Ed and Christy Hanna
Ed and Christy have been married for over 12 years and have 4 incredible children. They've been in ministry together for 11+ years, leading the team in the Lehigh Valley for the past 5 years. They both grew up in the Lehigh Valley, so they're happy to be back in the area serving with Cru.
Ed love sports...in particular college football, and more specifically LSU football. Some might say he's a little too passionate about it! He loves playing games and hanging out with close friends. Ed is passionate about young men and women knowing and experiencing the great love that Jesus has for them.
Christy loves design, being outdoors, reading, and good conversations over a cup of coffee. She too loves playing games. She is a fantastic mother to their 4 kids and continues to be involved in the ministry.
Ed and Christy are trusting that God will use them to communicate His great love to college students in the Lehigh Valley. It's a love that has changed them and continues to change their lives every day.
Nate and Virginia Sims
Nate and Virginia have been married for over 10 years and have two children, Evelyn and Judah. They met during a basketball game at faith Christian Academy in 8th grade, and after high school graduation they felt that God was calling them into vocational ministry. God opened the doors at Cairn University for Nate to study Pastoral Ministries and Bible. After college, Nate joined the Army National Guard and currently serves in a chaplain role. For years they enjoyed helping serve in youth ministry, but it became clear (over time of prayer and experiences) as many pastors, friends, and family confirmed the calling to be college campus missionaries. They are excited and passionate about reaching the Lehigh Valley with Christ!
Virginia loves to travel and create memories (favorite vacation spot is OBX). She enjoys cooking and baking delicious food. Nate is competitively natured and loves to play games, especially Settlers of Catan! His favorite sport is football (Eagles fan).
They both treasure our family time and experiences and look forward to creating more memories together. Their desire as a family is to serve God together, love others, and to reach every student with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Caden and Kassidy Strause
Caden and Kassidy have been married since November 2018. They met while involved with campus ministry as students at Kutztown University. During the course of their time as students, they both felt an increasing passion to bring the Gospel to college campuses. Not long after they graduated from college, they married and began their pursuit of college ministry through Cru starting as volunteers and recently becoming part-time staff. They are slowly progressing towards full-time staff and are delighted to continue serving at KU, where they met and experienced Christ for the first time.
Caden's inner excitement comes out through his interest in SEO, musical instruments, gaming, and budgeting. He is passionate about theology and seeing young students' lives changed by knowing the love of Jesus.
Kassidy was raised on ballet, books, and outdoorsy adventure. She has recently explored a new interest in cooking and baking which she loves to pour out on others. Both Kassidy and Caden are die-hard coffee drinkers and are fueled by their hearts of servitude for others.
It is their hope and desire to see waves of young adults leave the college campus with a firm foundation of the Gospel.
Joel and Kristina Dunn
Joel and Kristina have been married since October 2017. The pair met at their church in Williamsport, PA where Joel studied at Penn College of Technology. Joel invited Kristina to her first Cru event. Kristina is now serving with Cru full-time while Joel is volunteering. He has a full-time job in Allentown.
Kristina loves to be outdoors and prefers to be barefoot if possible. She loves to sing, capture moments through video and photography, and learn about different cultures. Joel served in the Marine Corps. He enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, and exploring new places. The two love to try new foods together and play board games with family and friends as often as possible.
Joel and Kristina are passionate about caring for college students. They pray the Lord will work through them to share His love, grace, and truth on college campuses. The two have been transformed by His love and desire to share that with others.
Grace recently graduated from Lehigh University in May of 2020 and has since returned to intern with Lehigh Valley Cru for the year. While at Lehigh, she has had the pleasure of being a part of the leadership team with Cru, which played a significant role in strengthening her faith and love for God. She hopes to use her passion for design and connecting with others to bring college students closer to Christ and each other!
As Lehigh Cru’s first home-grown intern, she is both honored and humbled that God has called her back to serve the community of students and staff leaders she grew up with and be a testament to the beauty of living a surrendered life for Him. Her prayer for this year is that God would use her as a vessel to move in and through her, according to His perfect will.
During her free time, Grace likes to take pictures of candid moments, travel to new places, spend quality time with friends and family, and eat lots and lots of watermelon!