Paul and Jo Marsh

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

After spending 42 years on campus Paul’s focus is now on staff training. He is leading online theology classes, called CB Matrix. A two-year program to lay theological foundations for those doing ministry on campus. In addition, he is a support raising coach for new staff appointees. This involves training and encouragement for those in the process of support discovery. He also serves as the Area Coach for staff in Colorado, Iowa and Indiana. As such he is part of the Campus Ambassador national leadership team. Although his primary focus is on staff his overall purpose is still to reach the university campus with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul says, “In order for staff to be effective on campus it is vital that they had a solid understanding of what the bible teaches.”

Faith Story

Paul, the oldest of seven children, was raised in a Roman Catholic home. Over the years he drifted from any belief in God. Because of the faithful witness of Christian friends who were involved in Campus Ambassadors, Paul committed his life to Christ during his senior year at college.

Family

While at the University of Colorado at Boulder he met Jo and they were married in 1980. Paul & Jo have been married 40 plus years, have two children and three grandchildren.

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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast

Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.

The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.

The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.

Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.

Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.

Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.

Cultural Snapshot

Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

Faith Fact

In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.

Country Profile

Population: 320 million

Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other

Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others

Literacy: 99%

Poverty: 16%

 

 

Ministry service area:
Campus Ambassadors

Ministry location:
Ohio, United States