J.W. & STEPHANIE BETTS
We are originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico and we’ve been on staff with Cru since 2001. We love hanging out with college students talking about our awesome savior Jesus. Before serving here in central NY, we were on staff in Sevilla, Spain, and Kearney Nebraska. Our life is an exciting adventure of faith. We’ve got five kids who we really love a lot: Jack, Josiah, Titus, Ruby, and Juni. They keep us wild and crazy. Our family likes bikes, books and bean burritos from Taco Bell.
NIC & CHRISTY BRENNER
We’ve been on staff with Cru since 2006 and are originally from Maine and New Hampshire. We love watching God transform students' lives and set them on a trajectory to follow Him for a lifetime. We have three boys, Jack, Charlie, and Max, and a little girl named Tessa. Our family loves the outdoors, legos, rough housing, and following Christ on this great adventure.
SIMON & CAROLINE HUANG
Caroline joined full-time staff with Cru at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) after she graduated in 2012. During her time there, she connected with and mentored both American and international students. Simon volunteered for four years with the ministry after he graduated from UNH while working as an engineer. After that, God called Simon to go into full-time ministry. He served two years in overseas missions with Cru reaching college students in the Middle East and East Asia. We got married August 2017 and have now combined our passions for sharing the gospel with college students. Simon loves swimming, basketball and Asian food. Caroline enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking and anything outdoors. We are thrilled to serve together at Cornell!
Cru interns typically graduate from Cornell and then stay for 1–2 years doing campus ministry alongside the long-term staff.
I am a recent Cornell grad with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Systems Engineering, and minors in Music and Southeast Asian Studies. Why yes, these are all unrelated topics, and I actually want to serve unreached people as a doctor! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m a proud Filipina born and raised in Indiana, and I am passionate about women’s ministry, diversity in the church, and Christ-centered worship. I like anything outdoors (hiking, stargazing, scuba diving), all types of heights (rock climbing, cliff diving), and basically everything high energy (boxing, dancing, karaoke)! When I’m not burning calories, you can catch me napping in my hammock, making tunes, inhaling ice cream (& subsequently regretting my life choices because I’m lactose-intolerant), or googling “cat sushi”!
BEN & HANNAH HUTTON
We graduated from Cornell in 2008 (Ben) and 2009 (Hannah) and were profoundly impacted by our experience with Cru. After graduation, we spent time in Minneapolis and did grad school in Philadelphia (Westminster Seminary for Ben, University of Pennsylvania for Hannah) before following God’s call to return to Ithaca. Ben is a freelance web developer working for Desiring God and the Associate Pastor of Christ Chapel, the church we attend. Hannah takes care of our three kids — Elijah, David, and Lydia. We both enjoy getting on campus, spending time with students, and letting our kids run around at Cru events.
Hi everyone! This upcoming year will be my 8th year living in Ithaca - five years of studying Mechanical Engineering at Cornell (during which I became a Christian!), one year as an Intern with Cru, and this will be my second year working as a Product Engineer with BorgWarner, a global automotive engineering company. I have a passion for working with and learning about people and cultures from all different backgrounds, and I look forward to using my time as a volunteer with Cru to help students to embrace the immense diversity of this unique campus! Having spent a year in East Asia on STINT with Cru and hoping to move there in the long-term, I also look forward to practicing my "East-Asianese" so please feel free to help me practice!