiative in Sweden. Chris has joined our team as full-time staff and Kylie will also serve as affiliate staff. They are excited to soon become a family of 3! They are both Liberty grads and excited to be back in Lynchburg with Cru as they served on our team during the spring semester of 2021. Kylie makes amazing charcuterie boards while Cris uses his carpentry skills to make things with boards like the home they are currently renovating.

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Andrew and Jena Brown

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 new team in Lynchburg!

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.”

Contact them at Andrew.Brown@cru.org and Jena.Brown@cru.org

 

 

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 actively involved 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.” 

 

 

Ashley and Ian McCready

Ashley and Ian along with Nolvin are also graduates of PVCC. Ashley is serving as part-time staff with Cru and Ian works at Liberty University as a landscaper and also serves with Cru as a volunteer. Ashley really enjoys ministering to students and learning how to better share the gospel to the world. She serves primarily with Cru high school Cru and Liberty. An interesting fact about Ashley is that she can read really fast and only reads long series for that reason. Ian has an interesting fact to share has well, he has two different colored eyes.

 

 

Mason Boni

Perhaps the most positive and encouraging person you will ever meet, Mason joins the team after just 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.

 

 

Chris and Kylie Carrero

Chris and Kylie have just returned to the US from serving with Cru with The Every Initiative in Sweden. Chris has joined our team as full-time staff and Kylie will also serve as affiliate staff. They are excited to soon become a family of 3! They are both Liberty grads and excited to be back in Lynchburg with Cru as they served on our team during the spring semester of 2021. Kylie makes amazing charcuterie boards while Cris uses his carpentry skills to make things with boards like the home they are currently renovating.