Chrissy has been on staff with Campus Ambassadors since 2006. Initially serving with the State University of New York, Brockport group (’06-’10), she was drawn by the opportunity to mentor others. She married her high school sweetheart and fellow Campus Ambassadors intern, Jake Baxter, in June 2009.
They felt God pulling them away from Brockport and giving them both a whole new understanding of the city of Rochester and the gaps that exist between cultures. From these beginnings was formed the idea of a Campus-Based City Ministry.
Their vision became to someday see Rochester dramatically changed by its young peoples’ genuine faith in God and understanding of His heart for people. The campus is a perfect jumping-off point for the initiation of change as we train students on how to have a deeper understanding of God and a strong desire to be His hands and feet every day in a holistic way.
Chrissy says, “In coming to Campus Ambassadors I found that I had been extremely blessed in my upbringing. I was encouraged to begin mentoring and it really changed my life. It taught me that spiritual gifts don’t always have to be inside the box, and that it’s not so much what you know, but instead how you live your life that is going to impact the most people.”
Chrissy personally accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 8, during an altar call at a Christian camp, after realizing that she did not possess any ability to be good outside of God’s grace. She made the decision that she wanted to “be a credit to God’s name.”
As a teen Romans 11:33-12:2 became imprinted on her heart. It challenged her to think outside of cultural norms to become transformed by God’s will based on His depth and sovereignty. She firmly believes the promise at the end of the passage that through that transformation we are given the ability to know how to walk in His will as we pursue Him.
This belief, along with an incredible surrounding of prayer by the church at large, was the core of what carried her through the loss of her husband and best friend in August of 2014.
Chrissy wants to spread the truth that though we must walk down roads we do not always want to be on, God is faithful to the end, and though we must deal with pain He is the only real source of joy, hope, and love. He is our rock when life gets shaken.
Chrissy was raised in a loving Christian home. She married Jake Baxter on June 6, 2009 and was blessed to have had three children with him before he tragically passed away in a hiking accident. She has two daughters, Ruth Anne (2010) and Nadia (2011), and a son named Chase (2014).
Chrissy graduated from SUNY Brockport in December of 2009. She majored in psychology with a minor in sociology.