Renay Burger was appointed a Campus Ambassadors intern at and around the University of Arizona, Tucson. She has a heart for the poor, both in spirit and in pocketbook.
Tucson has been aptly dubbed the poorest city in the southwest. There Renay and her husband, Aaron, live and reach out to those in the low-socioeconomic neighborhood between the university campus and downtown Tucson.
When not on or around campus helping with Damascus Road’s events or music, or mentoring its young women, Renay teaches Slam Poetry after school to students at Amphitheater Middle School, in another poor neighborhood just a few blocks north of her home.
Renay came to know Christ personally during her freshman year at West Liberty State College in Wheeling, West Virginia, through a campus ministry very similar to that of Campus Ambassadors and Damascus Road.
Encouraged by her mentors at the time, it was through that ministry that Renay first began leading worship, teaching, and serving in the community.
Soon after, feeling called to work with the urban poor, Renay moved to Albany Park, one of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Chicago, to finish her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Secondary Education at North Park University.
Aaron accepted Christ early in life, but made his parents’ faith his own during high school. He was mentored by a Young Life leader and began to grow as a believer.
Aaron ministered to youth in many settings before the two moved to Tucson. It was there in Tucson that Aaron, after teaching art camp for two summers, pursued his Master’s in Education at N.A.U. He teaches middle school now and is active in Damascus Road playing music and leading small groups.
Renay married Aaron in August of 2002. After eight rewarding years of marriage and adventure, Renay and her husband welcomed their first child, Noam, into the family.
B.A. in English Literature and Secondary Education