Monday Motivator – December 15

It is never easy to lose leaders in an organization because you never have enough capable people. The news that Gabe Moya has resigned his missionary status with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries has made me sad. I want to recognize and honor my friend’s calling, character, and fruitfulness. I have had the privilege of working with Gabe on the Chi Alpha National Training Team in Charlottesville, VA, the past three years. I have seen the quality and depth of his character, along with the leadership and skill he has brought to the initiatives and projects we worked on.

Born and raised in Hawaii, he holds degrees in Biblical Studies and Philosophy and a Master of Divinity, and has completed training in Clinical Pastoral Education. He and wife Trish have been married since 1991, have two children, and have served with Chi Alpha since the late 90’s.

Gabe served as a Campus Missionary in Training (CMIT – our language for prospective new staff) in 1998-99 with Joe Zickafoose at Southwest Missouri State. Gabe re-pioneered and led the Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) from 1999 to 2009. During much of that time, Gabe also served as the state director of Chi Alpha in CO, as well as on the Rocky Mountain regional team. He served on the National Training Team from 2009 to 2014. Gabe was the primary facilitator of menternship.com, Chi Alpha’s first on-line training for marketplace ministry. His imprint on Chi Alpha has been from local to global.

Dr. Harvey Herman, National Director of Training said: “On the Training Team we worked together to expose Chi Alpha Nation to servant leadership. Of the competencies of a servant leader, you will find many of these reflected in the robustness of Gabe and Trish – characteristics like critical thinking, community building, self-awareness, healing of souls, and persuasive foresight. They live as missional people with a clear and certain calling from God to serve. They’re the real deal, easy to like, and even easier to love.”

Nate Banke was a student under Gabe at UNC.  He told me: “When God gave me a word to transfer to UNC from an Idaho school I didn’t know why. Gabe was the one who God used to answer that question as he connected me into Chi Alpha at UNC, and was the one who infused the vision and passion for Chi Alpha’s future that has continued to direct my life to this day as the Chi Alpha director at Colorado State and state rep in CO. Gabe’s deep wisdom and insight into life and faith, partnered with his deep concern for those of us who were his students, gave him the impact that lead to so many lives changed and forever marked by his influence.”

Lisa Eggert, another former student said, “Fourteen years ago, Gabe Moya called my dorm telephone at UNC and invited me to Chi Alpha.  Little did he know, I had just accepted Jesus the day before and prayed for someone to teach me about what it means to follow Christ. Well, I’m confident that God answered my prayers by that phone call. I have seen Gabe commit his life to having intentional relationships with American and International students.  He is loyal, faithful, compassionate and wise.  He has always challenged me to listen to and obey Jesus.  When you spend time with Gabe, you can’t help but feel like the time together was a gift from God.”

Wherever he served, Gabe has done just what Jesus demanded in Matthew 28:18-20: making disciples. While Gabe joins the staff of City Church in Charlottesville, he told me he wants to stay connected to Chi Alpha and aid in developing healthy leaders. Serve globally. Join me in imitating Gabe’s example of intentional discipleship, authenticity, and servant leadership.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2014 by Mike Olejarz

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