Justin and Emily Walters

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Justin was appointed with Missions Door in April 2017 to serve with Campus Ambassadors. Justin’s focus is to help establish Christian community on-campus by discipling and equipping students, training them to serve God’s kingdom at Western Oregon University. Justin serves alongside four other staff members on the ministry team at WOU, leads Bible studies and worship sessions, and helps facilitate large group events. One of his primary goals is to reach students who don't fit into traditional church settings, helping them experience the love of Christ through community so that they can know Jesus and serve Him to the fullest.

Faith Story

Being raised in a Christian home, Justin committed his life to Christ at about eight years old. Growing up, Justin had severe struggles socially and made very few friends. He loved the Lord and immersed himself in understanding the foundations of his faith, but he often felt he lacked people investing in his life. By the time he started his freshman year at Chemeketa Community College, he had grown disillusioned with the church and felt that other Christians didn't care about him. He began to question his faith, and at one point he even thought about becoming an atheist. But one fateful day, God led him to approach the Campus Ambassadors table. He met the Chemeketa Campus Ambassadors director and got connected to the group. Through his involvement, he had the opportunity to be part of a group of Christians who truly cared about him, and after a long process of restoring his faith in Christ, he had the opportunity to reach out to other students and share God's love. After graduating college, Justin felt God calling him to serve in campus ministry full-time to help students experience the Gospel and transformation through Jesus.

Family

Justin and Emily met in 2018 and got married on July 20th, 2019. Emily works as a Reading Instructional Assistant at an elementary school and helps with the ministry as her schedule allows. Together they are focused on serving God on-campus, in church, and in the surrounding community.

Education

  • Justin: B.A. in Psychology from Oregon State University
  • Emily: B.A. in Elementary Education from Western Oregon University

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Learn more about where this ministry happens

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:
Oregon, United States